Our Non-Toxic Super Easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important but easily overlooked parts of a skincare routine. Think back… when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Just think of all the old makeup, powder, oil, dead skin, and bacteria living on your brushes… Ew! All that bacteria can lead to pesky breakouts and infections. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our favorite natural, non-toxic DIY makeup brush cleaner recipe.

Why you should use a DIY makeup brush cleaner

If you’ve ever shopped for makeup brush cleaners, you may have been overwhelmed by the options. There are dozens of labeled, high-brand makeup brush cleaners… full of fragrance, alcohol, endocrine disruptors and toxic chemicals that can irritate your skin. You may have also heard the old advice to clean your makeup brushes with your shampoo… but is your shampoo antibacterial? Probably not. You’ll likely still experience breakouts from your not-quite-clean makeup brushes. 

With our recipe for a natural, non-toxic DIY makeup brush cleaner, you can use affordable ingredients that you likely already have in your house. Clean makeup brushes just got a lot easier.

Our recipe for natural, non-toxic DIY makeup brush cleaner

Our DIY makeup brush cleaner recipe is two steps, and ideally should be done at least once a week. Depending on how often you use makeup, you may want to clean your makeup brushes more.


-Gentle oil such as almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or your oil cleanser

-White vinegar


Step One: Oil cleanse your makeup brush

First, take a few drops of almond oil (or your other preferred oil) and using your fingers, rub this onto the bristles of your makeup brush. This step is essential before the antibacterial cleansing, because it removes all the old makeup, face oils, and gunk from your brush. 

If you read our oil cleansing method post, you know that oil attracts oil! Watch as all the old makeup (that you didn’t even know was on your brush!) melts off. Keep massaging the oil into the brush and alternately run it under cool water to get all the oil and makeup out.

Step Two: Antibacterial cleanse your makeup brush

Once your makeup brush bristles look like their original color, it’s time for the antibacterial cleanse. This step will keep your makeup brushes clean and sterile, and protect you from acne breakouts! 

In a bowl, create a mixture that is ½ water and ½ white vinegar. White vinegar has amazing antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can make the batch as big or small as you want, depending on how many brushes you are cleaning. Place your makeup brush in the mixture – the bristles should be completely submerged. Swirl around the brush, and leave it to sit in the mixture for 5-10 minutes. Don’t wait too long as you don’t want to damage your brush’s bristles. 

After 5-10 minutes, remove the brush, run quickly under cool water, and dab dry on a towel. Set out flat to dry. You may notice a smell of vinegar, but this will go away.

Let us know if you use our DIY makeup brush cleaner recipe. Share your thoughts in the comments, or tag us on social media!



Sarah Bence