When it comes to cleaning my make-up brushes, it’s something I kind of obsess with! After each application of make-up using my brushes I spritz them with my Elf Daily Brush Cleanser and wipe away any residue with some tissue. I also clean them once a week quickly yet thoroughly which is what this blog post is all about – along side this I do one thorough deep cleanse of all brushes once a month!

When I do my monthly cleanse I use products designed for brush cleaning however once a week, to keep bacteria away I like to clean them quickly and easily!

Now, the product I use to clean them weekly is nothing fancy nor expensive, nothing but a 79p Anti-Bacterial hand wash from Aldi and warm water from your tap!


(This hand wash is available from Aldi for 79p and there are different scents to choose from! This one is personal favourite as its not too over powering!)

I have been using this as a weekly brush cleanser for a good year now, it lasts around 5-6 months as a little goes a long way! Here is step by step on how I use this to clean them!

Step 1 – Wet one hand with warm water and apply one pump of the hand wash to the palm of your hand

Step 2 – Take the desired brush you want to clean, dampen the bristles, again with warm water and in massage the brush into the hand wash in the palm of your hands in circular motions

Step 3 – You will see a foamy lather start to produce and how quickly the residue make up on your brushes comes off!

Step 4 – After you see most of the residue removed from your brush, thoroughly rinse with warm water until clean!

Step 5 – Allow the brushes to air dry, I simply lay them flat on a towel to dry over night!

This method is so simple yet effective, I have seen people use bars of soap, baby shampoo and many other techniques which, I admit, I have tried them all but this has been the most effective one yet! It leaves your bristles clean, smelling nice and also free of bacteria!

It doesn’t harden your bristles which I found using a bar of soap did and it certainly doesn’t weaken the bristles!

So there you go, 79p and it works wonders! I will be posting next month my thorough monthly brush cleanse routine for you all to read!

How do you clean your brushes? Whether its when your in a rush or when you do a deep cleanse,  I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading,

Rachel, xo

  • I use baby oil to clean my brushes with but I’m definitely going to try your way. Cheap and sounds like it does the trick without ruining the bristles. Xxx

  • It is really refreshing to see a blog posting about a cheap and simple way to clean make-up brushes, rather than flogging an expensive product that does the exact same job! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! I’ll be trying out your technique with some hand wash of my own when I next clean my brushes.

    Abbey 🌷

  • I’ve never actually cleaned my brushes, I usually just get new ones haha but this is definitely a cheaper way around that 🙂

  • I never understand why people don’t use cheaper products to clean their brushes! I use baby shampoo and it smells beaut! Great tips once again 🙂

    Sian x

  • Debra-Bow

    I use shampoo or baby shampoo to clean my brushes! Really good post actually, so informative in the most simple, non-brain-frazzling way!!
    Great post as always, love Deb x

  • That’s amazing, I was using Mac Brush Cleaner and then I used soap and the difference was amazing!!! Can’t believe I spent so much money!!! 79p is a bargain!!!

  • 79p for an awesome brush cleaner?? Yes please!!

  • I normally use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes and beauty blender but then I decided to see how hand wash worked when I ran out of my usual baby shampoo – it was so much better at cleaning, that I stick to that now! Great post and love the photo 🙂

  • I always dread cleaning my brushes, but I’m definitely gonna try this! Can’t really go wrong for 79p! Thanks for sharing!

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

  • I love a good high end product as much as the next girl but it’s so nice to see a cheap and cheerful product doing just as good a job 👌🏼 Lovely post and photo! I need to get a proper camera so I can up my photo game, yours and Bow’s are always on point!

    Lots of love

    Izzy |

  • I use baby shampoo for cleaning my brushes but I like how easy the soap is too!

  • I need to be a good girl and clean my make up brushes, I will definitely be getting that hand wash on my next trip to aldi! xxx