facebook The Best Way To Clean All Your Makeup & Beauty Tools

The Best Way To Clean All Your Makeup & Beauty Tools

Cleaning Makeup and Beauty Tools

Many women love their makeup and skin care collections that they use daily. If your makeup area and tools you use get dirty you and are not cleaned regularly, you may not get that glowing, beautiful look you so desire. Not only that, it’s important to keep your makeup tools clean and free of bacteria.

Dirty brushes and other tools can lead to eye infections, skin infections, breakouts and even rashes. This is exactly why we came up with this great list of how to clean just about any makeup tool you own. This article will teach you how to best clean all your makeup and beauty tools with ease!

Hair Brushes and Combs

Our hairbrushes and combs tend to be places that collect a lot of dander, oil, dead skin and hair, as well as, hair products. You don’t want all that stuff being put back into your hair and scalp, especially after you just showered and washed your hair! First, you should use a wide comb, tweezers or your hands to remove as much hair as possible from the comb or brush. Then wash your brush or comb with shampoo and let it dry. If there is still some residue that remains, take an old toothbrush and a dab of shampoo and scrub it away. Don’t forget to rinse your hairbrush and allow to dry.

Curling Irons and Flat Irons

Gel, hairspray, mousse and other hair care products tend to build up on curling irons and flat irons. It then becomes a baked mess when you turn your devices on. Since you can’t just soak these devices there is another way to rid it of gunk so that it’s perfectly clean the next time you use it. First, be sure you have unplugged your hair iron. Then use a cotton ball or washcloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire surfaces. For a further clean you can also mix baking soda and water and lightly scrub down the surface. Be sure to wipe away any leftover residue with a clean towel.

Blow Dryers

It is so important to take a few minutes each week and clean out your hairdryer. The vents of blow dryers typically fill up with dust, dander and loose hairs. If you clean the blow dryer vent out routinely (vents are usually at the back of the dryer), your hair dryer will last longer. If you do not clean it out, your blow dryer can short out or even cause sparks and flames. That can be very dangerous! The simplest way to do this is to get a small brush with bristles or an old toothbrush that is dry and brush along the vent to remove the debris.

 Nail Care Implements

We have all heard stories about people who went to get a mani or pedi and ended up with a bacterial infection. It is so scary what can happen if you don’t probably take care of your nail tools and accessories. These tools can just fill up with dirt, bacteria and bodily fluids. So, it is so important to clean them after using them. Always throw away any single-use items like cotton balls and wood sticks. Your nail clippers and metal files can be wiped down with rubbing alcohol and then washed with antibacterial soap. Be sure to fully dry your tools to prevent bacteria from growing. Any plastic items can be rubbed down with alcohol, as well. Properly store your items in a clean container after washing them.

Makeup Brushes

After using your brushes you should probably spot clean them. You can do this by just wiping them off. However, you should deep clean them monthly. To do this you should use either a mild detergent, shampoo or baby shampoo. Wet the brush first then dab a small amount of the soap or shampoo on to the bush. Gentle rub it through the bristles of the brush. Rinse with cool water. If your brushes have wooden handles dry them at an angle so that the wood is not damaged. Water can actually deform and deteriorate your wooden handles. Let the brushes air dry overnight.

Ultrasonic Brushes

If you use an ultrasonic facial brush, it should be cleaned out weekly. Even though you use it with a cleanser does not mean it is fully clean. In order to do this, remove the facial brush head by unscrewing it. Take a couple drops of your favourite antibacterial soap and an old toothbrush and scrub it down. Make sure to get in between the bristles really good where gunk can back up in. After that rinse with warm water. Allow your ultrasonic brush to air dry overnight detached from the handle. This will ensure that your brush is clean and dry for the next time you decide to use it.

Makeup Sponges and Blenders

Makeup sponges and blenders can get caked with liquid foundation and other makeup you use with them. They can even turn a funky beige or brown tone because of it! It’s really important to clean them out well. First, you should dampen the sponge. Then use a mild soap or sulfate cleaner. Lather it up really good. Baby shampoo works really well for this, as well. Next, rinse the sponge out until the water comes out clear. You may have to lather and rinse a few times before this happens. After that wring the sponge or blender out really well. Make sure there are no suds left in it. Allow the sponge or blender to dry out overnight. You should do this process every few times you use your sponge or blender. Be sure to check for mould too. If you sponge or blender doesn’t fully dry it will become mouldy. Throw out any sponges or blenders that have signs of mould! If it is clean and free from mould then it is safe to continue using.

