Like most girls, I use makeup everyday; if not twice, depending on the day. This, in turn, leads me to always using my makeup brushes! When you think about how often and where those brushes go, I feel I should be cleaning them as often as I wash my face, but I feel I can speak for most people when I say, I do not clean them anywhere near as often as I clean my room! I have used the wipes that can be pretty pricey. They range from $10-$15 with about 15-20 wipes, averaging about a $1 a wipe. Sure, they are a quick fix, but I feel they never get them as clean as they were when I bought them.
So, all of this led me to do some searching on do it yourself brush cleaners. The first one I came across was 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup. I gave the ingredients a little mix and dipped the brushes in one by one and gave them a good swirl around the cup. I saw the makeup come right off the brush and turn the cleaning mixture a dirty shade of brown. I rinsed them under luke warm tap water, reshaped and laid flat dry on a rag overnight. Initially I was a turned off by vinegar going on my brushes, which would then go on my face. No worries, the mix of the detergent leaves them smelling fresh and clean.
The second method I used was, 1 cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo (My niece’s Burt Bees Shampoo) I did the same as above, with a different but equally as dirty set of brushes. As I swirled them in the cup, I could see some makeup coming off, but it didn’t stop there. It continued as I rinsed them under the sink. With the vinegar/soap mix, the brushes were already clear of make-up before I rinsed them under the sink. I didn’t have to waste extra time rinsing.
So, I would have to say, I like the version with the vinegar better. It was evident that before rinsing it was taking the old makeup off of my brushes. The baby shampoo left them smelling so very sweet, but I didn’t feel that they were left just as clean as my other brushes.