Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner with essential oils

Homemade DIY makeup brush cleaner with essential oils

When was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a good deep cleaning? I’m sharing with you a simple homemade makeup brush cleaner that is easy to make and uses common non-toxic ingredients! 

Now that I have found this great homemade/diy cleaner I won’t be so lazy when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes.  You can use just an oil and soap to clean your brushes but I really like that this cleaner includes essential oils with cleansing and purifying properties for extra clean and purified brushes.  

 It’s really a good idea to do a deep clean like the one I’m sharing once a month.  This will remove old makeup, bacteria and other yucky stuff in your makeup brush bristles.  If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts you can do this deep clean weekly or every other week.  

I just want to mention it is recommend to at least wipe your brush off with a clean towel in between uses daily.  

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner with essential oils - Rays of Bliss

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner You Will Need:

dirty makeup brushes

small bowl

wash cloth or paper towels

2 tablespoons oil (extra-virgin olive oil or fractionated coconut oil)

2 tablespoons dish soap or castile soap

5 drops Melaleuca essential oil 

5 drops Grapefruit essential oil (lemon or lavender are good alternatives)

warm water from sink

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner with essential oils - Rays of Bliss


1. Add oil, soap and essential oils into a small bowl.

2. Swirl your brush in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until you see the makeup stored in your brush start to come out.

3. Rub in a circular motion on the palm of your hand to release all the makeup from the brush.

4. Rinse the brush under warm water (NOT HOT). Swirl brush bristles in your palm until clean, and the water runs clear.

5. Wipe brush bristle gently with towel and try to get out excess water.

6. Shape bristles to original sharp and set on towel for 4 hours or until dry. To prevent fluffy brushes from losing their shape roll fluffy brush bristles in a towel tightly while drying.

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner with essential oils - Rays of Bliss

I hope you give this homemade and non-toxic makeup brush cleaner a try.  If you have not been cleaning your brushes regularly you may see improvement to your skin!

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  1. Great recipe. I know it is important to deep clean them. They gather bacteria. My advice is to avoid using them on 2 different faces. It is not right. Thank you for sharing your post. Greetings!

  2. Thank you for sharing this great recipe for brush cleaner.

  3. I never actually thought about cleaning my makeup brushes. I don’t know why it’s never crossed my mind. I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Amber Ludwig says:

    Great recipe!! I love all natural cleansing, especially for anything Im putting on my face!! Trying this recipe asap!!

  5. Allison Swain says:

    I will be trying this out to clean my brushes! I like how natural it is and it seems easy. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Makeup brushes? I don’t have any to clean, but I like the recipe for cleaning.
    slehan at juno dot com

  7. Melissa Storms says:

    I need to try this. I have a few really good brushes I use regularly that could use a cleaning that won’t ruin them.

  8. Melanie Hawk says:

    Love this recipe!

  9. Im so guilty of not doing this. Great tips thank you

  10. I had an empty 15ml bottle and just bottled up what I didn’t use!

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