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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaners With Household Products | Beauty DIY | Beauty How To

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Are you giving your makeup brushes enough love? Read: do you clean them once a week? Well, you should be. Not only does giving them a regular wash keep them intact, but it also helps to prevent breakouts. But if you don’t want to run out and buy a fancy cleanser, then all you have to do is look in your kitchen or bathroom for the solution. Your bar of soap, olive oil, and dishwashing detergent will help to sanitize your brushes in less than two minutes. Watch now to find out all of your at-home cleaning options and learn a way to make your own cleaning liquid.

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188 thoughts on “DIY Makeup Brush Cleaners With Household Products | Beauty DIY | Beauty How To

  1. This guy is using make-up or something?

  2. If youโ€™re using the soap bar method make sure to use an unscented moisturizing one so you donโ€™t end up having a brittle brush that gives you a skin reaction! My eyes are already sensitive to certain eyeshadow formulas but they got itchy after using the brushes I cleaned with one of my spare soap bars because there was a light scent to it and I risked it anyway.(scented beauty products are horrible for the face anyway)

  3. is it suppost 2 b equal parts of shampoo & oil

  4. She uses too much olive oil. I did that once and it broke up the glue that held the bristles together.

  5. This video was a lifesaver! THANK YOU!!!

  6. I would like to ask if any brand of soap is fine used to clean my brushes?

  7. I’m a Make Up artist and I using this cleaner
    Highly recommended

  8. Hey Kirbie

  9. 2019

  10. I just use baby shampoo to clean mines.

  11. What shampoo should I use

  12. The man did a bad job in cleaning those brushes

  13. I got some pretty awesome brushes off of wish and i want to keep them in the best condition possible. The dawn dish soap works

  14. I use the conditioner and coconut oil or olive oil treatments for all of all my beauty products and they have been working wonders for us.

  15. OMG I just tried the olive oil and shampoo cleaner and I think it is the BEST brush cleaner I ever used. I added makeup remover to it too. Tysm!!!

  16. fuck you dude. I have prom tomorrow and my makeup brushes are greasy af.

  17. Used cocnut oil and washing liquid

  18. There are a few factors in speeding up Macs. One resource I discovered that successfully combines these is the Mels Speed Method (check it out on google) without a doubt the no.1 treatment that I have ever heard of.look at the amazing information .

  19. Could you use a hairdryer on cool to dry ur brushes if you donโ€™t feel like waiting overnight?

  20. can we use coconut oil or mustard oil in the place of olive oil

  21. I do beauty videos to sub to me

  22. What polish is on your Nail Kirbie? Please, it’s Beautiful!

  23. I clean my brushes

  24. Bowl shape, easy to clean my brush. Great for lazy makeup lovers like me.12 holes of different sizes on the edge of the bowl mouth, to insert for drying after cleaning finished.

  25. Can you use any oil?

  26. Never dip your brush in olive oil. Use only a little amount of olive oil.

  27. When you use this method, does it not make the brush smell funky? I just feel like using water and soap would not be enough

  28. Also make sure you guys dry your brushes bristles down. Otherwise, the remaining water in your brush will run down into your barrel and loosen the bristles

  29. Can you use any oil? Like vegetable oil, canola oil ๐Ÿ˜Š

  30. Does the olive oil leave a smell

  31. Some hacks for DIY washing of Brushes were seen at thegippigirl as well. #thegippigirl

  32. Does he remind anyone else of Ryland Adams?

  33. Fill up a tea cup with tide snuggle and baking soda
    Dip you brushes and let it sit for an hour …. rinse it and thank me later

  34. awesome

  35. i saw a video where you could use coconut oil but instead of that could we use coco butter or no ?

  36. I found out someone share the brush on here before
    I decided to try it and so glad! It feel so gentle and have a great result for my makeup. Totally in LOVE

  37. 3 ore per due pennelli ma vaffanculo va’

  38. I love this video. May I use it for my show? I will credit you and add your link on our social media so my viewers can subscribe and follow?

    1. ohk thanks

    2. Lebo Diamond illegal!

  39. just wondering if you were trying to compliment that pink shirt with it too?

  40. Dude …. do you have eyeshadow and lipstick on?ย  Is why you’re so super excited about this how to?

  41. I like to use a soft brush to applying my make up. I purchase my brush from here

    This is the ideal brush for me !! It incredibly awesome and feel great on my skin, I have actually been using this brush set like daily. It also feature a pretty eyeshadow sample. LOVE!

    1. Oh yea, I found others saying about nyx free gift in remark do not trust on em. It was fake and waste your time.

  42. I clean my beauty blender with a mix of olive oil and dish soap. Looks like new after

  43. can i use olive oil and honey? I know it sounds dumb but i made a hair mask a while back and have no use for it now lol.. will it damage my brushes?

