Answer me honestly here folks — when’s the last time you washed your makeup brushes?

If your answer is “oh jeez, I can’t remember”, don’t be ashamed. I used to be like you. 😉 There are a lot of reasons why we don’t wash our makeup brushes as we forget, or we replace them, or maybe we just don’t know the best way to get them clean. A lot of people just rinse them down with water, which will get rid of the makeup, but doesn’t really get them as clean as they could be.

However, your brushes will last much longer if you give them a nice Castile soap bath every couple of weeks! Since many brushes can be super expensive, you want to make them last as long as possible. Plus, since they are on your face — and so close to your mouth and eyes — you want to make sure you’re not just spreading bacteria around or letting it accumulate in the bristles. Ick!

Here’s a quick and simple way to wash your makeup brushes with Castile soap so they’ll last longer and give you better results!

How To Clean Makeup Brushes With Castile Soap

How To Clean Makeup Brushes With Castile Soap

You’ll need:

  • Warm water
  • Castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is great)
  • Paper towel
  • A towel to lay them flat

How to:

  1. Take your first brush and wet the bristles with warm water, then swirl it in your hand in a small drop of the Castile soap until you start to see color and product coming off of it.
  2. Be sure not to get the metal part that holds the bristles to the brush wet — that’s where the glue is and you can ruin your brushes if it gets too damp. Bristles may come out if you tug too hard as well.
  3. Rinse your brush under the warm water again, then wipe it on a sheet of paper towel to see if it’s fully clean.
  4. If there’s still color coming out, repeat the steps until they rinse clean, then ay them flat — not standing up the cup. This is to stop water from again ruining your brushes by loosening the glue.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes With Castile Soap

Give this a try and you’ll definitely see a difference in your brushes. For bonus points, try storing your brushes in a brush roll or in a separate container than the rest of your makeup, especially when you’re traveling. That’ll stop the bristles from becoming mashed up and bent!