How I Clean My Makeup Brushes.

What is the best way to clean your makeup brushes? 

Well, in the past, I used MAC Brush Cleanser to clean all my makeup brushes, and you know at the end it got super expensive. One bottle costs me $12 and I have a lot of brushes. Imagine spending money on 2 bottles a month! I'd rather spend that amount of money on eyeshadows and lipsticks. :) Besides, the bottle is rather small. So then I started using baby shampoo and I didn't like it at all. I thought it was a waste! Finally after months using baby shampoo, I figured out the most efficient and cheaper alternative to clean these dirty makeup brushes.

My Method of Cleaning Dirty Brushes:  

The Ivory Soap Way

As you can see in the picture above, I just swirl the dirty brush on the wet soap. I let the soap lathers and swirl, swirl, swirl! I will keep on doing this until the makeup stain on/inside the brush disappears. Rinse the brush thoroughly, remove excess water with a clean paper towel, spray with a bit of alcohol and voila! The brush is now clean and disinfect. Just dry the brushes overnight and the next day, they are ready to be used again. Just so you guys know, I have been using this method for almost 3 years. So far so good. I don't see any difference between using an expensive cleanser and Ivory soap. Ivory soap is very gentle and it doesn't ruin my brushes at all. It cost only $1.80 and lasts for months!

Well, that's my method, so what's yours? Please share!



Arianne Cruz said...

can i use any soap i feel like? lol or does it have to be Ivory?

and is the alcohol necessary too? I don't ever buy it, only used it when i was super young in d Philippines

Kristie said...

My brushes need a desperate cleaning too. Thanks for sharing your techniques with Ivory soap!

Rinz said...

Arianne Crus: LOL use whatever you want as long as the soap is gentle..if you have baby soap there, use that. :) Alcohol? Up to you girlie. I like to disinfect! I am a germ-phobic LOL

Kristie: I am tired of spending money on unnecessary things LOL

Arianne Cruz said...

I was thinking of using Dove

Rinz said...

Arianne: yeah Dove is soft..now i wanna get one hehe

Arianne Cruz said...

I actually like Olay bar soap but our Walmart here is lame so I had to get Dove - the pink one.. Wait.... I think I got caress. Damn, I can't remember anymore.

Eloise said...

Thanks for the tip!


Oreleona said...

kool tip! i knew the ivory soap is pretty gentle soap nice!!

Carrie said...

oohhh, this sounds really effective! I just use shampoo. i squirt a little bit on the palm of my hands and i just swirl my brush for a couple of minutes. then i rinse it. :D


Laiqah said...

I've been using Baby shampoo for years but think I should buy some baby soap as it seems much simpler!
Great tip honey :)


Kumiko Mae said...

i use baby wash hahaha :D i will try your method though :)

Jo said...

Wow! This sounds like a really cheap and fuss-free way to clean brushes! Is ivory soap merely bar soap? Coz I haven't heard of ivory soap before.

I use a sponge cleaner fluid from Daiso. For $2, it's really good and goes a long way.

Courtney Erin said...

I just use shampoo - I'll have to try your method!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Lisette said...

Good idea! Thanks for sharing =)

♥ Lots of love, Lisette ♥

sugar sugar said...

i do this too rinz but i use a different soap hahaha! x) thanks for sharing this tip! ;)

Vintage Makeup said...

Seems like a really good method! :) I just use any random soap or shampoo.

Kirsty said...

Wow I didnt no you can wash your brush with soap!! Def longer lasting too. I always wash my brush with Johnson baby shampoo and that works a wonder. I may have to try the soap though! ;)

D.Sadie said...

Nice!! I'm almost done with my bottle of MAC cleaner. Once I finish that up I was gonna try using my daughter's baby shampoo. Lol. Will that work?

Mimi said...

actually my method is not that great, so i am always trying to see how others clean their brushes. :)

<3, Mimi

nisa said...

this is great idea!! thank u for sharing :D

Sara.H said...

Great post. I clean my brushes with shampoo but the soap method sounds great. :)

That's Ron said...


aki! said...

That's a great way instead of buying super expensive brush cleaners!

Bonnie said...

This is a really good idea. That stuff that is sold in the stores specifically to clean brushes has always seemed like a waste of money to me.

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Anonymous said...

great idea! I currently use baby shampoo, but was after the MAC brush cleanser. But now that i've read this, i'm gonna get some Ivory soap instead! I can't believe it's that cheap and lasts months

Alice x


Marie said...

Ivory is such a mild soap, reminds me of being a kid!:D Thanks for sharing your method.:D

I use my MAC Brush Cleanser for a quick clean but for deep cleaning, I use anti-bacterial dishwashing soap and olive oil mixed together. I then spray my brushes with my Beauty So Clean brush spray to disinfect them.:D

***** Marie ******

Michelle's Style File said...

Great idea- I'd always used shampoo, will give soap a try now : )


Anonymous said...

i must try it!
thanks for the tips!

btw, you've got 5 blog awards from yours truly.

Jayme and Mendi said...

Great easy way to clean your brushes! Going to do this over the weekend! Just realized that we weren't following you (we follow on Twitter. Now we are, we'd love for you to come over and follow our blog too if you like.
Also we are hosting a giveaway right now that ends on Sunday. Love for you to enter.

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings


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