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.
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.
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.
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.
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?