How to Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaner

Makeup Brush Cleaner

If it isn’t already, washing your makeup brushes and using a makeup brush cleaner should be a permanent part of your beauty routine. Cleaning is imperative for the life and quality of both your skin and brushes. Just think about it: you use makeup every day, sometimes even twice a day. When you realize where and how often your makeup brushes go, you will realize how much makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria are trapped in an unclean brush. Unless you wash your brushes, you will only be rubbing it all back on your skin.

So, the bottom line is that you should be washing your brushes frequently. For brushes you use daily and don’t share with anyone else, at least once a week would be great or maybe even twice a week if you apply makeup often. If you have the time, clean your foundation brushes daily or after every use, especially if you use liquid foundation since it will trap more bacteria and thus, will need to be cleaned more frequently.

Fancy brush shampoos can be a bit too expensive, while baby shampoo doesn’t disinfect your brushes properly. Here, we will be looking at two methods of making your own makeup brush cleaner at home with inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Making Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaner

You’ll Need:

  • Liquid dish detergent (to clean and disinfect the brushes)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (to condition the bristle hair after it has been disinfected and stripped of oils by the detergent)
  • A plate


  1. Pour a little bit of the liquid dish detergent onto a plate.
  2. Then, pour a little extra virgin olive oil on the plate. The ratio should be 2 parts detergent to 1 ½ part extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Now, you can start cleaning! Take your first brush and swirl it in circular motions on the plate. You should start to see the makeup coming off in the mixture.
  4. Then, take the brush and move it to and fro on your hand. This will help remove all of the makeup as well as kill bacteria.
  5. Once your brush is clean, place it on a paper towel.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the rest of your brushes.
  7. After cleaning all of your brushes, rinse them under warm water. Wipe the brush on your hand under the water to clean it completely. Remember not to use hot water for this step as it could damage your brush.
  8. Continue cleaning your brush in this way until the water comes off clear.
  9. After all of your brushes are rinsed clean, use a paper towel to blot out the excess water and gently wipe them dry. A normal paper towel works best since it will not leave any lint on the brush.
  10. If necessary, reshape the bristles by pressing them between your fingers until they are back to their original shape.

There is another method to create your own makeup brush cleaner, again with inexpensive supplies you can easily find in your kitchen.

You’ll Need:

  • Hot water
  • A cup
  • 2 tsp distilled white vinegar (Don’t worry about the smell of the vinegar since it will disappear in about 20 minutes!)


  1. Boil a cup of water.
  2. After waiting for a few minutes, pour 2 tsp of distilled white vinegar in it and stir.
  3. Now, dip your dirty brush in this makeup brush cleaner and swirl it around. You should start to see the makeup coming off.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Then, follow with a cold water rinse.
  6. Reshape your brush bristles if required.
  7. Use this makeup brush cleaner for the rest of your brushes and dry them using the methods mentioned below.

Drying Your Brushes after Using the Makeup Brush Cleaner

NEVER dry your brushes in an upright position as it will ruin them! Water will drip down into the base of the brush head and settle into the glue that is holding the bristles together. Over time, the glue will loosen up and eventually, the hairs will fall out and the handle will be ruined. So, you can either lay your brushes flat on a towel to dry or even better, hang dry them with the following method:

You’ll Need:

  • A hanger
  • Chip clips
  • Brush guards


  1. Take a suitable brush guard for the brush you have cleaned and slide it over the end of the handle all the way over the bristles.
  2. Now, take the chip clip and place it over the base wire of the hanger. The clip should hang from the hanger.
  3. Clip the brush onto the hanger by placing the end of the brush into the clip clamp. The bristles should be facing downwards.
  4. Do the same for all of your brushes and then, hang the hanger on a towel rack or doorknob to let the brushes dry completely for a few hours or overnight.


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