homemade makeup brush cleaner

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

homemade makeup brush cleaner recipe

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So, let’s talk makeup brushes and my natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.

I’ll admit I didn’t even own a makeup brush until last year.  I used to just apply makeup with my fingers, because I felt I never wore enough makeup to justify buying fancy tools.  My makeup bag literally consists of four items.  And also, who doesn’t like finger painting?!  Then I bought a makeup brush last year (notice, singular – I’ve not gotten carried away with myself!) and wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years.  It’s so much easier!

The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning to help keep your skin clean and healthy.  Without cleaning your brush, you’re just brushing dirt and bacteria around your face, which, less face it, isn’t so appealing.

I’ve been trying out a few different methods to make a natural makeup brush cleaner and have decided that this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is a) by far the simplest and b) by far the best.  When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, no-one wants to be messing about with lots of different ingredients, so I think it’s best to keep it simple.

The main ingredient I use in this recipe is Dr Bronner’s liquid castile soap*.  I use this in lots and lots of different ways around my home, and always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard.   It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but you only ever use it diluted, so it does work out at incredibly great value.  The thing about Dr Bronner’s is that it’s certified organic and made with only pure plant oils, so there are no nasties in it whatsoever.  It’s also incredibly gentle on your best makeup brushes.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serves 1 single use solution

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

Clean your makeup brushes naturally, with this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe. Made in seconds with simple ingredients, your skin will love it!


  • 1 small jar with about 2 inches of lukewarm water (appox 50 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap*
  • (optional) 50 ml white vinegar (I buy in bulk from here*)


  1. Add the liquid castile soap to the lukewarm water and stir to combine. It's important to use lukewarm water as too hot water may melt the glue that holds the bristles of your makeup brush in place.
  2. Place the bristles in the soapy solution and swirl a few times to loosen the old makeup. .
  3. Keep going until the brush looks clean, and then rinse in some clean lukewarm water.
  4. If you want to ensure all the soap has been removed dip your brush bristles in a small jar of white vinegar. White vinegar is amazing at cutting through soap, leaving your brush super clean. Once your brush is dry it won't smell of vinegar, as vinegar dries without an odour - trust me!
  5. Whether you rinse your brush in water or vinegar, next you need to mould the brush back into shape, and then leave to dry on a flannel.
  6. Viola, naturally clean makeup brushes with very little effort!

homemade makeup brush cleaner

Please note, when using this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe, please don’t leave your brush sitting in water.  You only want your brush to be in the soapy water for as long as it takes to clean your brush: it doesn’t need to steep for any length of time, otherwise it may damage the metal and/or wooden components of your makeup brush, shortening it’s lifespan.

natural makeup brush cleaner recipe

water conservation in the bathroom

How to Promote Water Conservation in Your Bathroom

water conservation in the bathroom

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Most of us are so used to the idea of always having fresh and clean water at hand, that we’ve forgotten how important it is to conserve it, especially now when many areas are struggling with droughts.  Water conservation is not only crucial for the environment, but, depending on the area in which you live, it can also lower your utility bill, so it’s a win-win situation.  If you too want to hop on a water-saving train, it’s a good idea to start from your bathroom.

Here’s what you can do:  

Bathroom sink

Water comes out of the average tap at almost ten litres per minute.  Don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush your teeth or shave!  Turn off the tap after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.  When shaving you can gather a bit of water in the sink and use it to rinse off your razor.  Also, you don’t need to leave the tap running while you’re scrubbing your hands.  You can turn the tap off after you wet your hands up until you need to rinse. This way you can easily save a few litres of water.

Regularly check your water sources for leaks and drips.  Small tap leaks can turn into a huge waste of water over time, so make sure to fix them as soon as you hear any dripping sounds.  Another thing you can do is install aerators on your taps that reduce water waste by limiting the water flow.


Showers and baths usually take up the most of our home’s water consumption, so you should concentrate on these parts of the bathroom the most.  One of the easiest things you can do is simply limit your shower time.  You can install a clock in the bathroom or play a song that lasts about 5 minutes and get out when the song’s over.  Another great thing you can do is collect water in the bucket while you’re fixing your water.  Later use that water to water plants or flush the toilet.  There are also great low-flow showerheads you can invest in.  They are designed to pressurise your water flow and create a spray that feels like a regular shower while saving you hundreds of pounds a year.


Showers should, of course, be your number one choice, but if you just enjoy your baths too much to renounce them, there are ways to conserve water in the bath too.  For instance, you don’t have to fill up your tub completely.  Instead, fill the tub only halfway to avoid water spilling over.  It’s also important to regularly check your tub for leaks and cracks.  If your bathtub is old, shabby and has some cracks, you should start browsing new bathtubs and save yourself plenty of time and money in the future.


One of the most efficient ways to save water in the bathroom is low-flow toilets.  These modern water-saving toilets can save you as much as 60,000 litres of water a year.  Also, your toilet’s not a rubbish bin, so don’t flush different things down the toilet.  You’re not only using up water on unnecessary flushing, but you’re also risking major plumbing problems.


Washing machines use up a lot of water, so it’s best to use them sparingly.  Turn them on only when you have a full load, or use a special program for half-loads that uses less water.  You can also wash some less dirty and delicate clothing items by hand and further conserve water.

Changing just some of our habits when it comes to water use, and investing in some low-flow fixtures, can save a lot of water, which is a win-win for the environment.