  44. Look at the package! Dove is NOT soap! It’s full of unhealthy chemicals!

  45. wow

  46. My brushes are all oily now!!!!! And I hate it!! Please if you’re reading this DO NOT USE OLIVE OIL TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES

    1. Gia Rosario works 4 me

    2. Gia Rosario you probably used the wrong oil or too much because on mine and many more ladies it works fab and it leaves them super smooth!!! the oil is just used as conditioner too leave the brush soft THATS ALL!!!!

    3. Gia Rosario Ye like don’t my bobbie brown lip and liner brushes ARE RUIEND I MEAN THEY ARE EXPENSIVE

  47. You know This is Sponsored when she sat Head and Sholders

    1. no…. not really……

  48. Take out the soap from water, it’s getting wasted

  49. I don’t think anyone will want detergent residues in their brushes that will be used on your face

    1. GuNHuS8 thats why you …nevermind ! people, why watch this video if ur going to ask a question thats answered on the video….geeez!

  50. Wow, look what the FDA released today:

  51. You are another victim of marketing. Every other brush cleaning video I’ve watched specifies the use of antimicrobial soaps or detergents. Guess what? The concentrations of antimicrobial ingredients in commercial products are too low to destroy bacteria or viruses. By the time they have any affect, it is only to slow bacterial growth, you know, while they’re being rinsed down your drain. BTW, tap water isn’t sterile either, nor is it required by law. Your goal is simply to remove the make-up filth that is a breeding ground for bugs, and then to dry your brushes thoroughly to discourage microbial proliferation.

    Marketing wants us think that we should do our part in a War on Bacteria, killing them wherever and however we can!! Don’t be fooled. Stop using antimicrobial products unless instructed by a doctor (not an advertiser) for a specific health concern. What doesn’t kill bacteria does indeed make them stronger. Bacterial resistance is a real and growing concern. In summary: cleaning brushes with detergents to remove soils: GOOD, but choosing products for their antimicrobial ingredients for non-medical purposes: BAD.

    1. I use coconut oil instead of olive oil and I use rubbing alcohol as a quick dip and swirl at the end it does a good job. Also, unfortunately people want to see results which is exactly what the shampoo an oil does.. Just be sure to use a little alcohol to disinfect the brushes or use a sterilizer

    2. you’re so right. and using olive oil on your brushes is a huge NO too! olive oil will ruin the brush and it will never wash out. it will mix with your makeup then when you try to use the brush and make your makeup look funky.

    3. So what the heck do you suggest? Are you a problem maker or a problem solution?


  53. He reminds me a teeny bit of Shane dawson๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™‰

  54. Product not porduct

  55. PORDUCTS!! (Look at the title)

  56. seems most common way to clean them!!

  57. where else can we watch or read more of Kirbie Johnson ‘ s work ?

    1. jellybeanz u

  58. How often do I wash them

  59. Can u use coconut oil???

  60. this has a TV show feel

    1. Varietygirl1 ikr

  61. Very helpful cause I was thinking I’d have to purchase some type of makeup brush cleaner.

  62. I’m using soap bar for cleaning my brush

  63. The best way to clean your brush if you’re on a budget is to mix shampoo, olive oil, and a tiny bit of anti bacterial hand soap in a bowl and use a rubber oven mitt. Dip your brush into the bowl and run it under the cool water and then swirl it over the oven mitt. And don’t put too much olive oil like they did, it can harm the brush

    1. I used the olive oil and my bristles where so hard and just horrible and they was like $50

  64. Who else cringed when he was dipping the brush into the dirty water?

    1. Do you prepare a clean bowl of water for EACH one of your brushes? No you don’t.

    2. omg yasssss๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  65. ุฑูˆุนู‡

  66. Does anyone know what makeup brushes those are?? They are gorgeous!!

    1. They look like Morphe

  67. Can I use a blow torch? Really wanna kill all the bacteria.

    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. A. LMAOOO

    3. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    4. haha!

    5. +Varietygirl1 ….it was a joke.

  68. He looks like a young Ryan Seacrest

  69. “Porducts” ๐Ÿ˜‚

  70. Thank you so much! I know this is an old video but I didn’t want to splash out on brush cleaner and I hadn’t cleaned my brushes in like a year… yikes!

