DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner and Drying Techniques

October 16, 2016

DIY natural makeup brush cleaner using dish soap and olive oil

Up until recently I had always cleaned my makeup brushes using a (very) old bottle of the makeup cleaner solution sold in MAC stores. It always worked well enough but my brushes still never looked quite as pristine as they did the day I bought them. That is until I decided to experiment with DIY brush cleaner recipes…

This brush cleaner recipe requires only two ingredients and cleans my brushes FAR better than any store-bought cleaner ever has. A mix of 1 part olive oil and 2 parts dish soap is all it takes!

Also did you know that brushes need to be dried with the bristles facing down? If you dry them bristles up (or even flat) you risk water mixing with and loosening the glue that holds the bristles together! Because of this, I’m going to show you my three favorite ways to dry my makeup brushes as well.

DIY natural makeup brush cleaner using dish soap and olive oil

DIY natural makeup brush cleaner using dish soap and olive oil

First run your brush (bristles down!) under some water to get it a little damp. Then swirl your brush in the soap and olive oil mixture and rub the brush gently back and forth across the palm of your hand to loosen any lingering makeup. Rinse again under water and repeat as necessary until the water runs clear over the brush.

How to properly clean and dry makeup brushes using DIY natural brush cleaner

Time to dry! The first (and arguably my most favorite) way to dry my brushes is by using a cutting board and two rubber bands. I place the rubber bands about an inch away from one another and snuggle my brushes between the rubber bands and the board in a sort of lattice design to keep them steady.

How to properly clean and dry makeup brushes using DIY natural brush cleaner

Another option if you don’t have rubber bands would be to roll up a dish towel and lay a paper towel over one edge. Place the brushes bristles down leaning against the towel and they’ll dry just just as nicely. 
How to properly clean and dry makeup brushes using DIY natural brush cleaner

Lastly, the most creative option I have seen is to use a hanger and chip clips to hang dry each brush!

How do you currently clean your brushes? Any other tips? Let me know!

Like what you see?

Cleaning-checklist

Subscribe and receive a PDF copy of my daily cleaning checklist + weekly tips on how to live a cleaner life!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

You Might Also Like

2 Comments

  • Reply When to throw away old makeup plus Makeup Expiration Guide - A Clean BeeA Clean Bee February 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    […] one more minute to clean your makeup brushes – if you’re like me (and I am willing to bet you are on this one) you definitely do not […]

  • Reply 23 Household Uses for Coconut Oil - A Clean Bee May 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    […] an unnecessary extra step to melt it down first. I use a combination of olive oil and dish soap to clean my makeup brushes and it works like a […]

  • Leave a Reply