How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges at home DIY


A frequently Google search is how to clean makeup brushes and sponges at home DIY.

Cleaning your makeup brushes must be a regular habit, either you are a professional or not. If you are the only one that is using your little magic tools you can wash them every 10-20 days, but it depends on how many brushes you have, how many times you are using them, and the colors that you are using for your makeup. For example, if you are using only nudes, it’s ok, but if you are using mixed colors, reds, blue, green, nudes, you should wash them much more often in order to get the best of each color.

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From the time that you apply your makeup, you are sharing some bacteria with your brushes. The next time the bacteria will be multiplied, and so on… This will cause you in the best case irritation or breakouts or acne or even all of them. That’s why is mandatory for your skin to deep cleaning your brushes and sponges regularly. When you will clean your makeup brushes you are cleaning also the eye shadows etc from the previous uses, so your makeup will be better; If you are suffering from breakouts and acne, please clean your brushes every 1-5 days (max).

The makeup artists are cleaning and sterilizing our tools before and after each use. Nevertheless, the two methods that I am going to tell you are the methods that, as a Pro MUA, are proved to me as more effective than others.

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The first method is ideal for the sponges but is perfect for the brushes too. The second one is the faster method. Have in mind that the quick method is also effective and can remove bacteria and residues from the makeup products. In my opinion, it is better to use both methods.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges at home DIY

Ideal for the Beauty sponges (and makeup brushes)

Fill, in a medium bowl, 1/3 with lukewarm water, 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of dishwasher liquid. Soak your brushes and sponges for 2-3 minutes, then take one by one and start swirling them on a rough; area or on your palm under the running water (preferably lukewarm).

In case you have any stubborn dirt, repeat the whole method with a clean mixture and then squeeze out excess product. This method will leave your brushes and sponges amazingly soft and make them brand new!

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Soft brushes

Soft beauty sponges

Deep clean


Takes time to do (depends on the amount of brushes-sponges you may have)

Takes time to dry


As a professional makeup artist, I may have my tools twice and more, but sometimes I need to clean a brush in between eyeshadows. Currently, I am using the brush cleanser wipes by Beauty Drugs.

With one wipe I can clean very efficiently a whole makeup brush set. 

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Fast method

The brushes are coming dry in few seconds



You may leave some residues in the roots of the brushes.

You may need to repeat or be very careful not leave any products on them

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how to clean your makeup brushes and sponges at home DIY (1)

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