Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

We all know that we are healthier when we have less chemicals in our lives, and I’ve discovered that some times it’s very sneaky where chemicals are still hiding in things we use. Natural makeup brush cleaner isn’t something I would’ve thought of. I had a friend chatting about how she switched, and her makeup brushes have become softer. Keeping makeup brushes clean is important and this great article from the Wellness Mama site has a recipe to make our own natural makeup brush cleaner.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

My favorite cream blush and many of the items in my natural makeup routine apply best with a brush. Keeping clean makeup brushes is almost as important to me as choosing non-toxic makeup.

Cleaning makeup brushes isn’t usually the first thing on our to-do lists … if it’s ever on there at all. But it’s undeniable that brushes can harbor all types of unsavory bacteria that cause breakouts and other problems.

Why Clean Makeup Brushes?

With so many other things going on in our lives, it can be easy to forget (or not even think about) cleaning up our makeup tools. However, clean makeup brushes last longer, as the bristles degrade more quickly if they’re not kept clean and maintained. For those who are investing in pricier, high quality brushes, it makes financial sense to keep them for as long as possible. I have an inexpensive set of brushes since I don’t wear much makeup that often, but I still want to keep them in good shape so they’ll last a long time!

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Protecting the Skin

Research shows that a dirty makeup brush can clog pores and lead to skin irritation. Oil, dirt, and bacteria collect on the bristles over time, which are then brushed on the skin. In extreme cases, people have reported getting staph infections and pinkeye from bacteria on makeup brushes.

From a bacterial perspective using clean makeup brushes may be almost as important as washing your face!

This makeup brush cleaner recipe uses natural castile soap to break up the dirt and grease that accumulates. The alcohol is a natural disinfectant, and it also makes the solution dry faster. I’ve also added oil to the blend to keep bristles soft and conditioned.

The Recipe: Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner


  • 1 ½ cup distilled water
  • 2 TBSP vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • ½ tsp sweet almond or olive oil (recommended for real hair brushes)
  • 2 tsp castile soap
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 8 oz glass bottle
  1. Pour all of the ingredients, except the water, into the glass bottle. Swirl the mixture to combine everything.
  2. Add the distilled water to the bottle until it’s almost full, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Shake well to combine.
  3. If you put the mixture in a glass spray bottle, this mixture can be used to spritz and rinse brushes after each use for an easier clean.


  1. Shake the cleaner well, and pour a small amount of it into a small bowl.
  2. Swirl a makeup brush in the mixture, gently pushing it across the bottom to clean. Make sure the water level is below the ferrule (the part of the brush that connects the handle to the bristles). If cleaning multiple brushes, start with the cleanest feeling one first, then work up to the dirtiest. The cleaning solution may need to be changed between brushes.
  3. Rinse the brush under running water, bristles pointing down and keeping water out of the ferrule. Then gently squeeze the bristles to remove the majority of the water.
  4. Lay the brush flat on a clean towel and air dry.


That looks pretty simple and easy to do. Do you use makeup brushes to put on makeup?

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