There are two steps to truly getting makeup brushes clean: cleaning off dirt and oil, and disinfecting to remove bacteria. The recipe below is our go-to for accomplishing both of these.
If your brushes are really dirty or haven’t been cleaned in a while I’d suggest an additional first step:
Rub a small amount of warm olive or almond oil into the brush to help dissolve any oil clinging to the bristles. Then, rub a natural soap into the bristles to dissolve the oil. This helps deep clean the brush but doesn’t disinfect it, so then you still use the brush cleaner recipe to disinfect.
Natural Make-Up Brush Cleanser
- 1 1/2 cup distilled water
- 2 Tbsp Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol
- 1/2 tsp Chi Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 tsp Castile Soap
- 20 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 8 Oz Glass Bottle
- Pour all of the ingredients, except the water, into the glass bottle. Swirl the mixture to combine everything.
- Add the distilled water to the bottle until it’s almost full, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Shake well to combine.
- If you put the mixture in a glass spray bottle, this mixture can be used to spritz and rinse brushes after each use for an easier clean.
How To Use It:
- Shake the cleaner well, and pour a small amount of it into a small bowl.
- Swirl a makeup brush in the mixture, gently pushing it across the bottom to clean. Make sure the water level is below the ferrule (the part of the brush that connects the handle to the bristles). If cleaning multiple brushes, start with the cleanest feeling one first, then work up to the dirtiest. The cleaning solution may need to be changed between brushes.
- Rinse the brush under running water, bristles pointing down and keeping water out of the ferrule. Then gently squeeze the bristles to remove the majority of the water.
- Lay the brush flat on a clean towel and air dry.