DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner : from Homestead Love

by Laura on March 27, 2013

Please welcome Monica from Homestead Love! She happens to be my sister-in-law and a dear sweet friend.

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I’m super excited to be guest blogging today! I featured Laura’s beautiful baby blues on my blog last Tuesday so if you haven’t checked it out, do so ASAP because she looks absolutely GORGEOUS!

Laura recently requested a DIY makeup brush cleanser so I thought I’d put it to the test via Pinterest! Ironically, I hardly clean my brushes (bad habit, I know) but I figured if I made the cleanser myself, it would give them more incentive to clean them more often. I found a recipe I liked, partly because I already had all of the ingredients readily available and partly because it just sounded like it would work. Good enough reasons right?

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Water – 1 cup
70% Isopropyl Alcohol – 1/4 cup (50% isopropyl alcohol is fine too)
Baby Shampoo – 1/2 tbsp (regular shampoo can also be used)
Dish Washing Soap – 1/2 tbsp (I used Dove dish washing soap)
Olive Oil – 1/2 tsp (I used EVOO but either is fine)

Step 1:
Mix water with alcohol, shampoo and dish washing soap and stir until it’s all mixed together.

Step 2:
Pour in olive oil and then mix all ingredients together. Obviously, the oil and water mixture will separate but that’s why it’s important to shake well before each use! Find a container to store your cleanser in (I’d recommend a small spray bottle or empty water bottle. I used an empty water bottle). Then pour your cleanser into the container and shake well.



Step 3:
Pour your mixture into a small bowl and take 2 or 3 small brushes, or just 1 big brush, and swirl them around in the mixture until the brush is thoroughly clean. I had a lot of brushes to clean so I used 2 or 3 at a time. You’ll begin to see the mixture change colors and that’s when you know your brushes are becoming clean! Look at all that gunky junk…yuck!


Step 4:
Lay clean brushes out on a paper plate and then rinse them in lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Once they are all rinsed out, lay them out flat on a towel to dry for 24 hours or until dry.


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Jesse @ Scout & Nimble March 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks Monica & Laura! This is brilliant. It totally reminded me that it has been way too long since I’ve cleaned my brushes!?! I used to buy a cleaner solution, but I think I have all of the items you mentioned on hand so bonus for saving some money! Thanks ladies!!! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

Laura March 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thanks Jesse! {ive never cleaned mine until now!!} :)

Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle April 5, 2013 at 6:40 am

I have NEVER cleaned my brushes! I am going to add that to my Spring cleaning list! Life to the full! Melissa

Laura April 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

haha Its a first for me too! thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Nina October 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

Hi! I was wondering if using a mixture of Johnson’s baby shampoo and some antibacterial soap would work? I’ve read tons of these DIY’s and they all have a different ingredient or missing one product etc

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