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Homemade Solution for Cleaning Makeup Brushes

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I always talk about how much I love to clean, that is true but one cleaning project I have been putting off a little bit too long is cleaning my makeup brushes. This should probably be done weekly but it has been months for me and I always tell myself that I am going to pick up some solution for cleaning my makeup brushes the next time I go to the store. The problem is that I never remember and that’s probably because I don’t wear makeup very often, maybe once a week.

So instead of relying on buying a product from the store to clean my makeup brushes, I decided to make my own. After a million different internet searches and suggestions from other bloggers, I have found the perfect Homemade Solution for Cleaning Makeup Brushes. I love that this can be made from things most of us already have on hand and it actually works really well.

I mix 2 parts dish soap to one part olive oil. I then rinse each one of my brushes with water before submerging into the solution. I then dip each brush into the solution, in a swirling motion.

Try not to press the edges against the bottom of the bowl too hard but you will definitely want to hit the sides and bottom of the bowl to help remove any caked up substances.

I also use my fingers to kind of squeegee out the remaining debris that may still be trapped in the brush. I then rinse again.

If there are still some things stuck in the brush, repeat the process and press the brush against the palm of your hand while using your fingers to loosen the debris.

Rinse off with warm water and allow them to dry.

For me, this process consists of blotting the top of the brushes with a paper towel and then laying them down to dry.

If your brushes have changed shape or look kinda funky, smooth them out with your fingers while wet to ensure that they return to their normal shape when done drying.

Once your brushes are dry, you can use them again, with all of your favorite products. My new obsession is a Black Liquid Eyeliner, and the Manizer Sisters aka the “Luminizers” from 

I love the retro feminine look to the products and packaging, plus the products I have tried out feel great on my skin while making me look my best. I love that I can use these products with a clean brush anytime I want, with very little effort and no trips to the store to pick up unnecessary products.

Even Daisy wants to look her best and try out these products, she must know that they are talc, paraben, and cruelty-free.

This homemade solution for cleaning makeup brushes is the perfect way to keep your makeup brushes bacteria-free and in great shape for applying your favorite makeup products.

This homemade makeup solution would be a perfect git to go along with a Beauty Gift Basket, too. I think everyone can appreciate a homemade solution that actually works for cleaning your makeup brushes.

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Melissa Dixon Thirty Something Super Mom
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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.


Monday 28th of February 2022

Worked like a charm- thank you!


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Awesome. So happy to hear it. Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know!

Keira Ball

Monday 9th of August 2021

Excellent post. Love your ideas and tips.


Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it.


Saturday 14th of March 2020

these tips are quite useful, my brushes are always be mold but after I apply these steps, it's always clean as new

Tiffany La Forge-Grau

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Those things can be pretty stubborn. This is an awesome solution to getting them spotless!

Ruth I

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

It's important to keep the brushes clean as we use it on our faces. Thank you for these easy and helpful tips!

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