  71. can you use conditioner instead of olive oil or cocnut oil too

  72. could you use coconut oil instead of olive oil

    1. Williecya Wilson yes!

    2. yes

  73. Interesting channel! Good luck in the works!

  74. I mix fairy (liquid soap) with oil. That really cleans and gets rid of bacteria as well as conditions the brushes!!

  75. One good, efficient way! Thanks for Your time as it helped me going forward ๐Ÿ’‹

  76. Does it have to be olive oil?

    1. +Watch Queen can you use like canola oil and like any type of oil?

    2. +Watch Queen thank God!

  77. I do not recomend using dawn because if you have multie colored brushes it will strip the color i recomend using baby shampoo or natuaul oils

  78. Did it bother anyone else when she didn’t get all the shampoo out of the bowl? #ocdfreek

    1. Yes

    2. Yesssssss

    3. Yes I wanted her to grab the rest of it! Lbvs

    4. yea lol

    5. Yes

  79. I use the bar soap method


    1. Yeah that spelling error is really bugging me….and is also hilarious haha

  81. love this trick.. shampoo and olive oil are great..

  82. These are awesome tips! Thank you!

  83. Would this be okay with art brushes?

    1. +Ga8rielle I believe so! Although, with the horror stories I’m hearing about oil, I say proceed with caution as that might stay on the brush in excess and interfere with the paint. Beyond that, I don’t see why not ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. just use antibacterial soap and a couple drop of extra virgin olive oil.

  85. I have Dove soap on hand but no one commented on how it works!!

  86. Dawn dish soap and vinegar!

  87. I tried it with olive oil and shampoo the other day and it really works!!! I do it at home & I don’t need to buy expensive makeupย cleanserย 

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. i know i’m late but what do you do to get rid of the oil on the brush?

    2. Lupita Lara how long can I store the shampoo and olive oil mixture for?

    3. I’ve been researching into how to be a makeup pro and found a great resource at Bloom Blueprint Crusher (google it if you’re interested)

    4. Miss Lara thank you

    5. Essential oils works best for me – instead of the EVO – I use just a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils… The eucalyptus oil is for it’s cleaning properties, the tea tree oil is for it’s disinfectant / sanitizing properties, and the lavender oil is for its conditioning properties. Those combined with the dish soap, water and splash of alcohol – my brushes come out as good as new! Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. I think most of you guys should watch a video that +alexandragirlytalk made and it was about cleaning brushes…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope this has helped you..;)

  89. You should try using Ivory soap. It has the same exact ingredients, its a bigger product and its much cheaper. I have used them both and Ivory does a great job! Believe me I will not spent so much on such a tiny soap again! Follow my account on Instagram: @makeupbybrendalise

  90. Helped a lot omg thanks

  91. Ok first of all, too much olive oil, second of all that liquid soap will dry your brush, make sure to use only a little olive oil if you don’t want to dry it. And third of all never use hot water because it will loosen up the glue holding your brisals.

  92. I loved the shampoo and olive oil, because after washing my brush wit the shampoo it smells soooooo good and also it cleans soooo well and it is antibacterial, and I love the oil becuz it make my brushes soooooo soft (like a comfy blanket)!!! I love and it’s last me 7 months becuz I don’t put make up on a lot sooooo yeh haha only (on like special events). But everyone should try it I love it.

    Equal part of shampoo and equal part oil, (MAKE SURE ITS EQUAL) u can put as much or less.

  93. These all work, but the shampoo one mixed with olive oil works MUCH better with beauty blender sponges. It took a rather dirty beauty blender and made it good as new. This however made my brushes really sticky so try with caution.

  94. The olive oil thing didn’t work for me. It stayed on my brushes ’til I got tired of trying to get it off. I just stuck to baby shampoo. Worked better.

  95. I used the oil method and it ruined my brushes! ๐Ÿ™ I rinsed it off properly and spent so much time trying to make sure all the oil and soap came out but the oil wouldn’t rinse out no matter how many times I tried. Even after 2 days my brushes still hadn’t dried fully and we’re greasy from the oil so I tried to rinse it using just soap and just water but it still wouldn’t budge!

  96. it says porducts

    1. Oh yah

  97. I tried the olive oil and dish soap method and the olive oil just stuck to the brush and doesn’t come off. Yes it could condition you brush but when your brush had oil in it it won’t pick your makeup products well. I used to use baby shampoo and yes it’s gentle enough but it doesn’t clean well also you have to use a lot of it. So now I just use face wash that I don’t username my face to wash brushes. We all like trying new things but sometimes they don’t work out for our skins. Don’t waste that face wash, shampoo or bar soap that you dislike, they wash away makeup on your brushes just fine. They are designed to wash away oil and dirt, that’s exactly what’s on your brushes!

