Monday, February 6, 2012

How to clean your dirty brushes

The brushes that we use daily are usually full of product but what many people don't realize is that they are full of dirt and bacteria.  This may cause breakouts, styes, allergic reactions, rashes among other things. Over the past year I have tried different methods of deep cleaning my brushes and finally found a way that suits me. 
  1. Olive oil
  2. Liquid soap (preferably anti-bacterial)
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Paper cloth
  5. Dirty brushes
  1. You want to make a mixture of both the soap and olive oil; half and half.
  2. Wet the brush making sure not getting the upper part the barrel (because the glue will loosen and the bristles will shed).
  3. Dip the brush in the mix and swirl in your palm and rinse with water.
  4. Repeat part 3 until the water is clear.
  5. Then squeeze out the excess water with a towel.
  6. Set to dry on top off the paper towel.
You should deep clean your brushes once a week to two weeks and spot clean right after you clean your brushes.  A good spot cleaner is Mac's Brush Cleanser. And a BIG must is that you should never share brushes and if you do CLEAN them right after.  Hope you found this helpful!

Diane Cristi


  1. YES!! I did EXACTLY this yesterday (I'm talking...a ZILLION brushes.) Love this EXACT method.

  2. Perfeeecttt!!! Thanks my friend ;)

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  4. I always use baby shampoo to I wash my brushes. It works perfectly!

    1. I've tried that method as well I just think that the combination of soap AND oil keeps the bristles softer. I find that using baby shampoo cleans them well just it's not as moisturizing.

  5. i'm such a lazy person when it comes to cleaning my brushes! hahaha thank god i don't have a lot of them :D

  6. Lovely tip / recipe :)

  7. lo hice ayer y de verdad que me resulto a la perfeccion! gracias!

    1. Me alegro un montón que te alla servido :) <3


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