How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


Yay!!! My very 1st BEAUTY post!!! Raise your hand if you hate cleaning your makeup brushes!!! ::raises both hands:: Let’s be honest, we all hate doing it! No matter how clean they come out after cleaning and how awesome a clean brush feels when applying makeup, if we all had a choice we would throw them out and just buy new ones all the time!  I personally don’t have that luxury so I have to just suck it up and clean ’em.

First, let me give you a quick lesson on why it’s SUPER important to clean them in the first place (some people know and some people don’t know).  Basically brushes pick up oil, dirt, dead skins cells and all that yucky stuff, sooo if you don’t wash them ever so often you’re just kind of putting all that stuff right back on your face.  Another SUPER important tip “NEVER USE ANYONE ELSE’S BRUSHES or LET ANYONE USE YOURS!!!” It’s one thing to pack on your own dirt back on your face but imagine packing on someone else’s dirt and oil and yucky stuff. Gross right?!!! I won’t even get into the lady that ended up in a wheelchair  simply because she used her friends makeup brush to cover a pimple!!! Don’t believe me? Google it!


I’ve tried tons of ways to clean my brushes.  I’ve tried using dish soap, baby soap, brush shampoo, you name it, I’ve tried it.  I just never fully stuck any of them.  I came across a couple of people who mentioned using the ZOTE detergent and how it worked really well.  So of course me being me I decided to try it.  I found the soap at my local WALMART and it was only .97 cents!!!! .97 cents is a STEAL!! I do believe you can find it at TARGET or a supermarket, just check the laundry section and prices do vary depending on where you buy it. So really fast all you do is you take the soap, run it through water and as the water is running on top of the soap you start scrubbing (I don’t know if that’s how I should say it….) the brush on the soap.  You’ll start seeing the dirt come off and you just continue until the water is clear again or you see that the brush is fully clean.brushes3

Then you can take a towel or a bounty like I do and lay the brushes flat to dry overnight.


 In the morning you’ll have squeaky clean brushes! And there you have it! An easy, super inexpensive way to clean your brushes.  The soap is huge so it should last you a really long time, it can be tricky to store since it’s so big but I just stuff it back in whatever it came in, I wait till its dry and I store it with the rest of my cleaning stuff.  What is your “cleaning makeup brushes” routine?  If you do try my way let me know how you like it. Thanks for reading guys!




  1. Jezzebel Borges
    May 3, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I’m glad you have this blog. I just started getting into make up. Yeah I know late I’m hitting 30 next year. But I wanted to clean my brushes and didn’t know how to even start. I was actually thinking about it today and boom this blog popped up. Lol do you have any inexpensive beauty blenders in mind. I find mine to be stiff. I started out with drug store products till I get the hang of this before I spend money on the better quality things.

    • mostthingsmom
      May 3, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      I’m glad I can help! 🙂
      Yes! I personally have tried the actual beauty blender and a cheaper alternative and I find that both work perfectly fine. I’ve used the “Real Techniques” makeup sponge and you can find it in Target or Walmart or Walgreens and some other drugstores for like $6 . It works really well, I use their brushes as well. So if you’re looking for a good drugstore one id say start with that. I have em both and I really don’t use them. I’d rather use my brush because of the 1 less step of having to wet it.

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