How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes on a Budget


This post might be a bit redundant for veteran makeup users since a lot of people have blogged about this topic, but for those of you who are just starting out using makeup brushes and don’t want to pay $10-$20 dollars on a small makeup brush cleaner, then read on!

The most important part of using makeup brushes is to take care of them, basically washing them after using them.  The reason for that is because makeup brushes can collect bacteria and germs and if you constantly use those dirty brushes you will eventually get acne and even a rash on your face!
What I use to clean my makeup brushes is Johnson and Johnson's Baby Shampoo, it is very affordable, smells wonderful, and gets the job done right!  Here are the steps I take to clean my makeup brushes:

Step 1: Set up a small area in your kitchen or bathroom and gather your brushes and get the baby shampoo.

Step 2: One at a time, wet bristles of your bushes with warm water, underneath the facet (try not to wet the handle since water can damage wood which is what causes the handles to crack).

Step 3: Put a small quarter sized amount of shampoo on the palm of your hands and in a circular motion move your brush around until the shampoo forms a lather (you will see the makeup coming off).

Step 4: Rinse brush with warm water underneath the facet until shampoo comes off. Then repeat Step 3 & 4 (I do this to make sure all the dirt and makeup has come off).

Step 5: Gently squeeze the water out of the bristles and lay each brush down to dry.
I usually do this at night, and by morning time the brushes are fully dried.  It’s really bad for your skin to use dirty makeup bushes; when I didn’t know better I hardly washed my brushes so I would use them weeks after weeks, until I started to get pimples particularly around my cheeks where I applied blush.  Once I started washing them the pimples never came back.

A few bloggers have stated that Johnson and Johnson's Baby Shampoo is not anti-bacterial (unlike some high end makeup brush cleaners) so it doesn’t remove germs and bacteria, but quite honestly I believe the shampoo does the job right; it is very gentle on my brushes, it has not damaged any of them, and it really has cleaned off the most stubborn makeup/foundation – and the bonus is that it smells wonderfully! 

Johnson and Johnson's Baby Shampoo can be purchased at any drugstore nationwide, it retails for less than $6.00 for a 20 oz bottle (vs a popular higher end Sephora brand bush cleaner which is $6.00 for a 2 oz bottle); you can check out the Johnson and Johnson's site for more info on the shampoo by clicking here


What do you use to clean your brushes? Have you tried this shampoo on your set of brushes? Any higher end makeup brush cleaners that are worth the money?


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27 comments:

  1. I use Dr Bronner liquid soap on my brushes & it does the job fine, lavender & tea tree are naturally antibacterial

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, I love the smell of lavender so I will definitely be checking out this product!!

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    2. I just asked this question on twitter and a lot of people said Dr Bronner as well! I will definitely need to look into this especially since it is sold at target!

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  2. Baby shampoo is the way to go. If you are worried about anti-bacterial properties, the best thing to do is to squirt some alcohol on your brushes, let them dry a bit, and then use the baby shampoo so they are "reconditioned."

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    1. Hi girly! Thanks for the tip. I did read somewhere that rubbing alcohol actually dries out your brushes...but I am not sure since I've never tried it before. I might just give it a try on 1 brush and see how it goes =)

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  3. You just reminded me to go do it lol. My brushes are super dirty...I need to get me some babyshampoo though, my brushes are all new, haven't washed them yet, but this time i have to go with something else, i have to go look what to use best. At least that gives me something to do tonight ;)

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    1. You can always try a small trial size bottle of baby shampoo for like 50 cents, just so you can see how you like it, but the bigger bottle is sooo cheap, that's what i use!

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  4. That's how I clean mine as well. I have a toddler so I always have baby shampoo in the house :) It works for me!

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  5. I've been using my MAC Brush Cleaner but I've been hearing alot of people are using the J&J Baby Shampoo! I will give it a try once I'm out!

    Tina
    OfficialStinaD.blogspot.com

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    1. It seems like a lot of people are switching over my high end (like MAC) to more affordable like J&J and ELF! Let me know how you like the J&J once you start using it!

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  6. I use the same cleanser that I use on my face to clean my brushes. I figure if it's good for my face it'll be fine for my brushes.

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    1. Hi Liz, I feel the very same way, if its gentle enough for a baby (J&J shampoo) then it should be gentle enough for my brushes!!

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  7. I use the same cleanser that I use on my face to clean my brushes. I figure if it's good for my face it'll be fine for my brushes.

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  8. Once I run out of the ELF I plan to use baby shampoo. I don't think it's necessary to buy a brush specific product!

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    1. Hi Arielle, I really want to try the ELF shampoo now since A LOT of people on twitter have mentioned it! But I totally agree with you on that one!

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  9. I used to use Sephora brush shampoo, but I didn't repurchased. By reading the comments here, I think I'm the only one who uses hand soap to clean my brush lol. I chose hand soap (like Softsoap) because it's antibacterial.

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    1. Hi girly! I think that is a great idea, using hand soap because it is antibacterial, and it's affordable too!

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    2. Ohh antibacterial handsoap sounds like a great idea too!

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    3. I read on Allure before that you can also use your face wash to clean your brushes. But I think it's a waste of cleanser since I shampoo my brushes 3 to 4 times. Handsoap is much better :)

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  10. I like this type of post because we all use different techniques

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    1. Thanks Betzy! I will try to do more posts like these, I love getting other opinions and suggestions on affordable products!!

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  11. I get very lazy when it comes time to clean brushes i really dont like doing it but i know i have to. i have been using dish soap, but this is a great idea i will try the baby shampoo Thanks

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    1. Hello, I feel the same way, it's a tedious job cleaning brushes, but it has to be done! Let me know if you end up trying the baby shampoo!

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  12. How often do you clean your brushes?

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    1. I have a lot of brushes, so I set the dirty ones aside until I wash most of them together at once, depending on how quickly I end up getting them dirty is how often I wash them.

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