How to Inexpensively Clean Your Makeup Brushes Tutorial


Today I am giving everything in my home a good dose of spring cleaning and that extends to my makeup brushes. If you are like me and use a full set of brushes every day, or even a few times a week they get dirty pretty fast. It’s not something you always think about cleaning, but trust me those brushes need to be washed regularly!

In addition to actual product your brushes will gather lots of bacteria overtime, which isn’t something you want to be putting on your face. If your skin is breaking out more than usual and you aren’t sure why, check that your brushes are clean.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

You can buy solutions designed specifically for makeup brushes from Sephora and other retailers, some expensive and others less so. I typically don’t use a brush cleaner unless I’m in a rush. You can view my quick clean tutorial here!  My magic formula is… Baby Shampoo. It sounds almost too easy, but it really does work! Baby shampoos are formulated to be extra gentle while still cleansing, which is exactly what I need when it comes to washing my brushes. Here’s my routine:


1. Fill a bowl with warm water and mix in a dollop of shampoo until suds form.



2. Dip the brush in the soapy water and rub tit against the palm of your hand to get all the pigment and grime out. I repeat this a few times. You might need to change the water once or twice if your brushes are really dirty. My picture of the water bowl was from just one brush!

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3. Rinse the brush off, then place on a paper towel to dry. Repeat steps for the rest of your brushes! This is so easy and only takes a couple of minutes so I highly recommend taking a little bit of time out of your week to clean your brushes, even if you don’t use them very often.

What’s your makeup brush cleaning routine? Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this post please like this post and follow for more beauty tutorials, reviews, and subscription boxes. You can also find me on  Instagram & Twitter!

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3 thoughts on “How to Inexpensively Clean Your Makeup Brushes Tutorial

  1. I never would have thought of baby shampoo and was just thinking about buying some brush cleaner at Sephora the other day but decided to wait. I’m going to try your method instead! Thank you. 🙂


    1. You’re very welcome, thank you so much for reading! It’s definitely a cheaper alternative, I’ve found it works pretty well. I’ve also used it to stretch out clothes that shrink in the dryer 🙂 Let me know how it works out for you!!


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