How I Clean & Store My Makeup Brushes

Today I have a very basic post for you guys. I’ve realized that I never really talk about my makeup brushes even though I use them every time I put on my makeup. I’ll try to do some reviews soon and show you my favorite ones, but until then, I’m leaving you with this post, in which I’ll show you how I usually clean and store them. 

Let’s first start with cleaning, shall we? The product that I use for cleaning them is not one of those fancy schmancy brush cleansers. I use Johnson’s baby shampoo. Yup, you’ve read that correctly. It is inexpesive and does its job, so I think there is no need for me to buy any special brush cleansers.

What I do is just put some of the shampoo in the palm of my hand, wet the brush that needs to be washed under a tap, and then swirl around with it in the shampoo until all the dirt gets out. I sometimes have to add more shampoo and water if the brushes have a lot of product in them. After I’m done with shampooing, I rinse the brush, wipe its handle with a towel and place it on another towel that I have on the floor. I repeat the same steps for every brush and then leave them all on the towel overnight for them to get dry.

Now on to the storage. When I first got my brushes, I kept them in pouches that came along with them, but after a while, the pouches started to get on my nerves. They’re great for travelling, but when you do your every day makeup at home, taking them out and putting them back in all the time can be a bit time consuming. Because of that, I decided to get two glass vases and filled them with some decorative pebbles/crystals. Now my brush storage isn’t only functional but also looks pretty! How do you wash and store your brushes?


  1. Alisha
    February 23, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    Love this post 🙂 x

  2. Andrea Marie
    February 23, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    I need to try this! Great post love!- Andrea Marie xx

  3. Lollistick
    February 24, 2013 / 12:26 am

    tudi jaz sem ravno danes fotkala za podoben post (jih pa perem malo drugače :))

  4. Ask Erena
    February 24, 2013 / 1:04 am

    I love your tips and your brushes look like a dream! Love makeup reviews. Let's follow each other? I would love you to visit my blog:-)

  5. Elle Sees
    February 24, 2013 / 3:25 am

    i do the same! i use alcohol for spot cleaning, but rarely

  6. dawndugong
    February 24, 2013 / 6:34 am

    I use baby shampoo as well, or sometimes just body wash liquid!x

  7. pumpkin*
    February 24, 2013 / 9:35 am

    jaz jih čistim popolnoma enako, le da ponavadi uporabim tekoče milo za roke 🙂

  8. Beth Bradley
    February 24, 2013 / 10:38 am

    Great post Sandra, I use things like shampoo too but I hate cleaning my brushes, it's such a laborious task but it's gotta be done!X

    • Sandra
      February 24, 2013 / 12:17 pm

      It's not one of my favorite tasks either. I wish someone would wash them instead of me. 😀

  9. Megan
    February 24, 2013 / 10:58 am

    great post, do you find you get the little decorative crystals everywhere? I know I would xA Scholar Life

    • Sandra
      February 24, 2013 / 12:23 pm

      Totally! When I filled the whole vase with them I had them all over the place, but then I took some out so that the vase is only half full, and now I have no problems.

  10. Sabinchi
    February 24, 2013 / 11:23 am

    Jst mam tut tale sampon za ciscenje copicev and it really does its job 🙂

  11. sleepandwater
    February 24, 2013 / 11:34 am

    I use Johnson's baby shampoo as well! It's cheap and does the job 🙂 Plus if it can be used on babies, it can be used on my precious brushes :p

  12. Pink_Diamond
    February 24, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    o lustno 🙂 paa fuuuul velik jih imaš:) Jaz imam samo 5 ali 6 čopičev 🙂 Drugače pa dobra ideja z vazo in kristalčki 🙂 <3

  13. Taya
    February 24, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Jaz perem svoje čopiče isto kot ti in na isti način jih shranjujem, ker je zelo praktično. 🙂

  14. Gita
    February 24, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Ooo, kakšna lepa kolekcija čopičev <3! Tud jaz za čiščenje uporabljam navaden otroški šampon, pa totalno dobro opravi svoje delo :). Ful maš lep blog + super poste, me veseli da sem te najdla :).Uživaj vikend in sneg! :)xx

    February 24, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Hi, love your blog. I follow you now. Please follow me backThanks and kisses from spain

  16. Adeola Naomi
    February 24, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    I use the same for my weekly cleaning but there is an elf brush cleaner spray I use for cleaning after each use.

  17. Terri Bacon
    February 25, 2013 / 10:45 am

    This post is so helpful! I've been looking for a good post or tutorial on this for a while so thank you! :)) I'm definitely going to try cleaning mine like this more often.Terri xo –

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