Cheap Brush Cleaning Method

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This is a guest post by Rachel B Babbling Loon

Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to share with you one of my most trusted beauty tips!

Cleaning and maintaining your brushes is extremely important.

Not only do you want to get rid of the excess makeup and oils, but you also want to extend the life of your brushes.

I know that if I’ve spent a lot of money on a brush, I want it to last longer than 1-2 years.

Brush cleaners can get pretty expensive over time.

Even if the product itself is not that expensive, repurchasing it several times within a year can add up fast.

The two things I use to clean my brushes are something you probably already have somewhere in your home.

A cheap way to clean those precious brushes is combining antibacterial dish soap and a little bit of olive oil.

The dish soap is a way to thoroughly clean and disinfects your brushes.

The olive oil acts as a conditioner to the bristles, keeping them as soft as a baby’s bottom.

Well, maybe not that soft, but you get the idea.

To do this, I take a small plate and add several pumps of the dish soap.

I pour a small amount of the olive oil onto the plate so the soap and oil are side by side. Take your dirty brush and swirl it on the plate in a circular motion.

Then, move the brush back and forth on your hand to work in the mixture.

Once you feel like your brush and hand are sufficiently sudsy (yes, that is the technical term), rinse the brush under lukewarm water.

Hot water can damage your brushes, causing the brush to shed.

Keep swirling the brush in your hand and squeezing out excess water. Repeat the swirling and squeezing until the water runs clear.

Take a paper towel or clean hand towel and squeeze out even more of the water before laying them down to dry completely.

As a final word of advice:

Do not stand the brushes back up until they are completely dry.

Any water that is still on the brush could move inside and begin to loosen the glue that is holding the bristles in place.

And that’s all you have to do to cheaply, and effectively, clean your brushes! I hope you all enjoyed this beauty tip!

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Happy cleaning!