Cleaning your makeup tools

Cleaning your makeup tools

Cleaning your makeup tools is one of the most important things when it comes to my makeup. Not just for when you apply your face of the day, but for your health. Bacteria can breed on your makeup brushes or your sponge and cause your skin to break out. Or, even cause a health problem. There are plenty of horror stories online. But I won’t be going into those today.

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I’ve tried quite a few products to clean my makeup brushes and sponges and haven’t written about any of them before. As I just didn’t think that they were any good or anything special. Why would I want to share something like that? So, you’ll understand what a big deal this post is from me to you.

Makeup Revolution

Pro Cleanse Brush Tool

I’ll start with the newest addition to my brush cleaning routine. The Makeup Revolution Pro Cleanse Brush Tool that I purchased at the same time as their makeup brushes (Makeup Revolution Brushes Review). It’s on their site as£4.99. But I managed to get it for £2.50 in the sale they had. Which I must admit helped me decide to buy it. I was considering purchasing a brush cleaning tool for ages before I finally bit the bullet.

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Before it arrived I was thinking that it might be too small or flimsy and that the textured surface wouldn’t be enough for big brushes. It’s hollow and you can wear put it on your fingers to help clean your brushes.

I actually found it great for cleaning all of my brushes. From the crease brush to the powder brush. This might have been because of the products I use to clean the brushes. As they lather a lot.

But I was initially surprised by how much product was removed immediately from the brushes. So, this must have had some effect as I’ve been using the same cleaning products for a while.

I’ve really happy with it and it would be especially good for travelling. Whether that’s a two-week trip or longer. As it’s light and doesn’t take up much room.  But I don’t think I’d have purchased it for £4.99. I’d have expected a larger product for that price really. So I’m glad I got it in the sale. Which they have quite often.

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Dr Bronner’s 18 – in – 1 Hemp Lavender Pure-Castile Soap

I had read a lot about the Dr Bronner soaps online and Hayley’s, from A Better Kind, YouTube Video made me want to get it even more. This cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade, organic soap in a bottle made from recycled plastic sounded right up my street. Especially when it claims that you can use for it 18 different uses. Which Hayley proved in her video.

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There are many ways to use this soap and there are instructions on how to dilute the soap for different uses. But I don’t dilute it for cleaning my brushes. I use such a tiny amount you will struggle to see it on the brush cleaning tool. This tiny amount can clean one or more brushes depending on their size and how dirty they are.

For the makeup sponge I have, I wet the sponge and apply a drop or two to my hand. Then clean the sponge until the water from it runs clear.

It cleans them thoroughly and leaves a lovely subtle lavender scent on my brushes. Which is really nice when I’m applying my makeup and get a whiff. I’ve tried products before that leave my hands dry but this leaves them soft and the brushes are still lovely and soft when they’ve dried.

This little bottle, that I bought from TKMAXX for £3.99 rather than the RRP of £5.99, sits on the side in my Bathroom. As well as cleaning my brushes, I use it for hand wash and cleaning the bathroom itself. I’m going to get a couple of the other fragrances.

I’ve had a look-see online and there are lots of places where this is available.

What Dr Bronner says;

Scented with pure lavender and lavandin oils to calm the mind and soothe the body! Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Lavender Liquid Soap is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. All-One!


Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.

If you’d like to know more check out Hayley’s really cool video below.

Soap & Glory’s Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

Okay, yes this is a face cleanser. But it’s also a makeup remover and does a great job of it too. So, when I’ve had especially troublesome cream products refuse to budge from a makeup brush or two I’ve been using a little of this. It’s just as good on my brushes as it is on my face with waterproof makeup.

I discovered how good it was when I’d run out of another brush cleaning product. I thought, “Why not?”, and it worked like a charm.

It’s £8 for 350ml and has lasted me really well. The fresh scent is lovely for cleansing my face, sensitive skin and all, as well as leaving a subtle scent on the brush. It’s a great multipurpose product.

If you’re looking some affordable, cruelty-free makeup brushes, I wrote a review on some gorgeous Rose Gold brushes here.

What do you love to use to clean your makeup tools? Have you used Dr Bronner’s before? What variety do you recommend that I try next?  Check out Hayley’s blog and channel and say hello to her for me. 

Disclaimer: Any links provided are just to be helpful. This is not a sponsored post.  Full Disclaimer here.

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