Brush Cleaning – Made Simple

Brush Cleaning Tool

It’s the worst day of the week isn’t it. The dreaded brush cleaning day.

I’ve tried just about every method, hint, product and tip I can get my hands on to make this chore easier and I have found my favourite way to battle through.

Many brands have something similar at a much higher cost like the £20 Sigma offerings or the dinky handheld ones for £5 but I use a 99p texturised silicone oven mit. Sounds mad but hear me out.

When you have dense, thickly packed foundation brushes laden with full coverage product, it takes forever to remove. Not with an oven mit! When wet, you can swirl the dense fibres of the brush over the textured parts to really cut in to the make up gunk and remove it.

To start with, I apply a small amount of waterproof eye make up remover to the brush head to cut through the product and start to break it down. Swirl rapidly on the mit and you can see the make up gloop coming off. With the mit being so big you can whizz through this bit.

Next, I apply my brush cleaner of choice. This changes regularly but now you have got the bulk of the excess make up off the bristles, the brush cleaner can do it’s thing and clean the fibre. I keep going until the water runs clear when rinsing.

You can use the mit left handed or right or flat on a surface and it really cuts down the time you need to get through those foundation, concealer and blush brushes.



  1. 26th October 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Awesome idea – never thought of that before! What make up brush cleaner do you use? I’m a fan of just soap but wonder whether it’s good enough to kill bacteria.
    💙 JH

    • Katie
      28th October 2015 / 7:55 pm


      To be honest I chop and change but the Crown Brush one is pretty good and it’s much cheaper than MAC. I have a discount code for their site if you want to check it out.

      Dr Bronners soap is a good alternative too, you can often pick up huge bottles in TK Maxx

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