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Thursday, August 7, 2014

DIY | Gentle Brush Cleaner

Happy Friday lovelies! 

This week's DIY craft is a gentle natural brush cleaner, which will definitely come in handy and help to keep your face bacteria free! As tedious as it can be to spend hours cleaning your brushes, it's imperative to do so. Bacteria accumulates on all brushes, and the longer you go without washing your brushes the higher at risk you put your face for unwanted toxins. I've never been one to buy store brand brush cleaners as I always prefer to use gentle baby shampoo, however if you prefer to use a brand name brush cleaner, feel free to do so! 

I've sourced this particular article from the thebeautydepartment.com 
I've been a long time fan of The Beauty Department, and their blog for various reasons. They feature various different beauty articles, as well hair and make up tips! Be sure to pass by their blog to check out all they have to offer! 

GENTLE D.I.Y. Baby Shampoo Brush Cleaner:

    1. Pour a tablespoon of any baby or organic shampoo into a small bowl then add warm water from your faucet so it gets nice and bubbly. One at a time, dip your used brushes into the solution, gently swirling them across the bottom of the bowl to release the product. Keep the brushes in the water as you add each new one.
    2. After washing, let the brushes have a quick soak for 5-10 seconds, no more and no less.
    3. One by one, hold each brush under cold water to rinse any remaining product and seal the hairs.
    4. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.


You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station in two steps!

    1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel or a dinner napkin like used above. Fold it in half three times, to make it smaller and to create a “crease,” then unfold it once. Where your crease was, slide anything cylinder shaped under it to create the base of your see-saw. I used a big powder brush that was dry and not washed this round but a round magic marker works great too.
    2. Balance each brush across the crease so that the brush head is pointing down, but not touching the napkin. It’s much easier to balance than it sounds! Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home! 

click here for the full article on The Beauty Department!