Well my internet is finally fixed and it’s time to get back to business. And as I mentioned in my brush cleaning post, I’m not a fan of cleaning my brushes. Well I only have so many brushes and I hate when they mix colours and look mucky on my eyes. I came across a DIY daily brush cleaner a while ago here and I finally decided to give it a go.
Needless to say I’m in love; It’s so easy to make, so inexpensive and it also leaves your brushes clean between washes (and smelling minty fresh!)
The best thing about this DIY is you probably have everything at home, and if not you are able to pick it up for cheap at a pharmacy or the dollar store.
What you will need:
- A little Spray bottle (I got a 2 pack for $1.25 from the Dollar Tree)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Distilled water
- Fragrance oil (any scent, optional)
- A funnel (I didn’t have one tho)
So first things first you are going to want to make sure you have everything at home, and if not you will need a quick trip to Walmart, your local pharmacy or the dollar store.
The first step in this is to add the alcohol to the bottle. You can use a funnel for this but I didn’t have one so it’s not 100% necessary. You will want to dilute the alcohol about 70/30 (the higher being the alcohol).
The next step is to add the distilled water. You will want to full it up, but still leave a little bit of room to add your fragrance oil. For this I happened to have a few bottles of “baby water” which I use for Bentley’s bottles, so I just used that.
The last and in my opinion the most fun step is to chose your fragrance oil. You’re going to want to use one that is safe for the skin, so my recommendation is essential oils. I chose to use peppermint because who doesn’t love the smell of candy canes? You can choose any oil you want or happen to have around. This step is optional but it does help to get rid of the alcohol smell and certain oils have amazing properties. For instance tea tree oil or stress relieving eucalyptus.
As you can see this takes about 5 minutes to make, and it works so well. Take a look at my lovely yellow eyeshadow on my brush. A few spritz of the spray and a little wiping on a dry baby wipe and it’s perfectly clean. And unlike using soap and water the alcohol evaporates quickly leaving your brushes dry in minutes. Also the alcohol in the spray will kill any bacteria on your brushes. Also the fragrance oil (while optional) does a great job at conditioning your brushes too!
So while Sephora sells a daily brush cleaner for roughly $20 a bottle, save yourself some money and make your own for next to nothing.
Until next time …