How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap

makeup brushes

Hey ladies, it’s your favorite baking soda guy here. 

And I know what you’re thinking, “What could he possibly know about cleaning makeup brushes?” 

Well, I may not be a beauty expert, but I do know a thing or two about keeping things clean. 

In this article, I’m about to teach you how to give your makeup brushes a deep clean using dish soap.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Dish soap
  • A bowl or sink
  • A clean towel or paper towel


  1. Wet your brushes under warm water, being careful not to submerge the handle.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of dish soap into the palm of your hand.
  3. Gently massage the bristles of the brush into the soap, being sure to work it into the base of the bristles.
  4. Rinse the brush under warm water until the water runs clear.
  5. Gently squeeze out any excess water and lay the brush flat on a clean towel or paper towel to dry.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for all of your brushes.

Why Dish Soap Works 

Dish soap is great for cleaning makeup brushes because it’s specifically designed to cut through grease and grime. And let’s be real, makeup brushes can get pretty greasy and grimy with all the powder, foundation, and other makeup you use.

Cleaning with Dish Soap, Will it Damage the Brush?

Nope, not at all. Many people may be worried that cleaning their makeup brushes with dish soap will cause damage to the brushes. This is not the case, in fact, a regular cleaning with mild soap can prolong the life of your brushes and keep them in top condition. 

The soap can remove dirt, oils, and makeup residue that can build up on the brush over time, causing them to become less effective and discolored. Cleaning the brushes regularly can help keep the bristles soft, flexible, and in good shape. 

Additionally, it’s important to dry your brushes properly after cleaning to avoid any damage to the glue or handle. Avoid wringing or twisting the bristles and dry them flat to prevent water from getting inside the ferrule.

Is it Safe for My Skin? 

Absolutely! Dish soap is gentle on the skin, so you don’t have to worry about any irritation or allergic reactions.

When it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, you want to be sure that the cleaning method you’re using is safe for your skin. Dish soap is a great option for this because it’s gentle on the skin. 

The soap is specifically designed to clean dishes, and it’s also a great cleaning agent for makeup brushes. It is a mild soap that can remove the oils, dirt, and makeup residue from the brushes, without leaving any residue or harsh chemicals on the brushes that could irritate your skin. 

Also, it’s important to make sure that you rinse your brushes thoroughly after cleaning them to remove all traces of soap.

Important Reminder:

Be sure to use a mild dish soap and avoid any that contain harsh chemicals or scents. Also, be gentle when massaging the bristles, and avoid bending or twisting them. This can cause the bristles to lose their shape or fall out. 

Always lay your brushes flat to dry, and never stand them on the handle end or hang them as water can get inside the ferrule and damage the glue, bristles and handle.


So, there you have it. Cleaning your makeup brushes with dish soap is easy, effective, and safe for your skin.

And now that you know how to do it, there’s no excuse for dirty brushes. So go forth, and give those brushes a good scrub down!

Want more makeup brush cleaning tips? See How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Baking Soda if you got the time.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay