Last Updated on February 17, 2022
DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner is an inexpensive way to extend the life of your makeup brushes. With only 2 ingredients, this is the best makeup brush cleaner ever!
Cleaning your makeup brushes should be done on a regular basis to remove bacteria and make them last longer. In a zero waste lifestyle it’s important to repair and clean makeup brushes instead of tossing them out. Knowing how to clean makeup brushes is as simple as creating an all natural solution, swirling, rinsing, and drying. Keep reading to learn how often you should clean your makeup brushes too!
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why repairing is important to zero waste
My favorite honorary “R”s is repair! It may have not made it into the top 5 “Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot,” but it’s got to be soooo close.
Repairing is a huge part of the zero waste lifestyle. It honestly shocks me that my instincts used to be, “If it’s broken, toss it and buy another one!”
It’s so ingrained in our disposable culture. A lot of manufacturers actually participate in creating this disposable culture. It’s called planned obsolescence.
down with planned obsolescence
The idea of planned obsolescence isn’t new, in fact, it dates back to the 1920s when the market was being flooded with vehicles. Ford and GM were both trying to find ways to increase sales.
They came up with the idea to create new models each year to encourage the consumer to “upgrade.” The goal was to make older models feel outdated and undesirable.
It didn’t become a common phrase until Bernard London wrote the pamphlet “Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence.” It proposed legal obsolescence on items to stimulate the economy.
The idea really took off in the 1950s. Brooks Stevens used it in his speech to an advertising company. “[planned obsolescence is] Instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary.”
Apple has been accused of this on multiple occasions from making custom screws only they have the screwdrivers to unlock and intentionally slowing down your phone with the most recent iOS update riiiiiiiiiiiiiight before a new phone is released. A little too convenient, eh?
repairing makeup brushes
The moral of my story is, repairing is huge. A lot of companies don’t want you to repair their items. They want you to buy new ones.
While not everything is easy to repair, mend, or fix, a lot of things are. Sometimes it means making better purchases. Other times it means learning a new skill!
I remember when I first heard that you should be cleaning your makeup brushes.
I took a hard look at the brush I used on a daily basis and saw quite a bit of built up product. Old me would have tossed that brush, thinking it was just time for a new one.
But, I learned it just needed a good cleaning! Now it’s as good as new. I clean my brushes often to keep them in tip top shape, and hopefully they’ll serve me for many years to come.
Creating your own DIY makeup brush cleaner is so easy. Plus, it’s totally zero waste.
diy makeup brush cleaner ingredients
- 2 Tablespoons of Soap like Dr. Bronners
- 1 Tablespoon of a Sweet Almond Oil
Time needed: 15 minutes
how to clean makeup brushes
- combine the ingredients
Pour the almond oil and soap onto a plate. The oil helps condition the bristles keeping them nice and soft.
Swirl your brush around in the mixture until it’s clean. Use your hand to agitate and remove any of the residues.
Rinse the brush off in COLD water. I rinse my brush off into a cup of water because you want to keep the brush facing down. You want to prevent the bristles from standing up so water doesn’t drip down the shaft.
Hang the brushes to dry bristles down 24-48 Hours
NOTE: If you have really product heavy brush, you may need to repeat this and add a little extra soap.
best makeup brush cleaner tips
- Use gentle eco friendly soap. Using any regular soap will cause the DIY makeup brush cleaner to be too harsh. This will dry the bristles and isn’t good for your skin.
- Swap the oil. You can use another oil like olive oil. Sweet almond is what I had on hand. I bought it in bulk from Rainbow Grocery.
- Don’t skip the oil. Using only soap could be a little harsh and dry them out over time.
how do you clean makeup brushes with real hair?
If you have makeup brushes with real hair, you will be happy to know that this cleaner will work beautifully! It’s truly the best makeup brush cleaner and is gentle enough that it won’t dry the hair bristles out. You could also clean them with a little bit of shampoo as well.
how often should you clean makeup brushes?
For best results, clean your makeup brushes every 1-2 weeks. It prevents lots of building up from developing, and keeps them fresh, clean, and gets rid of bacteria.
If you have really product heavy brush, you may need to repeat this and add a little extra soap.