Cleaning make-up brushes: Dr Bronner’s

I’m not exactly the most organised when it comes to cleaning my brushes – I should probably do this weekly or at least every fortnight – but I tend to clean them about once a month. It does help that I have pretty much two sets of brushes, so I tend to use one set then switch to the other – buying me a bit of time between washing sessions.

I should probably add here that when it comes to regular washing sessions it’s only the brushes that I put off. Personal hygiene wise I’m a daily shower (sometimes more than one) girl!

I used to use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to wash the brushes but I have recently switched to using Dr Bronner’s Liquid Soap. I received an email explaining the many benefits of the soaps – they can basically be used to clean anything. I have used them before but found them a little bit too drying for my skin but for the make-up brushes they are fantastic. I apply a tiny drop (you really only need a tiny amount) to the larger face brushes and massage into the bristles. All the make-up residue emulsifies and then I rinse them clean – it works a treat. I do only use the tiniest amount though, or else it can be a challenge to rinse all the residue.

The other reason I like these liquid soaps is the fact that they come in various scents/ingredients – the tea tree version is ideal for brushes as it has natural anti-bacterial properties so will be good at fighting any dirt/bacteria that has built up – helping to keep my face spot/gross-ness free. I also tried the citrus one, which I like for the smell but the tea-tree is definitely the one I will pick up again.

Because only a tiny drop is needed the small bottle will still last a really long time. When a bottle only costs a few pounds (around £3 for 118ml.) that’s a decent price to pay for brush cleaning. Plus I used a bit of the soap to clean the sink after the brush-cleaning session – love a multi-function product.

**The Small Print**

PR Sample sent for review.



  1. July 27, 2010 / 9:38 am

    Where do you get them from? I use baby shampoo at the mo but find i have to use quite a lot.

  2. July 27, 2010 / 11:22 am

    Nice! I like their soaps a lot; very gentle and smell great. I use Aveda’s Shampure to clean mine, which reminds me that I really need to do that today.

  3. July 27, 2010 / 1:14 pm

    thanks will check it out!

  4. Wande's World
    July 27, 2010 / 8:14 pm

    I love Dr Bronner, they are the best ever, especially with 18 uses, you really cant go wrong!

    Have you tried the Almond on Lemon one. Its beautiful!!!

  5. August 4, 2010 / 9:40 am

    Hey,guys cleaning your brushes don’t forget the domestic cleaning!Clean house is a nice house.Very useful blog by the way.:)

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