False eyelashes are the easiest way to increase the volume of your flutters and add extra oomph to a perfectly contoured face. However, if you get hooked on using falsies on a regular basis, it can turn out to be a pricey affair. Good quality, natural-looking false eyelashes are expensive, and if you need to replace them frequently, it adds up quickly.

So, it may be a wise idea to reuse your false eyelashes as long as you can, especially if you’ve invested in MAC or Ardell lashes. The only thing that gets in the way is the gunk that accumulates on them – the glue that holds the falsies on your eyelids, the extra mascara and eyeliner that make your peepers more dramatic and the sparkling dust of eye shadow.

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All of this, if not cleaned thoroughly, can ruin the false lashes or make it difficult to get them to stick on your lash line again. Furthermore, dirty lashes can lead to a bacterial buildup and increase the chances of developing an eye infection.

If you don’t plan on saving your falsies only for special occasions, it becomes imperative to have a few hacks up your sleeve to clean your false eyelashes the right way.

Learn how to clean false eyelashes
Learn how to clean and reuse false eyelashes

We bring to you the best four ways to clean false eyelashes for reuse.

Method 1: Hot Water & Dish Soap

Clean false eyelashes with liquid dish soap
Before and after cleaning false eyelashes using liquid dish soap

Using dish soap is by far the easiest and most economical way of keeping your falsies clean, because everyone eats food and it’s a given that you wash your dishes, too! Liquid dish soap is mild and will effectively clean out any dirt or other substances stuck on your false lashes. In fact, you can also use liquid dish soap to clean your stuffed toys without damaging them.

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Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean false eyelashes with liquid dish soap

  • Hot water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Paper towel
  • Tweezers
  • Clean mascara brush

Step 1. Dip the dirty lashes in a warm, soapy solution

Use liquid dish soap to clean false eyelashes
Dip the used eyelashes in a solution of liquid dish soap and hot water
  • Pour ¼ cup of hot water into a wide dish.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and mix it in well.
  • Put the lashes in the solution for 15 seconds.

Step 2. Remove the glue and rinse the lashes with warm water

Use warm water to clean false eyelashes
Use warm water to remove all impurities
  • Take the lashes out of the sudsy solution.
  • Using tweezers, gently pull out any remaining glue from the lash bone of your falsies.
  • Once done, rinse the lashes with clean, warm water.

Step 3. Blot them dry and put them back in their box

Use a paper towel to clean false eyelashes
Blot with a paper towel and air-dry
  • Place the cleaned lashes on a paper towel.
  • Fold the paper over them and blot gently to soak up all the water.
  • Use a clean mascara brush to fan out the lashes, if they are stuck together.
  • Let them air-dry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Use tweezers to pick them up and place them back in their box.
Learn how to clean false eyelashes with liquid dish soap
Your false eyelashes are clean and ready for use

Method 2: Rubbing Alcohol

Clean false eyelashes with rubbing alcohol
Before and after cleaning false eyelashes with rubbing alcohol

Your next best bet to keeping your falsies squeaky clean is using rubbing alcohol. It not only helps loosen all the goop but also disinfects the lashes in the process. So, you can kill two birds with one stone using this hack. Rubbing alcohol acts as an excellent cleaning and stain removal agent and can be used in a variety of ways for health and beauty.

Step 1. Soak the falsies in rubbing alcohol & clean them with cotton swabs

Use rubbing alcohol to clean false eyelashes
Soak the false eyelashes in rubbing alcohol and use a cotton swab to clean them
  • Pour some rubbing alcohol into a container. The quantity should be enough in which to submerge the lashes completely.
  • Put the dirty lashes in the alcohol for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Use 2 cotton swabs to gently rub the gunk off the lashes and the lash band.

Step 2. Soak up any excess liquid and put the clean lashes in their box

Blot with a paper towel to clean false eyelashes
Extract with tweezers and blot with a paper towel to get rid of any remaining alcohol
  • Use tweezers to retrieve the lashes from the solution and put them on a paper towel.
  • Fold the paper over and blot the top of the lashes to soak up any remaining alcohol.
  • If needed, fan out the lashes with a clean mascara brush.
  • Place the lashes back inside their box until you need them again.
Learn how to clean false eyelashes with rubbing alcohol
Store and reuse your false eyelashes when required

Method 3: Eye Makeup Remover

Use eye makeup remover to clean false eyelashes
Before and after cleaning false eyelashes with eye makeup remover

Just like you use it for your eyes, your eye makeup remover can be used to clean false eyelashes for reuse. Simply spray a generous amount of remover over the lashes and rub them with a cotton swab. Voila! Super clean falsies.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean false eyelashes with eye makeup remover

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  • Eye makeup remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towel

Single-Step Method: Spray eye makeup remover on the lashes & clean them with cotton swabs

Use eye makeup remover to clean false eyelashes
Clean your false eyelashes with eye makeup remover and cotton swabs
  • Place the dirty eyelashes on a wadded paper towel.
  • Spray a generous amount of eye makeup remover on the lashes. If your makeup remover is not in a spray form, pour a small amount of the remover into a bowl and dip the dirty lashes in it for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Grab one end of the lashes with tweezers to hold it in place. Use a cotton swab to rub the loosened grime off them. Stroke the cotton swab in the direction of the lashes, starting from the lash line and moving toward the tips.
  • Once the lashes are sufficiently clean, pull out the stuck glue from the lash line using the tweezers.
  • Store them in the lash case until the next time you are ready to rock your eyelashes.
Learn how to clean false eyelashes with eye makeup remover
Store your clean eyelashes in the original lash case until next time

Method 4: Coconut Oil

Use coconut oil to clean your eyelashes
Before and after cleaning false eyelashes with coconut oil

While we’ve already showed you how to use coconut oil to remove makeup, you can also use the oil to clean false eyelashes for reuse when in a pinch.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to clean false eyelashes using coconut oil

  • Coconut oil
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers

Single-Step Method: Rub coconut oil on the false lashes

Use coconut oil to clean false eyelashes
Use coconut oil to clean your false eyelashes
  • Place the dirty lashes on a paper towel.
  • Dip a cotton swab in coconut oil and rub it over the lashes to loosen the built up mascara and dirt.
  • Continue to stroke the lashes with the soaked cotton swab until all the dirt has come off. You can use a fresh cotton swab and more oil when the first one gets dirty.
  • Soak up any excess oil by blotting the lashes with a fresh paper towel.
  • Pull out the leftover glue from the lash line using a tweezers.
  • Place them back in the box they came in to maintain their shape.
Learn how to clean false lashes with coconut oil
Store your false lashes in the original lash case to maintain their shape

Tips

  • Always wash your hands before touching your false lashes to prevent any impurities from getting into your eyes.
  • When trying to pull out glue from the lash line, do not pull with too much force or you’ll end up plucking out the lashes and ruining them altogether.
  • Always store the lashes in their box between uses. Also, it is best to use boxes that have curved platforms to maintain the natural curved shape of the lashes.
  • You can also use baby shampoo instead of liquid dish soap to clean your false eyelashes.

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