Did you know we are supposed to be cleaning our brushes 1-2 times a WEEK?! ( I seriously had no idea. I am ashamed to say I wash my brushes 4-6 times a year, maybe… Yikes. ) The problem with not cleaning your brushes regularly? Bacteria! If you are experiencing some breakouts and cannot figure out why, this might be the reason. Not only are we supposed to be maintaining our brushes this often, but we are supposed to be replacing our brushes once every year or two.
In this stuff-hungy world we live in of fast fashion, disposable everything and the never-ending ferris wheel of upgrading our toys and technologies, the latter part of this recommendation sounds ridiculous to my ears. What say we care for our brushes as best we can to avoid trashing them every year?
Here is my latest DIY recipe and some step-by-step instructions on how to make your brushes last!
What You’ll Need
Some kind of nourishing oil, I am using Weleda’s almond oil, and a light and natural soap. I’m using this Live Clean hand soap that has Monoi oil in it. If you have sensitive skin, go for a natural baby soap. The oil will help condition the bristles of your brushes, be them synthetic or real hair. Also, I am using filtered water. You can always pre-boil some water to make sure it is sterilized.
So, I used a tiny spoon’s-worth of almond oils and two teaspoons of soap with about a half cup of h2o. Then I used my most favourite Whisky to whisk it all together!
IMPORTANT! When you are washing, rinsing and drying your brushes, it is essential to angle them downward so the water runs down off the brush bristles. Also, do not soak the head of the brushes. Both of these tips will prevent the glue or adhesive that holds the brush head to the handle from weakening and falling apart. This will make your brushes survive all this washing we will be doing.
After a good rinse, blot the brush out on a clean white towel to see if there is still makeup transfer. If so, repeat these steps until the brush is clean.
Most brush cleaners contain alcohol, which I am avoiding since I have sensitive skin. If you want an extra dose of sanitation, you can spritz the brush heads with a mister of rubbing alcohol.
Well, I hope this is helpful and informative!