DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner: A Simple and Effective Solution

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Makeup brushes are one of the most important tools in a makeup artist’s arsenal, but they can quickly become dirty and bacteria-ridden if not cleaned regularly. 

The accumulation of makeup, dirt, and oil on the bristles can cause irritation and breakouts, and can also affect the quality of your makeup application. 

A dirty brush can apply makeup unevenly, leaving streaks and clumps, and can even transfer bacteria to your skin. To ensure that your brushes are always clean and sanitized, it’s essential to clean them regularly. 

However, buying expensive brush cleaners can be costly and may not be suitable for all skin types. That’s why it’s a great idea to make your own makeup brush cleaner at home with just a few simple ingredients.

In this article, I’ll show you a simple way to clean your makeup brushes at home.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap
  • 1 cup of warm water


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil or coconut oil and dish soap. The oil will help to condition and moisturize the bristles, while the dish soap will remove dirt and bacteria.
  2. Dip the bristles of your brush into the mixture and gently swirl the brush around to work the cleaner into the bristles. Take care not to submerge the ferrule (the metal part of the brush that holds the bristles together) in the mixture, as this can cause the bristles to loosen or fall out.
  3. Rinse the brush under warm water, being sure to hold the brush downward so that water does not run into the ferrule. Gently massage the bristles to remove all traces of dirt and makeup.
  4. Gently squeeze the bristles to remove any excess water and reshape the brush. Avoid pulling or tugging on the bristles, as this can cause them to become misshapen or fall out.
  5. Lay the brush flat to dry, or hang it by the ferrule to dry. Never dry brushes by standing them on their bristles, as this can cause the bristles to become misshapen or damaged.

Important Tip:

For best results, clean your brushes at least once a week. You can also spot-clean your brushes between washes by using a brush cleaner spray or a small amount of rubbing alcohol.


This DIY makeup brush cleaner is not only easy to make, but it is also gentle on your brushes and effective at removing dirt and bacteria. With regular cleaning, your brushes will last longer and apply makeup more smoothly. 

Give it a try and see the difference it makes in the quality of your makeup application. And always remember to sanitize your makeup brush, especially after an illness or when you suspect that your brush is contaminated.

Want to try another makeup brush cleaner? Try baking soda. See How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Baking Soda to learn how. 

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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