How To Clean Makeup Brushes Using Natural Products

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For those who often wonder how to clean makeup brushes naturally, these ingredients are your best bet. They are easy, clean and super effective.

No matter how many times you wash your face or change your pillowcases, there is always that one odd pimple that makes itself comfortable on your cheek. If that's the case, then perhaps its time to check your makeup or its tools rather than your skincare. 

One of the most common reasons for pimples to come back are dirty makeup brushes. They harbour gross germs that include sweat, bacteria, oil, grime and dead skin cells.

Plus, when you dip your dirty brushed in powder or cream products, you might pick up more gunk than you imagined. Or, deposit most of it in the product. Overtime, the multiple is bound to multiply. Eeeww! 

Why Cleaning Makeup Brushes Is Crucial 

Every time you swipe this brush onto your face, you make it easier for acne to develop. Result? More crazy breakouts. Therefore, cleaning makeup brushes is essential.

It not only gets rid of this dirt and grime but is good for maintaining their shelf-life. So lets start with the obvious question, how many time should you wash your brushes?

This depends on the use but once per week is a good bar to start with. If you start today, you'll notice a huge difference in your skin and figure out why you'd been breaking out so much. 

Now, the next question is how. While there are hundreds of YouTube videos on how to wash your brushes, very few actually reveal that constantly using chemicals to clean your brushes is not such a good idea. You allow this chemical compound to enter your skin and that can sometimes do more harm than good. 

If you have sensitive skin, you should instead consider using natural products. Or, better yet make your own washing substance with organic products. 

How To Clean Makeup Brushes Naturally

Here are a few of the safest and organically viable makeup brush cleaners that you can switch to. 

1. Castille soap 

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You will be able to find castille soap in most readymade organic product shops. It is made only from vegetable oils and primarily includes olive, coconut, and hemp oils. But other oils such as almond, avocado, and walnut are also used. It has a grease-grabbing quality which makes it perfect for cleaning makeup brushes. 

The process to clean your brushes with castille soap is the same. Wet the bristles of your brush and place a pea-sized amount of the soap on the palm of your hand. Swirl the brush on your hand in circular motion—both clockwise and anti-clockwise.

Rinse the brush and repeat the process if there is still product on the brush. Once done, lay it horizontally on a flat surface and let it dry. 

2.  Apple cider vinegar and liquid soap

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If your brushes haven't been washed in a long time, they are most certainly full of bacteria. And is you are wondering how to clean makeup brushes naturally and get rid of bacteria using apple cider vinegar is a great bet. 

It has anti-bacterial properties and can fight off harmful bacteria and thoroughly clean your brushes. So in case you are wonder how to clean your brushes naturally, look no further than an apple cider vinegar bottle. 

You can use any liquid soap to create the mixture. Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid soap and one cup of warm water. Mix it all together.

Now was your brushes using the same process as mentioned before. Rinse the brushes and let them air dry on a horizontal surface. 

3. Hydrogen Peroxide and Organic Baby Shampoo or Castile Soap 

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When you have a bacteria-filled brush to wash, its best to turn to strongman hydrogen peroxide. Combined with castille soap or organic baby shampoo, hydrogen peroxide can do wonders to your dirty makeup brushes, removing gunk within seconds. 

To prepare this mixture add four to five drops of baby shampoo or castille soap (liquid) and one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Add a cup of warm water to the mix. Place your brushes in the mixture and swirl them around and follow the same process of cleaning them.    

Rinse and let air dry and your brushes will be as good as new. This is another great tip for those who may be tryign to figure out how to clean makeup brushes naturally. 

4. Organic Baby Shampoo and Water

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A simple combination, isn't it. As the name suggests its a mixture of organic baby shampoo and some warm water. Organic baby shampoo is not harsh on your brushes and uses natural organic ingredients. So there are no chemicals involves. 

You can either pour a few drops of baby shampoo directly into a cup of warm water, stir it together. Or, you can pour a few drops of the baby shampoo directly onto your hands. Rinse your brush under warm water and swirl it on your hands-- both clockwise and anti-clockwise. 

Once you are done washing, let the brushes air dry and ready for reuse. This is a great hack for those who often wonder how to clean makeup brushes naturally.  

5. Coconut Oil and Liquid Dish Soap and Hand Soap

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For those who often question how to clean makeup brushes naturally without spending several dollars on an organic shop, coconut oil is a great alternative. It is quite effective in breaking down dirt and grime and leaves your bristles feeling softer.

It also has anti-bacterial properties, which is what makes it the simplest yet most effective ingredient to wash brushes naturally. Combine it with an organic shampoo or liquid soap that is paraben and sulphate free and some warm water and you have the best mixture to clean your brushes. 

You can use raw and unrefined coconut oil, and make sure that all your bristles are 80 percent dipped into the mixture. Use the same process to wash as mentioned before, rinse and let your brushes air dry and viola! You have on your hands, clean and smooth makeup brushes.  

Also read: You've been using the beauty blender incorrectly all this time

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj