This Crucial Step Might Be Missing from Your Makeup Routine—Here’s an Easy Way to Fix That

January 3, 2017

If you don’t already clean your makeup brushes regularly, you might want to start. A 2013 study from Loyola Marymount University found that after one month, brush bacteria had increased to a number too high to measure. Eek! Thankfully, washing your brushes is really easy to do, no pricey products required.

Making your own brush cleaner requires only a few simple ingredients, and helps prevent the gross stuff from building up. Witch hazel is a natural cleanser, apple cider vinegar disinfects, and olive oil helps bristles stay soft. You’ll really notice the difference when a freshly washed brush sweeps on your favorite eye shadow. Your makeup (and your skin!) will thank you.

Makeup Brush Cleaner

What you need

1 cup distilled water
½ cup witch hazel
2 teaspoons castile soap
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


Mix together all ingredients in a large jar or container.

To use, pour a small amount into a jar. Soak brush bristles for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse in cold water; reshape and let dry.

Store the leftover solution in a sealed jar or container, and use for up to two weeks, and just give it a shake before each use.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Cosmetics, DIY, DIY Beauty Products

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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