Cleaning your make-up brushes

This post is for those of you who wear make-up. I don’t wear much, and I don’t wear it often. I therefore forget that my make-up brushes need cleaning. Anyone else neglect their brushes too? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Cleaning your make-up brushes is an important step in your beauty routine that is often overlooked. Neglecting to clean your brushes can lead to a build-up of bacteria, oil, and product residue, which can cause breakouts and affect the application of your make-up. To keep your brushes in top condition, aim to clean them at least once a month (but weekly is better if you’re applying it everyday).

Let me show you how to do it naturally…

Cleaning your make-up brushes, step by step:

1. Fill a bowl with a few cups of hot water and 1 tablespoon of sodium percarbonate (powdered oxygen bleach). Give it a little stir.

2. Pop your brushes in and swirl them around. Once the water is cool enough to touch, use your fingers to really massage the fibres.

3. Rinse brushes under running water, and repeat these steps until your brushes are clean. Then, dry them – I popped mine in the sun for an hour or so.

I know these images aren’t riveting but this method really does work (as you can see). I used to use Castile soap, but sodium percarbonate is a game-changer, it’s way more effective.

It was oddly satisfying to see how grotty those brushes were, and to know now that they are clean and fresh and ready to go again! (Next time, I’ll get to them a few months sooner, I think!)


Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

1 Comment

  1. Amazing recipe, so good for dense brushes too. Worth using this quickly then using Castile soap to finish off the job so it’s visually satisfying watching it foam then rinse out with water.

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