How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Without Chemicals

While sanitizing your makeup brushes may fall to the bottom of your household or personal to-do list, it’s really important to make this a monthly habit as your brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria. It doesn’t really make sense that you’d spend time and effort (and sometimes lots of money) on your skincare regimen if you’re not cleaning the brushes you’re using on your delicate facial skin. Not only will a regular wash help boost your application skills by ridding your brushes of harsh, oily residue, it will also save you from infections and skin irritations.

As a general rule, cleaning your brushes should be done at least once a month—and even daily for brushes used for liquid cosmetics, which can harbor more germs. While the task of keeping your brushes in safe and sanitary condition may seem time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be—thanks to two easy DIY cleansing recipes that will keep your brushes bacteria-and toxin-free. Both of the cleansing methods below naturally sanitize your brushes to keep your skin beautiful and free of breakouts.

Natural Cleansing Solution #1

What you’ll need:
-Organic olive oil
-Organic pure-castile soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s lavender version)
-Distilled white vinegar
-Warm water
-Two glass bowls

1. Mix together equal parts soap and olive oil in one of the glass bowls. Coat only the bristles of the brush evenly by dipping them into the mixture, which will loosen the grime. Use your fingers to work through the build-up to ensure you’re freeing the bristles of all residue.
2. Rinse the brush with warm water pointing it down to avoid wetting the stem and gently pinch out the excess water.
3. Pour a half cup of distilled white vinegar into the second glass bowl. Dip your squeeze-dried brush into the vinegar.
4. Again, rinse the brush under warm water for a final cleanse and squeeze the excess water from the brush.
5. Reshape the bristles and lay the brushes flat to dry on a washcloth or paper towel.

Natural Cleansing Solution #2

What you’ll need:
-Coconut oil
-Washcloth or paper towel

1. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil until liquified.
2. Dip your brushes in the coconut oil and stroke them back and forth on a paper towel until all residue is removed (or until the brush leaves a clear streak).
3. Give the brushes a quick rinse under water.
4. Lay the brushes flat on a towel or paper towel to dry.

Note: It’s best to clean your brushes at night to leave ample drying time so they’re soft, clean, and ready to use by morning.

Will you use one of these easy DIYs to clean your makeup brushes? Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author

Meg is a NYC–based entrepreneur and editor, and she is co-founder and CEO of the healthy living and wellness app, Ellevate. She has a strong editorial background as a former editor for POPSUGAR and New York editor of DailyCandy. She’s always scouring the lifestyle marketplace to uncover the best new product, playlist, eatery, or wellness trend. Need to know what’s going on in the world of beauty, fitness, food, or fashion? Ask Meg.

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