Cleaning Makeup Brushes with Dr. Bronner’s

Oh how I love a good timesaving trick! Cleaning your makeup brushes with Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is exactly that.

Cleaning my brushes is one of those things that often falls to the bottom of my “to do” list. The only time I remember it is right when I’m putting on my makeup. Which is usually as I’m flying out the door. Which is when I don’t have time to wash the brushes.

However, if I do possibly have one more smidgen of time, the Pure-Castile Soap saves me from a wild goose chase through my cabinet trying to locate some special brush cleaning solution that I haven’t seen in far too long. Instead, I always have a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile or three sitting next to my sink.

The Pure-Castile really is powerful enough to cut through dried liquid foundation crud, but still gentle enough not to cause the bristles to fall out. Clean brushes work so much better and give peace of mind that I’m not layering my face with unknown bacteria.

And it gives a lovely thrill of satisfaction that I’ve cleaned something well, taken good care of my stuff, and not spent any extra money. And that’s what GIY (Green-It-Yourself) is all about.

Note: you probably want to use something other than our Peppermint scent for this purpose, as the menthol and peppermint oil could irritate your eyes if you use the brushes to apply eye shadow.

Here is the video:

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Lisa Bronner

Lisa Bronner is a prolific writer, consumer advocate, and speaker on health and green lifestyle issues. She is author of the blog, “Going Green with a Bronner Mom,” and granddaughter of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, founder of Dr. Bronner’s.

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  • TYoung

    Hello…can I use the rose soap or the tree tee oil soap to clean the brushes? Those are the only ones I ever buy. OR do I need to buy a different one and if so, which? thanks!!

    • Yes, either of those soaps would work fine for cleaning brushes. Between the two I would recommend tea tree soap as the tea tree has additional antimicrobial properties, but the rose should not be a problem.

      • TYoung

        Thank you! 😊

  • Margarita Cramer

    Muchas gracias Lisa! Just finished washing my four brushes. I was cleaning them (or so I thought) with a different organic soap and what a difference with Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Castile soap. They were so dirty it took a few washes. It was a nice mindful cleaning exercise. How often do you recommend cleaning them?

  • ysamar cabreja

    I recently cleaned my brushes with Bronner’s peppermint scent and after they were dried and ready to use my eyeshadow brushes started to burn my eyelids a little bit and once i removed my eye makeup directly after trying out some new shadows my eye lids were bright prink/red. Maybe the peppermint scent is too strong fro eyeshadow brushes? I am not sure what happened but I am now scared to use it for my brushes.

    • Oh no, that sounds unpleasant! You bring up a very good point, and I definitely think that it’s the peppermint that is causing the irritation rather than the soap itself. The peppermint in our soap is very strong and could cause irritation to sensitive areas around the nose, skin and eyes. I will edit the post to indicate that peppermint may not be the best choice for this purpose.

  • Valerie

    Hi there, Maybe the almond Dr. Bronner’s might be best? Any suggestions on which one’s to use specifically that could be conditioning or too harsh? Granted, thanks for the peppermint advice. Definitely too harsh for near the face, which we do with brushes. Thanks for the post!