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No-Fuss DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

When it comes to beautiful skin we often overlook one component that plays a huge role in the health of our skin. Especially for those of us that have sensitive or acne-prone skin who prefer to wear makeup most days.

Let’s be honest how often do you wear makeup? And how often do you clean your makeup brushes?

Applying makeup with clean brushes is an important step to great skin. They can be a breeding ground for bacteria among other things… I know, eew.

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Make this No Fuss DIY natural makeup brush cleaner with just 3 ingredients.

4 Reasons To Clean Makeup Brushes

#1 Acne Prevention: When we use makeup brushes they can collect anything and everything. From dead skin cells, sebum oil, to dust. Each time we use a really dirty makeup brush we are applying possibly all those things on our face which can clog our pores and create acne as a result.

#2 Bacteria Buildup: When we don’t wash our makeup brushes, they can accumulate bacteria. This occurs when the bristles are damp, think liquid foundation. The moist, warm environment can become a petri dish, allowing microbes to breed into the bristles.

#3 Skin Irritations: Cleaning makeup brushes regularly helps keeps them soft. When makeup and dirt buildup on them, the bristles become stiff. Thus, causing us to rub harder when applying makeup. This alone can irritate our skin.

#4 Damaged Brushes:  Without proper care and cleaning, overtime our makeup brushes can get so clogged with makeup and dust that they don’t perform as well as they could.  Makeup might even change color when applied or look spotty.  If this happens, we may find ourselves applying more makeup in an attempt to for an even application. Wasting products, clogging our pores, and irritating our skin with too many brush strokes.


DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Ingredients

4 oz liquid castile soap

3 drops tea tree essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

4 oz dispenser bottle

How to clean makeup brushes with an Easy DIY Natural Makeup Brush CleanerHow to Make a DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Pour 4 ounces of liquid castile soap into the dispenser bottle. Add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Place the lid on the bottle and shake to combine.

Yields 4 ounces

How do you clean your makeup brushes at home?

To clean your makeup brushes wet the brush bristles and squeeze a small amount of cleaner onto the bristles. Lather bristles in a circular motion against the palm of your hand. Rinse under running water, avoiding the handle until void of makeup and suds. Lightly shake out makeup brush. Then, gently reshape bristles into place and lay flat to dry on a clean cloth overnight.

How often do you need to clean your makeup brushes?

If you wear makeup 5 days a week or more you should opt to clean your makeup brushes once a week. Do note, you should not let the brushes dry upright or water may weaken the bonding of the handle. So, lay them flat on a clean cloth to dry.

No Fuss DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner


Your skin will truly benefit from regularly giving your brushes a deep cleaning! But, you may be wondering; is it really worth spending fifteen dollars on a bottle of liquid castile soap to make a natural makeup brush cleaner?

I’ve found that I really only need a few simple ingredients to make all of my natural skincare products. And it’s easier than you think! So, I compiled this list of 20 must-have ingredients to make natural skincare products as a guide. Check it out and you’ll see how far a bottle of liquid castile soap can really go!

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