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How to Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaner

After scrolling through hours and hours of Tik Tok videos I came across a video of a girl making her own brush cleaner and I thought to myself I HAVE TO DO THIS! It’s money-saving, quick and helped me upcycle storage containers I had laying around.

As an MUA I have over 50 makeup brushes, plenty for my eyes, face, contour and beauty blenders for my base. These need to be cleaned often as harmful bacteria multiplies easily onto the fibres. It can cause acne, blackheads or even conjunctivitis. Research shows that bacteria such as E.coli, fungus and staphylococcus are just some of the few bacterias to be found on makeup brushes who haven’t seen soap and water in a while.

So let’s get these brushes clean, make makeup application better and save money!  I’m going to show you how to make it using a step by step guide, it’s super easy.

You will need:

  • 1-3 bars of soap (depending on container size)
  • Boiling water
  • A spare container (I used an old, clean lunchbox)
  • A cheese grater or knife
  • Something to mash up the soap

When it comes to choosing the soap, I just used some moisturising soap by Dove, but if you want you can go for soap with tea tree in or lavender just to ensure it’s antibacterial. Most supermarkets sell bars of soap very cheap!

Step 1:

Make sure to clean out and disinfect your container and you have all your tools ready to go. Also, make sure your hands are clean! If you want to wear gloves because the soap gets messy when you’re cutting it then feel free.


Step 2:

If you can grate the soap then do so but I didn’t have one laying around so I had to use a knife to chop it into small pieces. It’s hard and the knife can slip really easily so be as careful as you possibly can! Because of my container size, I used 2 bars instead just to make sure I had enough to last a few weeks.


Step 3:

Add a small amount of boiling water, if you haven’t grated the soap and cut it instead then it’s better to use something to mash it all up so it smooths out. The boiling water will melt the odd bits and seal it all in. Using the back of a spoon you can smooth it all out even more.

Step 4:

Make sure it’s got a lid so it’s not being left out collecting bacteria. Then all you have to do it add some water, not too much and get cleaning your brushes! Always check after they’ve been swilled around the soap in the container that they get a thorough wash with cold water. This obviously ensures that all soap and makeup leaves the bristles. Lay them on their side, onto a towel just because if they get left with the bristles facing up the water will run down the handle causing the glue under the bristles to fall apart.


I have been using mine non-stop since I made it, my brushes are coming up so clean and I’ve already noticed that makeup application is alot smoother!

I enjoyed doing a DIY for a change! It’s nice when you can use one of these ‘hacks’ from social media to make something to help with makeup! Take care – Beth x




6 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaner

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  1. That lil box is so cute! This is actually such a good idea cause makeup brush cleanser is soooo expensive, i tend to use a bar of soap to clean my beauty sponges and then fairy liquid for my brushes, but this sounds better!


    1. Honestly saved me about £5-£7! I usually buy fancy ones but making my own from now on 🙂


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