DIY TWO Ingredient Makeup Brush Cleaner & Brush Cleaning Tutorial!


Clean your makeup brushes with items you have around the house already!

I don’t use a lot of makeup, but when I do, my brushes seem to hang onto whatever I am using at the time really well. This is great for when I am using that item, but when I go on to the next, not so much. Makeup brush cleaners that you get in the store are so full of chemicals and tend to dry my brushes out. So I went on the hunt and found a great way to clean them at home with products I know and trust! See how I do it below…

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Dirty Makeup Brushes
  • Antibacterial Dish Soap (Dawn is my go to!)
  • Hair Conditioner or Olive Oil (I have always used olive oil but hear hair conditioner works well too.)
  • Container for Mix
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Band
  • Access to a Sink

Get your dirty makeup brushes laid out and ready to be washed. Then, take your container or plate and add equal parts antibacterial dish soap and hair conditioner or olive oil. I just use 1 tablespoon of Dawn and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.


Now, take one of your dirty brushes and give your ingredients a good mix.


It won’t take long for your mixture to look a little like this..

IMG_8822Swirl each makeup brush in the mixture to get all the built up makeup off them.

Now, swipe your brush (one at a time) back and forth several times on your hand to get the excess makeup out.

IMG_8825Now, turn on your faucet and use warm water to rinse each brush while swiping it over your hand.


Once the water runs clean, set your brush aside. Repeat until you’ve rinsed all of your brushes.

When you’re finished rinsing all of your brushes, pick them up one at a time and “walk” the excess water down the length of the brush to help dry it.

IMG_8834Repeat with each brush.

Once you’ve removed the excess water from all of your brushes, gather them up and pat them dry with a paper towel.


Now, here’s the important part. Do not let your brushes sit on the counter or upside down in a glass to dry! This will only keep the water in the handle of the brush which will lead to a breakdown in the material. This will cause your brush to loose bristles!

Take a rubber band or other object and wrap the tops of the brushes with it.


Now, use a wall hook (the top of the faucet works too if you’re not going to use it) to hang your brushes, bristles down, to dry.

IMG_8837Hanging your brushes bristles down will help the water to seep out of the brush entirely. Hanging them this way will also help your bristles to maintain their natural shape.

So, that’s the end of my version of makeup brush cleaner and cleaning. I hope this helps the next time you think about cleaning out these expensive little tools.




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