Have you cleaned your makeup brushes lately? - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWMT


Recently I have discussed my interested in improving my beauty care regimen. I’ve been trying new products like essential oils, serums and creams as well as using higher quality makeup. Yet I fail to remember to do one of the simplest of things: Clean my makeup brushes! It’s one of those things that I don’t think about until I have an unexplained breakout. Then I wonder just how much bacteria my brushes are harnessing. I’m a creature of habit and have found a few brushes that I like more than others so even when I buy a new brush, I often gravitate back to my old, comfortable favorites.

In the past when I have needed to clean them, I’ve added a bit of dish soap to the end then massaged/scrubbed them like paint brushes. Unfortunately, that process has left the bristles a little worse for wear. In a list of “25 Ways to Use Palmolive” I discovered a new (and better) way to clean my brushes without damaging them. The best part is that I had all the necessary items right in my own kitchen!

Items needed to clean your makeup brushes:

Palmolive, clean sponge, paper towels and water. That’s it.

Step 1: Add a few drops of Palmolive to a damp sponge.

Clean your makeup brushes. Step 1 - Add Palmolive to a sponge. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM
Clean your makeup brushes. Step 2 - Wet your makeup brush. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM  Clean your makeup brushes. Step 3 - Wipe the brush across the soapy sponge. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM

Step 2: Wet your makeup brush.

Step 3: Wipe it back and forth across the sponge, rotating it to reach all sides. As you can see from the photo, makeup is already rubbing off onto the sponge.

Clean your makeup brushes. Step 5 - Rinse. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM

Step 4: Rinse under warm running water. I used a container so you can see just how much stuff was trapped in that brush!  Yuck.

Step 5: Place on a paper towel to air dry.

Clean your makeup brushes. Step 5 - Air dry. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM

Step 6: Repeat with additional brushes. The brush I just demonstrated happens to be my blush brush so you can see just how much was left on the sponge as well as how much went into the rinse water. In case you’re thinking the coloring on the sponge has anything to do with the Palmolive, it doesn’t. As you can see from my second brush (one I use for neutral foundation powder), it’s not the same color as the prior brush – yet equally as dirty.

Clean your makeup brushes. Step 6 - Repeat with other brushes. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM

It’s such a simple process, I have decided I’m going to add it to my monthly to-do list so I’m cleaning my brushes more frequently. While a month is still a long time, it’s better than the, oh, once a year that I remember to do it now!

As I mentioned above, I found this tip on the Walmart website. Not only is this a fun list of “25 Ways to Use Palmolive” but it also has a cool sweepstakes running along with it where you can help Palmolive select the next scent. Your vote is your entry into the sweepstakes for a chance to win a Palmolive Kitchen Essentials Basket filled with the following:

Mainstays 10-Piece Cookware Set
Better Homes and Gardens Flatware Set
Better Homes and Gardens 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Oster 7-Speed Blender
Oster 14-Piece Cutlery Set
Oster Digital Toaster Oven
Mainstays 3-Piece Cookie Sheet Set
Ultra Palmolive Original, 25 oz
Palmolive Antibacterial, 25 oz
Palmolive Soft Touch, Vitamin E, 25 oz

What unique ways do you use Palmolive?

DIY: Clean your makeup brushes with items you already have in your kitchen. - SahmReviews.com #PalmoliveWM

44 thoughts on “DIY: How to Clean Makeup Brushes

  1. I don’t wear makeup, but this is great to know if I ever decide to start. Palmolive is so versatile.

  2. I’m bad about just tossing the brushes and buying new ones, because I can get lazy about cleaning them. There are several great uses for Palmolive!

  3. i bet the passion fruit smells great while you clean the brushes! such an inexpensive and effective way to clean the brushes.

  4. Thanks for this tip. I have dress up brushes that I play with that need to be cleaned. I was just going to replace them, but I will give this a try instead!

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