Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring Cleaning - Brushes



Alright, ladies, it's springtime, so time to get to cleaning. But not this:
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Let your hubby do it (I did!). No, I'm talking about your makeup brushes. Go ahead, look at them.  Pretty gross, huh? HowToCleanStuff.net says:
 
Makeup brushes can become coated not only with makeup residue, but also with body oils and dead skin, making them havens for bacteria that will decrease the life of your brush, negatively affect the proper application of makeup and can also cause skin problems and possible infection. It is recommended that you clean your makeup brushes after each use and that you give them a thorough cleaning at least once a week.
  
Eww..gross.  And uh, no. I don't think I have the time to clean after every use. However, I think twice a month will be much better than what I have been doing, which is never.

Here's what you need:
  • your dirty brushes
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • small amount of dish soap
  • clean towel
Place a small amount of dish soap in a bowl.
Pour in the water and vinegar.
Dip your brush in the solution and swirl it around. You can also use your fingers to really get it clean if you have waited as long I have to do this.
See how much dirt had accumulated? Yuck!
Run the brush under running water to get out all the soap. Wipe the brush on the towel until it's only damp to the touch.  
Repeat with all you other brushes. Look what you are left with. Nasty!
Lay your brushes out to dry overnight. Mine took about 15 hours to dry. If you do this in the morning, it will be ready by the next morning with no dampness. The vinegar smell is very faint and disappears within a few days.  
Alright, your turn.  Get to cleaning!


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