Keep your beauty tools—and your skin—in pristine condition with a few household products.

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makeup brush in cleaner
Ashley Poskin

It is so important for the health of your skin to keep your makeup brushes clean and bacteria-free. Simply running your brush under water might rinse away some of the debris but it won't get rid of the oils that can build up and clog your pores. And while there are many brush cleansers available on the market, our DIY cleaning solution is just as good and, in some cases, works better for people with sensitive skin.

As an added benefit, regular maintenance will help keep your brushes in good condition for longer. Once a month to every two weeks is sufficient for cleaning, the important thing is to actually ​do it!​

What goes into our cleaning solution? For one, we love using castile soap because it's gentle and easy on all skin types. Choose an oil that you are familiar with and that works well with your skin type. We used Kate Blanc's Jojoba Oil ($9.99, kateblanccosmetics.com) but we found that ​Edens Garden Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil ($9.95, edensgarden.com)​, Sweet Almond Carrier Oil ($9.95, edensgarden.com)​, or ​Grapeseed​ Carrier Oil ($9.95, edensgarden.com) work well.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine warm water, castile soap, and oil.

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Step 2

To clean a makeup brush: Swirl and dab makeup brush in the solution to loosen makeup residue. Rinse brush under a stream of warm water using your palm to work out excess soap and clean the bristles until the water runs clear and all makeup has been removed from the brush. If your brush is still dirty, mix up another small batch and repeat steps. Hang brush, bristles side down, to dry.

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