DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
Say goodbye to toxic chemicals and expensive store-bought products. With this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner, you just need three natural ingredients to make this easy and effective homemade solution.
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We all know how important it is to clean our makeup brushes–not only are dirty brushes a breeding ground for bacteria, but as they get caked with product, they can irritate our skin, cause breakouts, clog pores, make our application muddy, streaky or uneven and the brushes themselves can get damaged, which means you’ll have to throw them away and spend more money on buying new already-expensive makeup brushes.
Alright, so, I’ve convinced you to clean your makeup brushes. But now let me urge you to stop doing so with gross and expensive store-bought cleaners.
Making your own DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner is extremely affordable (you likely already have all the ingredients you need on hand!) and super effective.
Did I mention it’s easy? Like pretty much all of the DIY Beauty recipes I share on R+R, if you can measure liquid into a tablespoon, you can make this! It’s really that simple.
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Why You Should DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
So why would you even want to make your own makeup brush cleaner?
Unfortunately, like most store-bought beauty products, tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants make up the ingredient lists of most brush cleaners.
For the skeptics out there (hi! I used to be one of you until my eyes were opened by the Environmental Working Group), I’ve outlined the top toxic ingredients found in some of the most popular makeup brush cleaners (including Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner, Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel Brush Cleaner, e.l.f. Brush Shampoo and even “green” brands like Ecotools Cruelty-Free and Eco-Friendly Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo) on the market today below:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Skin irritant causing allergic reactions, itchy, cracked and dry skin and can even damage eyes.
- Parabens: Mimic estrogen in the body and cause reproductive, hormonal, and developmental disorders with a link to breast cancer.
- Fragrance: Hormone disruptor and among the top five allergens in the world.
- D&C Green #6: An artificial color that causes cancer, notably thyroid tumors, in rodents, and also poses a risk for hyperactivity in children and allergic reactions.
- Phenoxyethanol: A preservative that may cause central nervous system depression, kidney damage, skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness.
And even if you can find some natural cleaners that aren’t full of toxic chemicals, you’ll likely have to shell out a pretty penny. In fact, most store-bought makeup brush cleaners will cost you at least $10.
Compare that to this homemade makeup brush cleaner, which costs just $1.12 per use. It’s made with:
- Organic extra-virgin olive oil, removes makeup and conditions brush bristles
- I paid just $10.99 at Sprouts for 16.9 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.65
- Lavender Castile Soap, a non-toxic, gentle disinfectant soap that cleans brushes
- I paid just $10.99 for 16 ounces, but I only used 0.5 ounces = $0.35
- Organic Tea Tree Oil, which is known for its antibacterial, antifungal and skin-clearing properties
- I paid just $9.95 for 1 ounce, but I only used a few drops = $0.12
Total Cost = $1.12 per use
You can find all of the ingredients you need for this recipe at Sprouts Farmers Market, which specializes in healthy, natural and organic food and wellness products at affordable prices!
In fact, their Vitamins + Body Care section is one of my favorite places to buy affordable, natural ingredients for DIY recipes.
From superfoods to probiotics, homeopathic medicine to non-toxic shampoo and face wash and essential oils, Sprouts has one of the best natural wellness sections.
How to Make DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
When I said this recipe was easy I wasn’t kidding. As you can see from the infographic above, all you have to do is pour the three ingredients into a bowl and swirl your brush around in it.
I like to have a second glass or bowl filled with clean water nearby to swirl the brush in after it’s been thoroughly coated in the cleaning mixture. You can go back and forth as many times as you need to until the brush is completely clean and all color is gone.
When you’re done, simply pat the brush on a clean microfiber cloth and lay flat to dry.
I like to let my brushes dry overnight, but it usually takes about 6-8 hours to dry naturally.
As you can see from the photo below, when the brush is clean it’s REALLY clean. On the left is a clean brush, and on the right is a brush that still needs to be cleaned.
If you try this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!
- 1 ounce Organic extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 ounce Lavender Castile Soap
- 6 drops Organic Tea Tree Oil
In a large glass bowl, combine all three ingredients and stir to combine. Swirl your makeup brushes in the cleaning solution until thoroughly coated.
In a second glass or bowl filled with clean water, swirl the coated brush until rinsed through. You can go back and forth between the cleaning solution and the water as many times as you need to until the brush is completely clean and all color is gone. Sometimes it helps to rinse under the faucet, as well.
When you’re done, simply pat the brush on a clean microfiber cloth and lay flat to dry. I like to let my brushes dry overnight, but it usually takes about 6-8 hours to dry naturally.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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