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Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Deep cleaning your makeup brushes clean is vital for skin health and makeup performance. Dirty brushes harbor bacteria and oil, leading to breakouts and infections. 

KEEPING YOUR THINGS WELL KEPT - our ongoing product care series.

Embarking on a journey of self-care involves more than just the products we apply; it's about the tools we use and how we use them. In this guide, we delve into the art of deep cleaning and caring for your makeup brushes, elevating not only their longevity but also the overall effectiveness of your beauty routine.

Why is it important to keep your makeup brushes clean?

Deep cleaning your makeup brushes is vital for skin health and makeup performance. Dirty brushes harbor bacteria and oil, leading to breakouts and infections. Clean brushes ensure hygienic makeup application, prevent color contamination, and extend product lifespan. They also promote smoother, more precise makeup application and save money by preserving product integrity. By incorporating brush cleaning into your routine, you prioritize skin health and enhance the quality of your makeup look.

What harmful effects could your dirty makeup brushes be causing?

/ bacterial buildup
/ clogged pores
/ skin irritation
/ product contamination
/ brush breakdown
/ unpleasant odor
/ worsening of any skin condition

All natural makeup brush cleaning solution recipe:

  • 1 c distilled white vinegar
    Known for its antimicrobial properties, white vinegar effectively cleanses and disinfects your makeup brushes.

  • 1 c lukewarm water
    Helps to dilute the vinegar and aids in cleaning without being too harsh on the bristles.

  • 1-2 drops of castille soap (mild dish soap will also work)
    Adds a gentle cleansing element to break down oils and stubborn makeup residue.

  • 5-10 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
    Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, adding an extra layer of cleanliness.

Simple makeup brush deep cleaning technique:

    Combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of lukewarm water in a bowl. Optionally, add 1-2 drops of mild dish soap or castile soap, and 5-10 drops of tea tree oil for extra antimicrobial benefits.
    Dip the brush bristles into the cleaning solution, swirling to thoroughly penetrate them. Avoid soaking the ferrule* to prevent damage to the glue holding the bristles.
    Rub the bristles against your palm or a textured cleaning mat (I often use our agave cloth or soap saver) to remove makeup residue. Rinse under lukewarm water until the solution is washed away.
    Gently squeeze excess water from the bristles using a clean towel. Reshape the bristles to maintain their original form.
  5. AIR DRY:
    Lay brushes flat on a clean towel to air dry completely before storing to prevent mold or mildew growth.


Prioritizing the cleanliness of your makeup brushes is fundamental to maintaining healthy skin and achieving optimal makeup results. By embracing the art of deep cleaning, you not only extend the lifespan of your brushes but also elevate the overall effectiveness of your beauty routine. Remember, investing in the care of your tools is just as essential as selecting the right products. Incorporate regular brush cleaning into your self-care routine and reap the benefits of smoother application and healthier skin.

Parting tips...

/ Deep clean your brushes with this natural solution at least once a week, or more often if you use them regularly.
/ For quick daily clean-ups, consider using a mixture of equal parts water and witch hazel in a spray bottle. Spritz this solution on the bristles and gently wipe the brush on a clean cloth.
/ Store your makeup brushes in a well-ventilated area to ensure they stay dry and free from bacteria between uses.


*FERRULE: A ferrule is a metal or plastic ring, tube, or cap typically used to secure and reinforce the junction between two parts of an object, such as a tool or utensil. In the context of makeup brushes, the ferrule is the metal or plastic piece that connects the bristles of the brush to the handle, providing stability and ensuring the bristles remain in place during use.







Discover the transformative power of deep cleaning makeup brushes for flawless skin and makeup application. Dirty brushes harbor bacteria, leading to breakouts and irritation, while clean brushes ensure hygienic, precise makeup application. Our natural brush cleaning solution, featuring white vinegar and tea tree oil, effectively cleanses and disinfects, extending brush lifespan and preserving product integrity. Prioritize skin health and enhance your beauty routine by incorporating regular brush cleaning. Elevate your self-care with our deep cleaning technique, promoting smoother, more effective makeup application and extending the longevity of your brushes. Invest in your skin's health with our comprehensive guide to deep cleaning makeup brushes.