How to clean a beauty blender

Cleaning makeup brushes is one thing most women despise, but it’s a necessary evil if you want flawless makeup and spot-free skin.

Thankfully it’s become easier to wash our brushes thanks to the genius invention of cleaning mitts and Brush shampoo.

But when it comes to deep cleaning a BeautyBlender, things can be a little more difficult.

Deep clean a BeautyBlenderPic: BeautyBlender

Unlike brushes, it can be a lot harder to tell when your BeautyBlender is actually clean, with many people avoiding the whole process because they just don’t know how to give it a thorough cleansing. 

Now granted, BeautyBlender has their own Blender Cleanser available to buy, which would make sure your sponges are in tip top shape. 

But if you’re looking for a cheap DIY trick, Reddit user Vanyamuina has the answer – Olive Oil.

Deep clean a BeautyBlenderBeautyblender cleanser solution, around 13.55 online

Olive oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means that not only will your makeup brushes look squeaky clean, but they’ll also be free of any lurking bacteria.

The Reddit user recommends using equal measures of olive oil, soap, and water to create a DIY BeautyBlender cleanser. 

If your skin is sensitive, we recommend swapping out the regular soap for baby shampoo which is gentler on the skin (just in case residue causes skin irritation).

deep clean a BeautyBlenderYou can deep Clean A BeautyBlender using olive oil. Pic: BeautyBlender / Instagram

Dip the sponge into the formula and then run it under a hot tap while squeezing all makeup residue out from within.

Squeeze it around three times and then take your regular facial wash and use it to remove all traces of oil from the sponge.

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After washing, it’s really important to dry your sponge thoroughly, or you could end up with something much worse than bacteria lurking withing the pores – mould. 

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Steps to Cleaning your Beautyblender:

1. Dampen the sponge slightly. You don’t want it soaking, but you do want it moist enough to take in the soap.

2. Dab a dime-sized amount of Blendercleanser or solution onto the stained areas.

3. Massage the soap into the areas, pressing and kneading it well. Use your fingertips to really work it in there.

4. Add water and start to rinse. Squeeze the sponge rapidly and work the stains out. Keep going until the water runs clear with no suds. In my experience, this takes a long time, and with dish soap or a sudsy shampoo this will take even longer.

5. Gently roll the Beautyblender in a clean towel to remove moisture, then lay it flat to dry. (If you kept the pedestal it came with, you can set it there to dry.) That’s it!

What are your Beautyblender cleaning tips?


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