How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

In an effort to help keep my skin clearer, I’ve been religious about cleaning my makeup brushes once a week. Cleaning my brushes regularly has helped in the breakout department–it makes sense, since I’m not constantly spreading dirt, bacteria and oil all over my face.
The only downside is, specific makeup brush cleaners can be a little pricey, so I went a DIY route and I have been really pleased with the results.
cleaning your makeup brushes
You will need:
 
-a plate
-1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp unscented castille soap (I like Dr. Bronners–you can find it here, or at your local health food store)
Add the oil and the soap to the plate. Thoroughly wet your makeup brush and swirl through the soap and oil, pressing gently against the plate to create a lather.
Rinse your makeup brush under running water, continuing to swirl against the plate until the water runs clear and there are no more suds. Gently squeeze out any excess water and lay your makeup brushes flat on a clean cloth to dry.
In case you are wondering about the choice of ingredients for this DIY, here’s the lowdown:
Olive oil: First off, one thing you should remember is that like dissolves like. If you want to dissolve stubborn oil, you need to use another oil. Secondly, the olive oil helps condition your makeup brushes and keep them soft.
Castille soap: I’ve seen versions of this brush cleansing method that use Dawn dish soap, but that seems way too harsh to me! Castille soap on the other hand is gentle and natural, with no dyes or fragrances (perfect for the sensitive skin on your face!)–plus it’s great for cleaning and killing bacteria.
Easy-peasy right? Now there is no reason for you to have dirty makeup brushes. Go clean yours! Your skin will thank you.

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  • Kaitlyn Evans

    This is brilliant! I just tried it and the results were amazing. so much better than other soaps for brushes. Thanks!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it and it worked well for you. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I never think about cleaning my makeup brushes. It’s really bad. This is a great tip–I need to try it!

  • http://dbkstreamofconsciousness.com/ Delia Barnas Kearney

    I never think about cleaning my makeup brushes. It’s really bad. This is a great tip–I need to try it!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I think about it every time I use them–my skin is so breakout prone, I’m always worried they aren’t clean!

  • Ashley Fastle

    Jana, you seriously have the cutest blog ever. I love looking at it. I just started a blog, so fun!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Aw thank you! You are the sweetest! I saw that you started a blog when I was creeping your Instagram profile…:) I’m following your blog. Because I’m cool like that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    You’re welcome, girly! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Thanks Ashley! :) I have a Canon Rebel XTI. I bought it used on ebay a year and a half ago. It’s a really great starter DSLR since it’s not too expensive. I’m hoping to upgrade soon though!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Thank you! I don’t blame you–it’s hard to tell if they really are clean, and you don’t want to be rubbing bacteria all over your face if they aren’t.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Thank you! I love Castille soap–I use it for so many things!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    That is too funny! It really cracks me up when another blogger and I post very similar or even the same content on the same day. Great minds! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Thank you! :) I hope you love it. :)

  • http://www.kenziespafford.blogspot.com/ Kenzie

    I love all of your DIY posts and how they are all natural! I can’t wait to try it out on my brushes, they sure need a good cleaning!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Thank you! :) I hope you love it. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I almost posted this today! Just cleaned mine last night!

  • http://coffeewithkai.blogspot.com/ Kai

    I almost posted this today! Just cleaned mine last night!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      That is too funny! It really cracks me up when another blogger and I post very similar or even the same content on the same day. Great minds! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I’ve never thought about using Castille soap, but that’s such a great idea!

  • http://journeywithdestiny.wordpress.com/ Destiny Barker

    I’ve never thought about using Castille soap, but that’s such a great idea!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Thank you! I love Castille soap–I use it for so many things!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Such a good idea! I always get paranoid about my brushes– I use so much soap because I get worried they’re not getting clean!

  • http://carlyblogshere.blogspot.com/ carly

    Such a good idea! I always get paranoid about my brushes– I use so much soap because I get worried they’re not getting clean!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Thank you! I don’t blame you–it’s hard to tell if they really are clean, and you don’t want to be rubbing bacteria all over your face if they aren’t.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Nope! I don’t do it every time, though. I just use it once in awhile because I’ve read it helps reduce shedding and keep brushes soft. But I bet olive oil does the same thing for them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Your photos are so beautiful. What camera do you use?

  • http://abziggy.blogspot.com/ Ashley Z.

    Your photos are so beautiful. What camera do you use?

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Thanks Ashley! :) I have a Canon Rebel XTI. I bought it used on ebay a year and a half ago. It’s a really great starter DSLR since it’s not too expensive. I’m hoping to upgrade soon though!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I need to clean my brushes more often, thanks for the suggestions! :)

  • http://amberlyandjoe.blogspot.com/ Amberly

    I need to clean my brushes more often, thanks for the suggestions! :)

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      You’re welcome, girly! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Have I ever thanked you for how consistently you comment? If not, thank you! It really makes my day. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I’m so glad it works well for you! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I bet the baby shampoo works great! That would be my second choice if I didn’t have castille soap. Does the conditioner ever make you break out? I have such sensitive skin, I would be worried about using conditioner. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I hope you try it out! It really is fabulous. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I’ve never done this! I need to try it!

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea

    I’ve never done this! I need to try it!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      Have I ever thanked you for how consistently you comment? If not, thank you! It really makes my day. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    this is exactly how i wash my brushes! it works great! =)

  • http://www.lovensarcasm.blogspot.com racheldelle

    this is exactly how i wash my brushes! it works great! =)

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I’m so glad it works well for you! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    I’ve used just baby shampoo and/or any conditioner I have leftover, but the olive oil is definitely what I’ve used for stubborn foundation brushes. Great tips!

  • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

    I’ve used just baby shampoo and/or any conditioner I have leftover, but the olive oil is definitely what I’ve used for stubborn foundation brushes. Great tips!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I bet the baby shampoo works great! That would be my second choice if I didn’t have castille soap. Does the conditioner ever make you break out? I have such sensitive skin, I would be worried about using conditioner. :(

      • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

        Nope! I don’t do it every time, though. I just use it once in awhile because I’ve read it helps reduce shedding and keep brushes soft. But I bet olive oil does the same thing for them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    This is a great tip! I usually just use some hand soap and hot water to wash my brushes, but it sounds like this trick would preserve the brushes longer. And once a week doesn’t sound too bad!

  • http://wetherillssayido.com Madison

    This is a great tip! I usually just use some hand soap and hot water to wash my brushes, but it sounds like this trick would preserve the brushes longer. And once a week doesn’t sound too bad!

    • http://lifecouldbeadreamblog.com/ Jana Tolman

      I hope you try it out! It really is fabulous. :)