  98. What kind of shampoo would be best?

  99. I tried the olive oil and dish soap method, the exact brand and everything that was suggested by Michelle Phan and I must say… I HATE it! Indeed it gets the dirty stuff out but the oil would not come off! no matter how hard I tried to rinse it or wash it again with just the soap it was hard to get it out and wouldnt dry properly, gross. Olive oils or coconut oils are known to be a good makeup remover for your face, but please dont use it on your brush!ย 

    What I DO suggest is use baby shampoo. It works beautifully and it leaves your brushes nice, clean, soft, and smelling good! Baby shampoo is very gentle and safe for your brush and in my opinion, works the best!ย 

    1. Yeah – I can certainly see how olive oil would give you that problem! I use this exact recipe – but instead of the olive oil – I use just a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils… The eucalyptus oil is for it’s cleaning properties, the tea tree oil is for it’s disinfectant / sanitizing properties, and the lavender oil is for its conditioning properties. Those combined with the dish soap, water and splash of alcohol – my brushes come out as good as new! Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Paw patrol

    3. Using the olive oil and soap thanks to Michelle Phan works for me. Maybe you used too much oil I can’t imagine it not coming out but if you just use soap it strips away the brushe(s) life use. Using the oil conditions the brush. Again maybe you used too much or the oil you used was too thick

    4. +nn104 I have used oil with my DIY cleanser, and it works pretty well for me. Leaves the brushes super soft. However, it really depends on how much oil you use, you only need a tiny bit.

    5. thanks!

  100. Michelle phan

  101. Can you use vegetable oil? And can you use conditioner?

  102. dont forget to leave them to dry upside down so no water leaks into the barrel, i learned this the hard way! haha

  103. mixing a sulfate free shampoo and olive oil like she showed worked wonderfully for me

  104. Coconut oil

  105. Porducts๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  106. Omg he’s so cute w his comments. So supportive. Love him.

    1. Carolina Platas ha ha. I was thinking the same things! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    2. I agree

    3. I kinda see Jimmy Fallon on him.

  107. Would any of these cleaners work for makeup sponges? Because -long story short- I bought new ones I haven’t even used them and they got dirt because
    (I don’t know how!!) they were in my jewelry box and I somehow forgot about them ๐Ÿ˜ณ. Any tips for cleaning them?

  108. What’s a porduct?? I know what a product is, but what’s a porduct? lol

  109. Thanks sooooo much!!! Mum needed this

  110. Can you use any shampoo?

    1. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. you can johnsons baby shampoo as its soft and doesnt have a lot of chemicals

    3. @Molly Carolynย Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. thank you this is very helpful xx

    5. My makeup artist told me yes but pref one from a salon that is silicone free and a min amout of sulfate as possible.ย 

  111. is it extra virgin olive oil or just olive oil

  112. In the diy brush cleaner

  113. Can you also use conditioner?

  114. I don’t recommend using olive oil or dish washing liquid because it dries out your brush’s and ruins them. I personally love johnsans baby shampoo! Hope it helped!

  115. Thank you this helped a lot I’m 13 and starting to get into makeup and needed a great way to clean my brushes!

  116. I used water and Dial Soap to clean mine and it worked really well ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. thanks again!!

  118. Yes, agreed! Mine had an oily film on them too…I bet it was the olive oil. ๐Ÿ™

  119. Great question. You can use olive oil or dishwashing detergent OR shampoo. We have a video on exactly how to clean it too on our channel, so search for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. please bring out an tutorial on kirbies hairstyle in that video! i love it

  121. Loving the tan & hairstyle Kirbie. Great for summer.

  122. Fabulous how about the beauty blender, how can I clean this?

  123. I noticed after using olive oil with soap that even after rinsing really well with water and after they dried the brushes were left with an oily film. Is there anything I can do to help with that?

  124. aw yay!!! Lots of love to Mexico! x

  125. I wonder if you can use vegetable or canola oil instead of olive oil.

  126. I went on vacay… what can I say! Wear your sunscreen though!

  127. I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Dr. Bronner’s left my my brushes feeling rough and gave the bristles an odd squeaky feel like there was some residue left behind.

  128. That was REALLY helpful Kirbie and Matthew! <3

  129. I use antibacterial dish soap, & olive oil then I condition them with deep conditioner! Works great!!

  130. Kirbie you’re looking nice and tanned !! Lovely

  131. Make sure it dries so that water doesn’t run down into the handle from the bristles. I like to lay mine on a partially rolled up towel, bristles down, handles on the rolled part.

  132. I always use olive oil and baby shampoo mixture! Works amazing!

  133. Great tips! My favorite method is a mix of dawn antibacterial dishwashing liquid and a couple of drops of olive oil. Disinfects and keeps my brushes soft!

  134. First . Cool video

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