DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Today I am sharing my quick & inexpensive homemade makeup brush cleaner recipe. I started making my own brush cleaner a few years ago after being disenchanted by the cost of store bought ones. Personally, I find it difficult to convince myself to pay $14 {going rate for a Sephora brand cleaner} for a bottle of liquid when the homemade stuff works just as well.  The best thing about homemade cleaners is that there are so many variations out there & a lot of the ingredients are things you probably already have lying around in your house!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe 
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon liquid dish detergent
1 tablespoon vinegar

Fill a small bowl with the above ingredients. Place brushes bristle side down in the bowl & swoosh around. Remove brushes and rinse under tap water. Reshape the brushes & then place them on an old towel or a couple sheets of paper towel. Allow to dry.

It's recommended that you wash your brushes at least once a month. This will help your brushes last longer and also help you avoid spreading bacteria to your face and causing those nasty breakouts. Is it sad to say that this is probably thee only cleaning schedule I stick to around my house?! Maybe if the laundry threatened to cause breakouts I'd be convinced to stay on top of it.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Are a lot of you off for MLK day? Unfortunately, I was hit with a horrible head cold and spent most of my long weekend cuddled up with my pillow & Neti pot.
Not exactly what I had planned! 
Hope you all have a delightful Monday.

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15 comments

Rica said...

So simple. Thanks for sharing, i've always known i needed to wash my brushes but i usually just buy new ones when they get all gunky. This will save me a lil extra cash.

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

Genius! I need to do this! I just started using bare minerals and I know I need to keep those brushes in tip top shape!

Meg {henninglove} said...

ugh sorry about the cold jennifer. hope you get better soon! and what a great DIY for make-up brushes, we definitely have to clean our brushes for sure

Tonia L said...

I'm so sorry you had to spend the weekend sick! My daughter has been sick and we aren't sure whats wrong but it doesn't seem to be going away. :( Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Great recipe!! Hope you are feeling better soon !

Sarah said...

I'm gonna have to try this! I usually just wash mine with hand soap! Eeek! And, I'm ashamed to say... I haven't washed my brushes in like 2 or 3 months!! I'm definitely going to get on it this weekend though!

Anna said...

This is awesome! I would love it if you would guest post this and share it with my readers. Email me if you are interested.

Anna
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sherri lynn said...

This is good to know! I love finding a way to make something at home instead of shelling out cash for it! I hope you're feeling better! :)

Val said...

Love this...I always clean my brushes with soap and water...Love the idea of vinegar too. Thank you for sharing.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

What a great idea! I bought Cliniques version several months ago and it makes my brushes feel so amazing and clean, but when that runs out I am turning to this! Thanks for sharing! xo

My.Florentine said...

Thanks for the quick and cheap alternative. Just wondering do you wash you foundation and concealer brushes after each use or clean them some other way?

Hollie Ann said...

i am totally doing this! i need easy! and i don't wash my brushes....talk about GROSS!

Jamie said...

You don't even want to know how long it's been since I cleaned my brushes. Yuck.

Cosmetics said...

looks amazing! I agree the brushes itself is so great, what a wonderful opp;)

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