For those who don’t know – yes, it's true, you really do need to regularly clean your makeup blenders. If you lack the motivation to clean yours, all you need to do is a quick search online for “dirty beauty blenders” to see what unpleasant issues can result from neglecting this simple task.
More than just pretty sponges, beauty blenders or makeup sponges are like magic wands when it comes to makeup application. These egg-shaped applicators are effective in giving your makeup more subtle air-brushed look.
But just like makeup brushes, beauty blenders, and other similar makeup applicators suffer a lot of abuse. Aside from the usual dirt and product buildup, they can soak up sweat and grime with every use, which can lead to bacteria growth.
Using a grungy makeup sponge can lead to breakouts and other skin problems. Why chance it, when you can easily clean it in just a few minutes?
The frequency of cleaning your beauty blender or makeup sponge depends on how often you use it. It should be cleaned at the very least once a week, but if your Beauty blender sees a lot of action, it makes good sense that you’ll need to wash it more often. Wash it 2 or 3 times a week or more if you use it daily. If you use it more than a couple of times a day, then you ought to clean it daily.
With regular cleaning and care, the lifespan of a makeup sponge is about three months if used regularly. You can use any of the four methods below to clean your beauty blender or makeup sponge safely. Here's a video which shows how you can clean a beauty blender by yourself.
- Method 1: Using a Blender Cleanser
- Method 2: Using Dish Soap and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Method 3: Using Liquid Dish Soap
- Method 4: Use a Mild Bar Soap
- Tips for cleaning beauty blender at home
Method 1: Using a Blender Cleanser
From the makers of the original Beauty blender comes the Blendercleanser. It’s available in a liquid version for everyday cleaning and a solid version that is more for spot cleaning. Being specifically formulated to clean the Beauty Blender, the Blendercleanser makes good on its claims.
The Blendercleanser has a light lavender fragrance that doesn’t linger for a nice cleaning experience, which doesn’t interfere with the makeup-friendliness of the sponge. It’s made of a special soy-based formula that claims to extend the life of your beauty blender.
The only downside of using the Blendercleanser is that it’s pricey. But if it fits in your budget, here’s how you can use liquid Blendercleanser to clean your beauty blender.
- Wet the beauty blender with plain water and apply a little Blendercleanser to it.
- Using your fingers, work the cleanser up into a lather and work the surface stains out of the sponge.
- Squeeze the beauty blender to push out the air inside the sponge. This allows it to soak up the sudsy cleaner for deep cleaning.
- Repeat the squeezing several times to work out the inner makeup and grime buildup.
- Rinse out the beauty blender with plain water, often squeezing until the water runs clean and suds-free. You’ll find that the low-suds formula of the Blendercleanser is quite easy to rinse out.
- Use a soft towel to soak up the excess moisture from the beauty blender before letting it air-dry.
Method 2: Using Dish Soap and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
As an alternative, a combination of dish soap and extra-virgin olive oil is among the best hacks for cleaning your beauty blender. It is a cost-effective method that makes use of readily available ingredients.
The olive oil helps loosen the makeup and pigments built up in your Beauty blender, and the dish soap cuts through the accumulated oils and grime, resulting in a thorough and effective cleaning. So if there’s a lot of colorful makeup in your beauty blender, go for olive oil and dish soap.
Things you’ll need:
- Liquid dish soap – 1½ tablespoons
- Extra-virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons
- Soft towel
Step 1. Combine olive oil and dish soap
- Pour 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil into a bowl.
- Add 1½ tablespoons of liquid dish soap to it.
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
Step 2. Clean beauty blender with the solution
- Dunk the beauty blender into the oil and soap solution. Give it a couple of squeezes to help it soak up the solution.
- Wet it with a little water to produce a lather.
- Knead and massage the beauty blender, rubbing it between your hands. You’ll see all the old makeup running out of the sponge. Continue until most of the surface appears stain-free.
- Squeeze the beauty blender several times to work the grime out from inside it.
Step 3. Rinse it out
- Once you’ve worked out the stains to your satisfaction, rinse out the beauty blender with plain water.
- Squeeze it a few times under running water to remove the soap from within.
- Continue until your beauty blender becomes free of suds.
Step 4. Dry it with a soft towel
- Soak up as much water from your beauty blender as you can gently with a soft towel.
- Place the beauty blender in a well-ventilated area to air-dry completely.
Method 3: Using Liquid Dish Soap
For the daily cleaning of your beauty blender, a simple wash with liquid dish soap should be sufficient. Dish soap will effectively cut through the grime and product buildup. Unless you have several days’ worth of colorful makeup in your beauty blender, a quick wash with liquid dish soap will usually do.
Things you’ll need:
- Liquid dish soap
- Soft towel
Step 1. Clean beauty blender with a splash of dish soap & water
- Squirt a little liquid soap on your beauty blender. Be mindful of the quantity of the soap, as too much soap may take a lot of time to rinse out.
- Wet the beauty blender and rub it with your fingertips to produce a lather.
- Knead the beauty blender with your fingertips to remove the grime and product buildup, occasionally squeezing to work out the gunk from within.
Step 2. Rinse it out
- Rinse the beauty blender with plain water and squeeze out the soap.
- Continue squeezing and rinsing until it’s free of suds.
Step 3. Dry it with a soft towel
Place the clean beauty blender on a soft towel to soak up the excess water, then let it air-dry in a well-ventilated area.
Method 4: Use a Mild Bar Soap
Using a mild bar soap is another option for cleaning your beauty blender. It works almost as well as a solid store-bought cleanser. It will also be much gentler on your hands than liquid dish soap. So if you have sensitive skin, mild bar soap is a good and cost-effective alternative to clean your beauty blender.
Things you’ll need:
- Mild bar soap
- Soft towel
Step 1. Wet beauty blender
Wet the beauty blender completely with water. When it’s thoroughly moistened, the soap can easily get in.
Step 2. Clean it with mild soap
- Rub the beauty blender over the soap bar, so that the soap gets all over the sponge.
- Work up a lather by gently kneading the sponge.
- Work on the surface stains with your fingertips.
- Squeeze and knead simultaneously to draw out the product buildup from inside your beauty blender.
Step 3. Rinse it out
- Rinse the beauty blender with plain water.
- Keep squeezing and rinsing until all the lather is gone and the water runs clean.
Step 4. Pat it dry with a soft towel
- Wrap the soaking wet beauty blender in a soft towel and give it a gentle squeeze until the towel soaks up as much of the water as possible.
- Leave your beauty blender in a well-ventilated place to air-dry completely.
Tips for cleaning beauty blender at home
- Use warm water to wash and rinse the beauty blender for better results.
- Handle your beauty blender delicately while washing. Avoid pinching and twisting to keep it in good shape and without any rips and tears.
- Clean your beauty blender at night, so it’s all clean and ready the following morning.
- Let the beauty blender dry completely after every cleaning to prevent mold.
- Dirty or clean, always dry your beauty blender before storing. Storing a damp beauty blender in your makeup bag right after using it can promote bacteria growth.
- Don’t subject your beauty blender to harsh cleaning products. It will not only ruin your beauty blender before its time but may also be harmful to your skin when you use the freshly cleaned beauty blender.
- If you find daily cleaning quite tedious, buy more than one beauty blender. If you have several beauty blenders, you can just throw the dirty ones in a net lingerie bag and wash them in your washing machine. Use a gentle cycle along with an extra rinse cycle and use Blendercleanser instead of laundry detergent.
- You can also use the given methods (except the washing machine) to clean your makeup brushes.
Summary of How to Clean a Beauty Blender:
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