How To Naturally Clean Makeup Brushes

how to naturally clean makeup brushes

Brushes are an important part of make-up application that I have been neglecting. I’ve decided to start investing in more high-end brushes, but since I don’t have a ton of money to spend buying all new make-up brushes, I’ve decided to start taking better care of the ones I have.

Did you know you should be cleaning your make-up brushes once a month, but preferably once a week?

Clean makeup brushes prevent infection from the bacteria that can build up on them.

Here is an easy way to clean your brushes:

What you will need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Witch hazel (I use one with rose water and aloe vera)
  • 3 Tablespoons Liquid glycerin soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender Oil
  • 1 cup water



  1. In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the glycerin soap, the witch hazel, tree tree oil, and lavender oil.
  2. Add in 1 cup of water.
  3. Swirl brushes in solution for a few seconds. Allow the brushes to then soak in the solution for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the brushes from the (now dirty) solution and wash brushes with the remaining 1 tablespoon of glycerin.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Pat dry on a clean hand towel.
  7. Allow to air dry for a few hours.




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  1. Kate 25 May, 2013, 04:04

    Thanks for the recipe. Judging by the ingredients used my brushes should smell good too!

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  2. Alexandra 27 May, 2013, 01:28

    Thanks for this idea, and a reminder – it’s like I know that I should to it, but I never have the time (or will!). Most of the time I just toss the old brushes…but no more, I will try to keep them for as long as possible now!

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  3. Julie 27 May, 2013, 17:37

    …and shampoo or dish soap doesn’t work because… ?

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    • Lynette 27 May, 2013, 18:16

      Dish soap will ruin your brushes; depending on the shampoo you use it will do the same.

      However, I don’t see this post stating other ways of cleaning your brushes are ineffective. This recipe makes more sense to me because it is a gentle and natural way to disinfect the brushes.

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  4. julie 28 May, 2013, 12:43

    Fair enough. I’ll take you at your word. For me, I’ve used bar soap (often Cuticura) on my expensive Bobbi Brown brushes for years and they are still in excellent condition.

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