How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a daunting task but it’s a necessity. After a few uses, your makeup brushes are soiled with your face’s natural oils, makeup, and other random dirt, dust, and debris. Taking the time to clean your makeup brushes will keep those germs from transferring on to your face. You can read more on that here.

While you may not like the chore of cleaning our brushes, the process itself is very simple and can be done with just a few household items. My favorite soap to use for cleaning my make up brushes is Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile peppermint soap. Here’s how I quickly and effectively clean my makeup brushes while keeping them soft and conditioned.


What you’ll need:

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap ( I use peppermint, sometimes lavender but you can use any of the other varieties as well)

  • Small glass bowl
  • Water to rinse
  • olive oil or tee tree oil
  • Towel for drying



  • Pour a small amount of the Castile Soap into a bowl with a drop of oil.
  • Rub your brush into the soap and create a lather ( be careful not to wet up the handles.

  • Massage the bristles of your brush on the bottom of the bowl to loosen the debris. If they are particularly difficult I rub the brush against the palm of my hand to get the makeup out.
  • Rinse your brush under water until all the soap is gone and the water runs clear.
  • Fluff the bristles to their original shape
  • On a clean towel, pat the bristles to remove excess water and lay flat to air dry.

Your brushes will be clean and feel soft!


5 Replies to “How I Clean My Makeup Brushes”

  1. Prior to reading this I did this without the oil. It left my brushes very dry. I’ll add the olive oil next time. Thanks for the tip!

    1. It helps break up that makeup too ! speeds the process up for me.

  2. I love Dr. Bronner’s castille soap! I have the lavender one…will have to use it for cleaning my makeup brushes now.

  3. Ahhh….I never realized about adding oil. I’ll definitely try this!

    1. Yes ! It will help break up the makeup residue!

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