Squeaky Clean Brushes

So I thought I'd do a quick post on how I keep my brushes super clean. I do this about once weekly, and honestly if you don't do this then shame on you!! (haha). I cringe when I go to a friends and their brush hasn't been clean since they first bought it! Honestly though, so much bacteria breeds in dirty brushes and not only can it cause spots and excess oil production, but it can make application less flawless! Heres how I do mine..

You will need:
- Dirty brushes (I usually do mine in bulk, but if you only use two during the week just do those!)
- Running water (a.k.a. A tap)
- Gentle shampoo
- A towel (not pictured!)

I've used everything from Dove to Aussie to Tesco Value. You won't tell the difference between this and any other cleaner marketed specifically for brushes, honest. Just a tip- to keep your brushes in better condition and to make them last forever, don't use a clarifying or volumising shampoo. These are designed to strip the hair of oil, therefore dry them out. This may be brilliant for your hair, but it'll dry the bristles, making them snap and shed. This one cost me 9p from Tesco (I know, 9p.)

I let the tap run until the water is hand hot. I find that if its too cold the germs aren't removed and it is harder to get them squeaky clean, but if it is too hot then it can ruin the bonds and lead to shedding.

Next I dip my brush under the tap until its extremely saturated. I by far prefer to keep the tap running and dunk it under rather than fill the sink like you would a bath. Just because then I'm not washing them in dirty water. Try it and see the colour your foundation brush turns the water, not pleasant.

I then put about a 50p sized blob of the shampoo in the palm of my hand and swirl, swirl, swirl! I sometimes repeat this a few times depending on the brush and how often its used (e.g. A foundation brush I use all week will be double washed, and a liner brush I've used once will only be single washed). Make sure you keep the brush upright when its wet so that the water doesn't run inside and cause the brush to shed or break. I then run the tap over it until the water runs clear, and pull it back into shape, whilst removing excess water.

All done! I always lay a hand towel down with them all lined up on. Always near a window, with it open to make sure they dry properly and don't stay damp for too long. Obviously weather permitting, I think if I opened the window they'd be wetter than they started!

I hope this helped some of you! Let me know how you wash your brushes, and the shampoo you use!

15 comments:

  1. When you leave your brushes to dry, leave them slightly tilted so the hairs go downwards so the water doesnt sink into the glue holding the hairs together and lead them to malt, not good! haha
    great blog!!!! xx

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    1. ah brilliant idea! always wondered how you'd go about doing this? like putting another towel under the handle part?! haha! thanks xx

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  2. oooh i see you have some real techniques brushes? i'd love some of these, heard such good things about them! you just reminded me that i need a couple of new brushes actually :D

    beautythrill.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes I have a couple! They do live up to the hype I must admitt! xx

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  3. I use this method :) You've beaten me in the bargain baby shampoo stakes though - I use Sainsburys basics which costs a WHOPPING 11p ;)

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    1. Oh you big spender you! Might have to splash out on a bit of Sainsburys luxury next time ;) xx

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  4. Great post! I use baby shampoo and love it!
    http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It works a treat! The Johnsons one is my fave I must admitt!xx

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  5. I tend not to use my brushes because I hate cleaning them, I don't know what it is it just really grosses me out haha! But good tips, I've never seen the point in spending a fortune on specialist brush cleaners when you can just use good old soap or shampoo xx

    beautyembraced.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know what you mean it is such a chore! It is quite gross to see what comes out of them haha! Baby shampoo all the way! xx

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  6. This is exactly how I clean my brushes! :) Now, do I do it at least once a week? Eh... haha I can get a bit lazy but I loved all your little tips and tricks. Great pictures too Sophy! :) xx

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    1. I can be a bit lazy some times! I also have doubles of my favourite brushes so I don't have to do them as often haha! Thanks glad you liked it xx

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  7. feels so great after having brushes cleaned doesn't it?
    do you not use conditioner on it?
    x

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  8. I've never tried baby shampoo, might do this in the future ! xx

    butterfleyesblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Ive always used actual makeup brush cleaner.....Ive never thought of using baby shampoo such a good idea!!!! xxx

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