It's no secret that I love using white vinegar for cleaning purposes (it's cheap, green and effective... what's not to love?). So when someone told me recently that they use vinegar to clean their makeup brushes I was intrigued. And since my brushes were in dire need of a thorough washing I thought I'd put it to the test.
You will need:
- Mix one part warm water to one part white vinegar. Add in a couple of drops of baby shampoo. The latter isn't terribly important and you can leave it out if need be, but it will make your brushes feel softer and they'll smell lovely and clean too. (For those of you worrying this method will leave your brushes stinking of vinegar, it really doesn't).
- Swirl the dirty brushes around in this mixture. Watch all the disgusting residue come off the brushes. Eew.
- Rinse the brushes under warm water. That's it. Reshape and leave to dry by standing brush side up in a cup or a jar.
This technique for cleaning makeup brushes is amazingly effective and will leave the brushes as good as new with very little effort! I used to clean mine with baby shampoo, which worked but I would have to rinse the brushes under the tap for quite some time before the water ran clear. With this vinegar method the water ran clear from the moment I rinsed the brushes as the vinegar had removed so much makeup residue already.