The Cheapest Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes & Beauty Blenders

Cleaning your makeup brushes and beauty blenders can be as busy as laundry day, and it is definitely not optional. Dirty makeup tools carry so many germs that could be harmful to your skin if not washed regularly. Many have claimed that once a month is how often you should be washing your brushes and blenders, but I beg to differ. Think of how gross your brushes and blenders would be after a month. 30-31 days of not cleaning them? That’s a horrible skin breakout waiting to happen. Makeup brushes and beauty blenders should be washed at least two times a week to avoid buildup of products.

Now that we have an understanding of how often you should be wasing your makeup tools, let’s jump right into what you can use to clean those said tools. Many brands have these fancy makeup brush and beauty blender cleaners and soaps for sale, and many of those range from $20 and up. I don’t know about you, but for someone who gets their tools cleaned with products that are not even near that amount, I find it appalling. I think about it this way: if the brush soap costs more than what you paid for the actual brush, then it’s most likely not worth the money. It is possible to get your makeup brushes and beauty blenders completely clean with products you could find at any dollar or grocery store.


Cheap products you can clean your makeup brushes with:

  • Liquid dish soap – as low as $0.99
  • Bar soap – as low as $1.00
  • White vinegar – as low as $1.99
  • Baby shampoo – as low as $3.99
  • Face wash – as low as $1.00
  • Olive oil – as low as $1.06
  • Regular shampoo – as low as $0.99
  • Antibacterial soap – as low as $0.75

It makes sense using a product like shampoo to clean makeup brushes, because something that is used to clean something as delicate as your hair can definitely work well on a makeup brush, especially one that contains natural animal hair. All of these options are great, but my favorite is liquid dish soap. You can buy one as small as 8 oz. at any grocery store, dollar store or Walmart, and keep it on your bathroom sink. If you choose to use a face wash, I recommend Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, as it is probably the most lightweight and unscented face wash on the market, targeted for sensitive skin. Why not use something that doesn’t irritate your face, for you makeup tools?

So you’ve unlocked the secrets makeup brush and beauty blenders cleaners that is on sale for as low as $1.00 near you, but you have no idea about the correct way to clean your tools. No worries, it’s easier than you think. Here are a few tutorials on how to properly clean your makeup brushes and beauty blenders.

How to clean your makeup brushes with white vinegar:

  1. Fill a cup with hot water.
  2. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar in the cup of water.
  3. Soak the brushes in the cup for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse the brushes with cold water.
  5. Pat dry and you’re done!

You can even mix dish soap in with the water and vinegar for an even cleaner result!

How to properly clean makeup brushes without damaging them:

  1. Apply a small amount of soap on the palm of your hand.
  2. Swirl your brush against your palm in a gentle motion.
  3. Rinse and lay them on a towel to dry.

How to properly clean beauty blenders/makeup sponges:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water.
  2. Add 3 drops of antibacterial soap.
  3. Soak beauty blenders for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Remove access water by squeezing them out.
  6. Place on a wire rack to dry.

How do you clean your makeup tools, and what do you use? Comment below!