Monday, December 10, 2012

DIY Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Oh hey fellow makeup lovers! I don't know about you but when I say "Hello winter!" I also say "Goodbye tan!". Which means my makeup brushes are working overtime and certainly look the part. 

I consider myself a thrifty gal. The thought of spending $20++ on a quality brush cleaner gives me the heebie geebies. I mean, wouldn't you rather spend that money on a fab new lipstick (that you probably don't need...wink wink!) instead of boring old brush cleaner?! 

Nonetheless, cleaning brushes is essential to great makeup and a fresh face. So I hit the pin galleries in search of a DIY brush cleaner and voila! I found this lovely how-to. 

I felt a little like a mad scientist with the mixin' and the measurements but it was super quick, super easy and in the long run I get to save a few pennies. A Pin Win from this sister!

The Ingredients:
TWO parts baby shampoo
ONE part olive oil

Pin Sister Tip: We used a shot glass as our "measuring cup" which resulted in way more cleaner than we needed. Oopsies! A little bit goes a long way...lesson learned. We recommend using tablespoon measurements and simply sticking to the two parts baby shampoo, one part olive oil rule. You can easily mix more (or less) depending on the number of brushes you want to freshen up.

Step One:
Mix the baby shampoo and olive oil with a bit of water on a plate or in a small glass.

Step Two:
Dip your brush in the mixture so the bristles are completely covered in cleaner.

Step Three:
Swish the dipped brush in the palm of your hand to work up a nice lather.

Step Four:
Rinse the lathered brush under warm water to remove the cleaner and dirt residue. Goodbye dirt, oil and bacteria!

Step Five:
Air dry with bristles pointing down, NOT up!

The Results:
So fresh n' so clean clean!

After seeing just how well this recipe worked, I ended up cleaning a few more of my brushes with the extra mixture leftover. Now, I have brushes that look and feel as good as new! Woop woop!

Pineology: Click here for this pin's origin.


  1. By the way, Delallo EVOO is the only oil I use. Also will try this homemade cleaner. Thanks

  2. Awesome! I will definitely try this Pin Win!


  3. I've found a few ways to clean my brushes over the years. At first, I just cleaned them with water. That didn't work too well, especially with the gel stuff caked on them.

  4. Why baby shampoo specifically? Can other shampoos work as well?