The Pin Junkie: How to clean Makeup Brushes

How to clean Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes
How To Clean Makeup Brushes

I love finding tips and solutions on Pinterest that actually work.  Recently, I found an easy way to clean makeup brushes.

I did this and was amazed at the results.  I won't gross you out with my dirty "before" brushes or how dirty the water was after I washed them, but you can see the "after" brushes above.  They really do look and feel like new makeup brushes!

Here's what you do:
In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup warm water and 1/4 cup vinegar.  Gently stir the bushes in the water and vinegar mixture.  Gently rinse the brushes under running water.  Lay the brushes on a clean towel to dry over night. They'll look and feel like new the next time you use them!

If you have dirty makeup brushes, don't throw them out - try this instead!

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32 comments:

  1. Well, now that's a clever idea. I keep a bottle of vinegar in the bathroom, so I need is a small bowl. I don't think one would really need to be exact on the quantity either. I'm visiting via Share a Cup of Tea. I love Pinterest too.

    Sue xo

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  2. I'll have to try this! I use MAC's brush cleaner now, but it's so expensive. Thanks for the tip :) Love your blog! Found you from the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Have a great weekend!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.stephanieziajka.blogspot.com

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  3. LOVE this tip. My brushes need cleaning and i usually just use soap. Recently used vinegar to clean shower head per Dr Oz! Pinned to my beauty board! Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/fabulous-flourless-peanut-butter-cookies.html
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  4. My two-year-old daughter decided to use my blush brush to apply her lip gloss today, so I'll be giving this a try! Thanks!

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  5. great tip Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  6. I just dropped my entire make up bag in the toilet! Probably just gonna replace everything but this is a great tip for keeping my new stuff clean. Popping in from Tatertots and Jello.

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    1. Oh my gosh! So sorry to hear that! I hate it when stuff like that happens.

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  7. Glad you shared such an easy way to clean my brushes. As I was putting on my eye makeup today, I was thinking it was time to get new brushes. But, I think they will be fine if I just clean them.

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  8. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  9. Thanks for sharing your success with a pin! I am always worried to try these out, and it is nice to hear of them going well...plus my makeup brushes could use a good cleaning.

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    1. I'm really surprised at how many pins I've tried that have turned out successfully!

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  10. Thank you for this idea! I think people would be grossed out by mine if they saw them. Does this really work for the dirtiest ones?

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    1. Mine were really dirty and gross too. They really did look and feel like new after I tried this. Try it and let me know how it works for your brushes! I'd love to hear about it.

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  11. Great idea -- so easy and inexpensive too. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  12. i just tried this with my very dirty brushes. it didn't work for me. not even a little. i had to use facewash to break up the foundation and clean it and the blush brush. i used the vinegar water to soften and condition the brushes. thanks for sharing though!

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    1. I'm so sorry it didn't work for you. Did you use really warm water and try putting the brushes under warm running water? At least you were able to soften the brushes this way.

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  13. I'm going to have to try this. My brushes are in desperate need of a cleaning! I found you on "I Gotta Try That..." Thanks for sharing :)

    Kelly

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  14. Vinegar is so fantastic in all its uses! This really is easy - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  15. I am such a non make up person. I do wear it, but almost hate to admit that I have never used a makeup brush in my life. lol! Oh maybe a small eye shadow one that came with it. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I'm probably about the only person out there that never uses one.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I'm a non makeup person too. In only wear it to work when I have to look professional and put together and then I wash my face as soon as I get home!

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  16. I really need to clean mine. I am glad you shared & linked this how to up @ DearCreatives.com Hope your having a great week!

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  17. I featured you today! Thanks for linking up last week~
    Kim

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    1. Thanks for the feature! I appreciate it!

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this at SHOW-Licious Craft Showcase! It's been featured at this weeks party! You can see it here at this weeks party....http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/show-licious-craft-showcase-20.html.

    Marti @ Sew-Licious Home Decor

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    1. Thanks for the feature! I appreciate it!

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  19. I really must get round to doing mine - hate to think when they were last done!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Empty Your Archive, Alice x

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  20. I ran across some designer makeup brushes at an estate sale - tried this idea and they all came out great.

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  21. I'm definitely going to give this one a try. I do this for paint brushes but never thought about make-up brushes. Thanks for the awesome tip!
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  22. I've also tried a small amount of no tears baby shampoo with warm water in a small bowl and it worked as well as the vinegar.

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  23. Thanks for the tip. I added a few drops of antibacterial dish liquid...and it worked like a dream! Now my brushes look and feel brand new.

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