Beauty Week: 3 Simple Items For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Cleaning Your Makeup BrushesCleaning Your Makeup BrushesCleaning Your Makeup BrushesCleaning Your Makeup BrushesCleaning Your Makeup BrushesRegardless of how often you wear makeup, or how much makeup you wear, we all want a perfect makeup look when we apply it.  Well, from my experience, the perfect makeup application not only starts with the right products, but good, clean makeup brushes as well.  In today’s “Beauty Week” post, I’m sharing three simple items for cleaning your makeup brushes.  Whether you are looking for a way to quickly and conveniently clean your makeup brushes, or if you simply lean more towards natural cleaning products, this homemade makeup brush cleaning routine may be just for you.

Now, to me, keeping your makeup brushes clean is just as important as making sure you choose the right makeup for your skin.  Also, makeup brushes are not necessarily inexpensive, so if you invest in a good makeup brush or makeup brush set, it’s important to protect your investment, and clean your brushes regularly.  Many people wonder just how often makeup brushes should be cleaned.  The general rule of thumb, is to clean your brushes every two weeks to at least once a month.  This will ensure that your brushes remain free of excess makeup, dirt, grime, and bacteria, that can not only affect the application and appearance of your makeup, but also affect the condition of your skin.  Dirty makeup brushes can often lead to skin breakouts, and other skin conditions due to dirt and bacteria that builds up in the brushes.

So, if you’re looking for a quick, easy and convenient way to clean your makeup brushes with household items, here are three simple items (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Vinegar and Castile Soap), I use for cleaning my makeup brushes.

Items Needed:

Extra Virgin Oil

White Vinegar

Castile Soap (or any mild soap)

3 small bowls

Paper Towels

Plastic cup


-Fill one of the small bowls with extra virgin olive oil.

-Fill another small bowl with white vinegar.

-In the other small bowl, mix some warm water with castile soap to make a bath for your brushes.

-Start by dipping your dirty makeup brush in the extra virgin olive oil, and run it back and forth across a paper towel until dirty streaks no longer appear.  This not only loosens up the makeup, dirt and grime in the brush, but the olive oil also softens and conditions the brush.

-Next dip the brush in the soapy castile bath to remove any dirt and left over olive oil.  Swirl the brush back and forth in the palm of your hand to continue to loosen makeup and to clean the brush.

– Repeat the cleaning steps until the brush is completely clean, and gently squeeze the brush bristles to remove excess water.

– Dip the clean brush in the white vinegar to sanitize the brush, and rinse under a faucet with warm water to remove the vinegar.

– Stand the brush, bristles down, in a cup to dry.

-If you need to use the brush right away, you can use a blow dryer on low setting to dry the brush for immediate use.

-Repeat these simple steps for all of your dirty makeup brushes.

I hope you find this simple makeup brush cleaning routine helpful and convenient, especially since the items you need are probably already in your home.  If you try these makeup brush cleaning steps, please let me know how it works out for you, in the comments section below.  I’m looking forward to sharing more beauty tips and tricks like this on my YouTube channel coming very soon!

Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!



  1. September 4, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I’ve always just used baby shampoo, but I will have to try this method next time for sure! Xx

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 4, 2015 / 11:11 pm

      Bethany, thank you so very much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate your comment. You can certainly use baby shampoo in place of the castile soap (or any mild soap) in this brush cleaning regime, and simply add the olive oil step first to loosen the makeup and dirt, and the vinegar step to be sure to sanitize the brushes before rinsing well with warm water. All the best!

  2. Pam
    September 4, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Just saw all of your beauty week posts, and I love them all!! I especially need this one because I rarely ever clean my brushes, and didn’t even know I could use stuff from home to do it. Thanks for this post, great information. Good luck with your YouTube channel! I will surely subscribe!

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 4, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks so much Pam for your comment, and for visiting my blog! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my “Beauty Week” posts. This makeup brush cleaning routine is so simple and easy, and really convenient because you probably have most of the three items at home. Enjoy your clean brushes! Thanks in advance for your support of my YouTube channel!

  3. Nancy
    September 4, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Yesssss!!! I needed this post. I have several pricey brushes, and wasn’t sure how to care for them to make them last. Thank you!!!

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 4, 2015 / 11:01 pm

      Nancy, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so happy this post was helpful to you, and I appreciate you visiting my blog. All the best with keeping your brushes clean. I know you will like this brush cleaning regime.

  4. Nora
    September 5, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Thank you for this info!……I wasn’t sure how often I needed to clean my makeup brushes, but I knew they needed to be cleaned. I love that I can do it simply and naturally. I see you used organic extra virgin olive oil and white vinegar, can I use regular extra virgin olive oil and white vinegar?

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 6, 2015 / 10:53 am

      Nora, thank you very much for your comment and question! This is a good question. I try to use organic products whenever possible, but it’s certainly not necessary. If it’s more convenient for you, you can certainly use the non-organic versions of these items as well. Cleaning your brushes regularly is what is most important, and these 3 simple items should make it quick and easy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  5. Emily
    September 5, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Absolutely loveeeee this post!! Your beauty week blog posts have been so great and helpful. Please keep sharing all of your tips and ideas. Your YouTube channel should be fab when it’s launched!!

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 6, 2015 / 10:49 am

      Emily, I’m so happy you like this post, and you enjoyed all of the beauty week posts! I’m so excited to share more beauty tips and ideas on my YouTube channel very soon!

  6. September 9, 2015 / 4:06 am

    I love your Beauty week posts so much 🙂 So glad to be back to your blog and catch up with lovely reading and great tips! I feel the urge to clean my brushes immediately 🙂 Thanks for sharing these amazing tips and your insight into all things beauty and fashion.
    xox Nadia

    • Lulu With Grace
      September 9, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much Nadia! I’m glad you are back also, and I will definitely be visiting your blog today also. Have fun cleaning your makeup brushes!! 🙂

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