How often should you really clean your make-up brushes?

It’s funny. We’re so careful with our skin care routine but tend to ignore the fact that our make-up tools are basically living bacteria farms. Brushes and applicators are caked with old make-up residue, oil and dead skin cells (which we apply to our freshly cleaned faces every morning)! It’s like taking a shower and then putting on the same dirty underwear every day. Gaaaaah!


So what to do? If you ask them, Professional Make-up Artists will tell you that you should clean them after each use. Girl, please! We barely have time to put our make-up on in the morning, let alone clean our brushes every day. Thankfully, most experts agree that a weekly deep clean is all you really need to ensure cleanliness (and avoid break-outs). But what to use?


There are plenty of specially designed “brush cleaners” everywhere, but they’re pretty harsh, really expensive and can seriously dry out your brushes. Beauty Editors know that all you need is a good dish soap and warm water. And maybe a few paper towels.


Here’s our easy 5-minute solution and you already have everything you need in the kitchen. Ready? Here’s how to do it:


1) Gather all of your brushes and applicators, a clean bowl or mug and some paper towels.
2) Put a small amount of good quality, sulphate-free Dish Soap onto your brush and massage gently, working to loosen the old make-up.
3) Swish it through a bowl of clean warm water being careful not to over soak or wet the handles.
4) Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear.
5) Pinch with a paper towel to squeeze off excess water and leave to air-dry.


We like to do this on a Sunday afternoon and leave them on the counter all day in a sunny spot so they’re ready for Monday morning!


*Extra Credit: You can also use a quick spritz of our 100% natural Premium Glass Cleaner for an easy between-clean routine. Spray. Wipe. Done.