Sunday, 28 April 2013

Clean Makeup Brushes with Vinegar!

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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:

White vinegar
Warm water
Baby shampoo

  • 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. 


  1. LOVE this!! I hate how soap always takes forever to rinse out. My makeup brushes are about due to be cleaned too, definitely gonna give this a try!

  2. I also use white vinegar for many things. I did a post on vinegar and how I use it to clean with and am currently working on another on how i use it as a "beauty" aid and cleaning my makeup brushes is one of the ways. I just did this myself a couple weeks ago and it does work great.

  3. I used to clean mine very similarly until recently when I watched saw a video on youtube by a British make up artist (gossmakeupartist) - he uses straight isoporopyl alcohol because the brushes will dry so much faster than they if they are wet from water - and of coarse the alcohol kills all gers. Just thought I'd pass that along.

  4. Thank you for this tip! Going to do this today - mine are in serious need of a good clean! Pinning!

  5. Great tip. I just use baby shampoo.

  6. Great tips. I don't do this NEARLY enough... gross to think about. I'll have to put this on my "to-do" list this week! :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Wednesday!

  7. Great tip! I bought something from the same counter where I get my makeup, but it is all chemicals and such. I love the idea of using something more natural. I'm pinning this and sharing it via my social media sites later today.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  8. I would have never thought to use vinegar! I've been using a combo of makeup remover and water. A lot of makeup comes off but I don't want to waste my remover. I'll be trying this tonight!

  9. Ooh, thanks for the idea! My makeup brushes could use a good cleaning soon, they are icky!


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