I wanted to share my favorite way to clean makeup brushes (this can be used for skin brushes, too – more on skin brushing in a future post!)
*Make sure you do this when you don’t need to use your brushes, since they can take up to 24 hours to dry.
Making your own cleaner saves money + cuts down on extra packaging waste, and the ingredients are good to have on hand to be used in multiple ways (I use Dr. Bronners soap to wash clothes, and tea tree oil can be used as a spot treatment for acne and is great to have around during cold and flu season).
Many people use shampoo to clean their brushes, but Dr. Bronner’s soap is gentle, and made with all natural, organic oils. A lot of shampoos have harsh surfactants & alcohol which can dry out and break down bristles (and are just as damaging to your hair!)
Tea tree oil is perfect because it’s anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.
What you’ll need:
Tea tree oil (make sure it’s in amber glass – clear glass bottles cause essential oils to degrade from the light)
Liquid Castille Soap
A little bit of water
A cloth to dry your brushes on
What to do:
1. Add some water, a little bit of soap, and about 5-10 drops tea tree oil to your jar (you may need more for larger brushes).
The smaller the brush, the less water I use, since it’s best not to get the metal part of your brushes wet (water can loosen the glue that holds the bristles in place)
2. Swirl brushes around in jar or on your hand to get them clean
4. Repeat if necessary. You may have to start over with a fresh water / soap / tea tree oil solution and rinse multiple times to really get them clean
5. Blot dry on cloth, reshape, and dry lying flat on towel
What’s your favorite type of cleaner? Let me know in the comments if you give this one a try!
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