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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner


I’ve been using this DIY makeup brush cleaner for going on two years now and my brushes are still in great shape. I originally posted this to my personal blog when I first used it but since I still love it I figured it deserved a post here in Pantry DIY and some updated pictures.

I’ve read that you’re supposed to wash your makeup brushes once a week or once every other week, depending on usage.  I barely have a chance to put makeup on even once a week so they really have no need to be cleaned that often. When I first made this DIY makeup brush cleaner it was right after I had run out of store-bought makeup brush cleaner. My brushes were in dire need of a cleaning…it had been months. Yuck! But, like I said, I don’t use makeup every single day so it could have been worse. I hate spending money on things that I feel like I can make myself so I did a little research and found this great recipe. I was a little concerned about the vinegar but I’ve found that it’s okay because the brushes aren’t soaking in it, they just get dipped in for a few seconds.

Cleaning your makeup brushes helps ensure they last as long as possible. Makeup cakes up on them and dries out and your brushes could end up just falling apart. It also helps to prevent and get rid of an bacteria that might be on them. Notice a sudden outbreak of pimples? Check your brushes to make sure they are clean. This DIY makeup brush cleaner will do the trick!

Check out my little travel brush before and after cleaning…



These are my Bare Minerals brushes after a cleaning. The water went from blue to…let’s call it swamp water. I had to dump and refill my bowl after cleaning only these two brushes.


I cleaned 16 brushes total and dumped out the cleaning solution 4 times. I’ve never spend a lot of money on makeup brushes because I would gasp when something would happen to them. I’m so happy that my not so expensive brushes have lasted me this long. I totally credit this gentle DIY makeup brush cleaner for helping me prolong their life.

The hardest to clean was probably my spoolie brush. I ended up using a fine tooth comb to comb through it and get all the gunk out.




DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
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  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 1 Tbsp dish soap
  3. 1 Tbsp vinegar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Dip your brushes in and swirl around for a few seconds.
  3. Rinse the brushes under warm water to get all the soap out and then lay them out to dry on a towel. (If the water starts to get yucky after a few, dump it out and refill.)
Adapted from Delightfully Noted
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  • Cecily
    September 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I had been using baby shampoo to clean brushes but this recipe is great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Shelly
    September 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This is the best brush cleaner I have ever used. Thank you Delectable Darlings!!