The Best Makeup Brush Cleaner


On behalf of all who wear makeup, I think it’s safe to say that no one really enjoys brush cleaning- especially if you have a bunch of them. I’m guilty of amassing more brushes so I can put off the cleaning process for as long as possible. I’m not gross about it so I do make sure that I only use my brushes for at most a week before either washing or using new ones. This brings me to talk about the types of makeup brush cleaners that work the best. If you google ‘how to clean makeup brushes’ you will find so many results ranging from DIY cleansers to pricey brand named ones. If you’ve invested in your makeup brushes, I am sure you want to take good care of them so they last as long as possible. But, just because you have a pricey brush doesn’t mean you need to buy a $$ dollar brush cleaner. I have discovered the best cleaner and it costs less than $5! Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap!! You can find this at your local drug store or supermarket. I buy mine from Target! :)


Baby shampoo, olive oil and dish soap, Beauty Blender’s solid cleanser, Sephora's solid cleanser, Bare Minerals brush cleanser, and Eco Tools brush cleanser, are just some of the variations I’ve tried. The only one comparable to Dr. Bronner’s are the solid cleansers from Beauty Blender and Sephora, but they cost way more.

Oftentimes when using other cleansers on my foundation brushes/sponges, residue and makeup is still left behind after repeated washings. Grroossss. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap takes off waterproof formulations with ease and breaks down thick, heavy foundations. Did I mention this also cleans off lipstick and lip stains? It's like magic!!  This soap doesn’t save me from having to clean my brushes, but it does make it easier and quicker to get through them all!


It's so satisfying when you wash a white brush! First it's pink and then after some swirling it's like brand new again! :)

Check out how clean my beauty blender gets:


I've been using this method for a few years now and my brushes still look and work like new! I haven't experienced any negative reactions or decreased quality from my brushes so I really believe this is the best cleanser out there!