How Often Are You Supposed to Clean Your Makeup Brushes and Sponge Blenders? | Empty Whole

How Often Are You Supposed to Clean Your Makeup Brushes and Sponge Blenders?



Ladies, you have to clean your makeup brushes. Do it for your skin and for better makeup application.

You might use your makeup brushes almost daily but how often are we cleaning them?

We don’t know how often you clean yours, but, we know how often you should you be cleaning them.

We’ve tested it out and determined that to maintain the durability and integrity of the hair on the brushes you should be cleaning them every two weeks or so.

It’s important that we take the time to clean our brushes and not just because they get dirty.

A huge part of our beauty routine is caring for our skin, right?

Well, when you let your brushes go too long without cleaning them you aren’t working to prevent bacteria and skin cells from building up on your tools - which will lead to acne and unwanted blemishes forming on your skin!



How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

You may hear some artists or ‘experts’ recommend cleaning your brushes once a week but we don’t recommend that.

We’ve tested different durations and cleaning once a week can really start to wear down your bristles.

We recommend cleaning your brushes every 2-4 weeks (at least once a month).


What should you use to clean your makeup brushes?

To clean your tools use water and a gentle soap (regular soaps can dry out the hair bristles – especially natural hair brushes).

You'll also want to use a cleaning tool to gently and efficiently clean your brushes.


How do you clean the brushes?

To clean the brushes follow these simple steps: 

  1. Wet the bristles with warm water
  2. Add a drop of water with soap or brush cleanser to one of our brush cleaning tools – or add a drop of soap/cleanser to the palm of your hand
  3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in the cleaning tools or softly with your fingers
  4. Gently rinse the hair under water after you’ve cleaned it
  5. When you’re done, let the brushes hang upside down to dry.


Notes about cleaning:

  • The end of brush where the bristles touch your face is called the toe of the brush. The heel of the brush is the base where the hair is connected to the handle ferrule (the piece connecting the bristles to the handle). While washing, be sure to keep the heel/base away from the water/cleansing solution. This will prevent water and chemicals from getting into the heel and causing the glue to lose it’s integrity resulting in bristles coming loose and shedding.
  • Do not dry the brushes standing upwards. Again, this will cause water to leak into the ferrule and cause the hair on your brushes to shed.
  • For a gentle, DIY soap and water cleanser, try mixing baby shampoo (or a similar, gentle soap) with water.


How to clean sponge blenders

Similar to makeup brushes, sponges/blenders can accumulate dead skin cells and bacteria.

To care for your sponge blenders, clean them when you clean your brushes (maybe even once a week) to keep your face clear and avoid contaminating your skin with bacteria and other irritants.

You can clean your sponge blenders with a gentle soap or makeup brush cleanser.

Just apply your cleansing solution, rub the dirt out yourself, and run the blender under warm water.


When should you replace makeup brushes?

When the hair bristles on your makeup brush start to shed, fray, lose their shape, or feel dry and lose their performance ability, you could start looking to replace your brushes.

The brushes you use are your tools and are critical to executing your looks– so we want to make sure you’re tools are performing at a high level and not harming your face.

Definitely clean your makeup brushes, and if they feel like it's time to replace them then be sure to get them replaced.



  • Clean your makeup brushes every 3-4 weeks (try once a month, at least every other month ) to prevent contaminating your face and products with bacteria and dead skin cells.
  • Gently, properly, and carefully clean your brushes when they need to be cleaned.
  • Avoid getting water and cleanser into the ferrule where the hair connects to the handle or hairs may start to shed.
  • Dry your brushes upside down.
  • Clean your sponge blenders as often as you clean your brushes (maybe even more often).
  • Replace your brushes when you can tell they aren’t working as well as they used to.

Do you clean your brushes once a week?

How often do you like to clean your brushes?

Have you noticed bad skin clearing up after you cleaned your makeup brushes?

We hope you learned a lot and enjoyed reading.

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