{How To} Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner

Happy Monday. It was a gloomy weekend in Los Angeles, but I still managed to have fun and eat some good food (photos here).

Makeup brushes are essential beauty tools we use on a daily basis, but we pay very little attention to them. Probably because we want to ignore how dirty they are and not go through the trouble of cleaning them. Yes, I’m guilty. But by using dirty brushes… we’re basically applying dirt, oil, and bacteria onto our face! Gross. Ignorance is not bliss. Here’s what I suggest…

1) Daily: Take a makeup remover towelette or a antibacterial hand wipe to lightly clean your brush. Gently swipe your brushes back and forth on the wipes to clean after each use.
2) Weekly: Once a week (I suggest Sunday nights), follow the steps below to make your very own natural brush cleaner to deep clean your brushes!

{How To} Make Homemade Brush Cleaner for Weekly Deep Cleaning


  • TWO parts baby shampoo (dish-washing liquid) :: to clean
  • ONE part olive oil :: to condition


  1. Mix baby shampoo + olive oil + a little bit of water on a plate.
  2. Pick up the mixture with the brush and gently swish around to work up a nice lather on the palm of your hand.
    * If you’re feeling diligent: Work through each individual brush. I suggest starting with your least dirty brushes and working your way up to the brushes you’ve used for dark shadows and eyeliners.
    * If you’re feeling a bit lazy: Put the mixture in a bowl and add water until you get a sudsy bath. Dunk a handful of brushes into the sudsy bath at once and swish around in the bowl. The really dirty ones will still need individual attention, but this way saves some time. I suggest rinsing individually to make sure each one is clean. 🙂
  3. Rinse well with water and gently squeeze excess water out without pulling bristles. 
  4. Air dry with bristles pointing down. (*You don’t want the water to work it’s way up the brush because it will loosen the glue holding the bristles together.)
  5. Don’t forget to pin this tutorial on Pinterest to share with all your followers. Check out my other popular tutorials here!

Take these steps to clean your brushes each week will not only extend the life and quality of your brushes, it’ll also help prevent unwanted blemishes and breakouts. A clean face is a happy face!~

Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.

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  1. Eileen
    April 25, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I was so excited to try this and then was disappointed I did. Left my brushes oily and gross. I still can’t get the oil off one of my brushes. don’t do this to your brushes

    • April 30, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      What type oil and soap did you use? The soap may have something to do with it.

  2. Morgan
    May 21, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Unfortunately I didn’t read the comments about rinsing with vinegar and water after the oil. The oil left my brushes super oily when they dried. Thumbs down 🙁

  3. February 27, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    I am so gonna do this…thanks for this tip I searched everywhere for the right mix, guess what It does work

  4. Divina
    March 26, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    Ohhh I can’t wait to try this! Admittedly I’m so lazy with my brushes. :\

  5. January 3, 2014 / 1:30 am

    Yay! Thanks for this tutorial. 🙂

  6. Laura Peterson
    November 27, 2013 / 11:23 am

    Can you use vegetable oil?

  7. March 11, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Olive Oil is amazing for deep cleansing. however when I’m done washing/rinsing, I give it a Vinegar + Water bath, and rinse again. This will get off the excess oil – don’t want it on your face! 🙂

  8. December 4, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    I’ve got both of these items at home so I will definitely be trying this!!

  9. December 3, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    Great tutorial! I’ll have to try it 🙂 I’ve been using baby shampoo to wash my makeup brushes.


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  10. December 3, 2012 / 8:20 am

    I wash my brushes with just a regular mild shampoo – never tried adding olive oil to the mix. Should give this a try next time…and I am the lazy one who dunks all the brushes in at one go 😛