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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Posted Feb 13 2013 1:18pm

homemade brush cleaner I’m very lazy about cleaning my makeup brushes – it usually takes having some leftover dark eye shadow in my eye shadow brush taking over the color I am trying to use to inspire a full out brush cleaning.  Most commercial/ fancy brush cleaners have the dreaded “fragrance” in the ingredient list – and they can cost upwards of $20.  Making your own is not only safer, but far more economical.

The ingredients in most makeup brush cleaners are as follows:  water, alcohol to disinfect, something to make it smell nice, and something to gently cleanse the brush bristles.  After scouring the internet for recipes, I settled on the alcohol plus baby shampoo route. The great part is most of this stuff was already in my house:

Ingredients & Supplies:
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon baby shampoo (I used Shea Moisture  - it smells yummy)
1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
1 glass spray bottle (you can find these online on Etsy or Natural Markets )

Directions Boil the water on a stove top for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let it cool (alternatively you can used distilled water).  Mix in the rest of the ingredients until well incorporated.  Fill the glass bottle with the mixture.  To clean your brushes:  spray each one with the brush cleaner and wipe clean with a paper towel (I squeeze the brushes between my finger and thumb lined with paper towel).  Set them aside to dry for at least 30 minutes. 

And since I don’t actually have a baby, I’ll use the rest of the shampoo to wash Bea.  She will at best be confused and at worst stare me down while I try to make her smell good.

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