Makeup Powder Puffs and Cushion Compact Puffs

Your powder puffs can get filled with germs, oil, makeup and even bacteria. You should give your makeup powder puff a good cleaning at least once a week so that you do not risk cross-contaminating yourself with germs or harmful bacteria. Always be sure to clean any of your makeup tools after you were sick. To clean your powder puff start by shaking out all the excess powder from your blushes, powders or foundations. After that fill a small bowl with water and add a few drops of mild laundry detergent into it. Soak the powder puff in the water fully. Stir and swish it about to help remove any debris or dirt.Next fully rinse the powder puff off making sure to get all of the detergent out of it. Pat it dry as best as you can and then allow to air dry.

 Lotion and Hairspray Spouts

There is nothing worse than having a crusty lotion or hairspray spout. I mean, have you ever tried to get lotion out of a spout and it comes out caked and dried? Gross! To remedy this you should routinely clean the spouts of your lotion and hairspray bottles. Start by peeling off and removing any crusty edges on the spouts. Then with a damp towel wipe them down and remove any other visible debris. Be sure to fully dry off the spouts. Hopefully, since doing this, your spouts won’t be so gunky the next time you go to use them.

Eyelash Curler and Mascara

Your eyelash curler and mascara are used so close to your eyes which are prone to getting infections easily. It’s highly recommended that you change out your mascara monthly to ensure that it is safe to use. If your mascara brush does become caked with gunk, you can use a wet towel and wipe off any debris on it. Then dry it will a dry towel before putting it back in the tube.

Your eyelash curler can get pretty dirty with makeup and bacteria This tool should be cleaned weekly. To clean your eyelash curler take a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire tool. Rinse it off with cold water then allow it air dry on a clean towel. If you have more sensitive eyes, you may want to clean this tool after every single use.

Makeup Pencil Sharpener

You probably use your makeup pencil sharpener to sharpen your collection of eyeliners and lip liners. Each of these makeup products come in close contact with bodily fluids. This is why your pencil sharpener should be cleaned after each use. This will help prevent cross-contamination. To clean your makeup sharpener simply putting rubbing alcohol on an old toothbrush and gently rub all the edges of the sharpener and remove any makeup debris. Allow it to air dry when down. Also, if your pencil sharpener blade becomes dull, simply unscrew the razor and sharpen it with a knife sharpener. Be careful of sharp edges though.


We use our makeup tweezers for a lot of different things such as plucking our eyebrows to trying to remove a sliver out of our kid’s fingers. This makeup took can come in contact with bodily fluids and should definitely be cleaned after each use. Simply wash this tool with antibacterial soap and warm water. Then wipe down with a cotton ball that was dipped in rubbing alcohol. Allow the tweezers to ai dry completely before putting them away. Also, our tweezers can get dull which makes plucking stray hairs difficult. To remedy this situation just sharpen the ends of your tweezers with a nail file or sandpaper and they will once again work fantastically.


Mirrors are vital makeup tools. We might think of them as that, however, have you ever tried to put makeup on without one? It’s important to keep them By keeping your mirror clean you will ensure that you look your best every time you put your makeup on. Start by making your own glass cleaner. All you need is 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Add a drop or two of lemon essential oil. Then put it in a spray bottle and spray down your mirror. Dry it off completely! And there you go, one clean mirror where you can apply your makeup.

 Shower Loofahs

Shower loofahs are great for cleaning your body but they can pick up dirt, oil and bacteria. Not only that the moisture and warm air in your bathroom is a perfect place for bacteria and mould to grow. So it is so important to clean your loofah. You should rinse off your loofah after each use. Then be sure to hang it so that it has a chance to dry. Once a week you can clean it in a solution of water to one tablespoon of bleach. Or you can throw your loofah in the washing machine. If you ever find mould on your loofah throw it out right away and buy a new one. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Makeup Containers, Boxes and Bags

The places where you store your cosmetics, makeup, lotions and hair care products can get dirty at times and all gunked up too. For metal and plastic containers simply clean them with a surface cleaner and wipe them dry. For makeup bags that are fabric simple throw them in the washing machine for a quick wash. Keep your makeup areas clean, as well. Wipe down your counters and surfaces with a good surface cleaner as needed.


Final Thoughts

Be sure to follow the helpful tips in this article to ensure you are cleaning your makeup tools properly. Cleaning your makeup tools and accessories will prevent bacterial infections and aid in you putting your makeup on clean and perfect every time! Keep in mind that there are cleaning products on the market specifically for makeup tools, however, most of the time rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap will do the job right. Your health is so important, so don’t skip out on cleaning these items. Your skin and hair will be better for it.