Natural Make-up Brush Cleaning

January 29, 2014

Are you looking for a safe and natural way to clean your make up brushes? I may have the answer for you.

No need to buy expensive brush cleaners. Either castile soap or a 'clean' shampoo plus some natural oil will do. 

You can watch my video on this or read on below.

I wash my brushes regularly to keep them working well and try to stop any nastiness building up on them.

I like to keep it really simple (surprise, surprise!) and just use three ingredients in my brush cleaner mix... in fact you could get away with just two.

I use:

  • Almond oil
  • Castile Soap 
  • Tea Tree essential oil (optional) 

I mix all three in a small bowl. Approx 70-80% soap, 20% oil and 1-3 drops of tea tree.

I use tee tree oil for its antibacterial properties as I am quite prone to blemishes.

You can substitute the castile soap for shampoo and the almond oil for any other natural oil, olive oil would be fine.

I then dip my brush in the mixture, swirl in on my hand for a bit then swirl it on my hand whilst under running water. I keep swirling and rinsing until the water runs clear and the brush is clean.

I then pop the brush at an angle on a rolled up towel.

I do this so that the water doesn't drip up in to the shaft of the brush - this can loosen/ruin the glue and the bristles may fall out.

One of my brushes is double ended so I lay that one completely flat.

And that is it, nothing to it really! How do you wash your brushes? Is it similar? Do you have any tips or tricks? 

You can see I have a very limited collection of brushes so it doesn't take me long to clean them all, what about you?


  1. This is a great idea! I've been using the Dr Bronners Castille soap that you got me in the Christmas swap! I use that or a Neal's Yard Palmarosa face wash if I'm feeling luxurious haha!! I actually use a silicone oven mitt from eBay to wash mine over so I can get the water really hot without burning my hand and the ridges in the mitt help to get all the dirt out of the brushes!

    1. Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy I just use my shampoo! :-) I've seen that silicone mitt type thing on YouTube and it looks great, I only have a handful of brushes so don't really need it... yet. lol. I think I will look at one in the future tho as it has been on my radar a while. Rach xx

  2. Super post Rach, as you said, keep it simple x

    1. Thanks Annie :-) thanks for reading xx

  3. Great post and video! I used to use Dr Bronner's soap but I'd never thought of using oil. Also the towel trick is great. I've just washed mine today and used your trick and ideas.

    1. Thank you!!! That is brilliant to hear! Such great feedback, thank you again :-) xx

  4. I love using dr bronners for cleaning my makeup brushes :-) xx

    1. I love Dr Bronners for everything!! :-) lol. Thanks for reading :-) xx


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