Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DIY Multi-Purpose Makeup Brush Spot Cleaner

I just ran out of my makeup brush spot cleanser and sanitizer, which is a DIY that I have been making and using for years now. Since I'm making a new batch, I thought I'd share it with you in case any of you are looking for a recipe to make your own. It's super easy and it only takes a few simple ingredients.

Since it contains alcohol and it disinfects, I also use it to wipe down my cell phone daily (since our cell phones usually end up covered in germs by the end of each day), I also use it to sanitize my hair brushes.

What you will need:

  1. distilled or purified water
  2. a spray bottle
  3. rubbing alcohol
  4. your favourite (or any) facial toner 
  5. (optional) your favourite essential oil  hint: tea tree is a good one!

How to mix:
Fill 1/2 the bottle with rubbing alcohol, fill 1/4 of the bottle with distilled or purified water, next fill the last 1/4 of the bottle with the facial toner of your choice. Optional: add a few drops of essential oil like tea tree oil. Screw the top on and shake it to mix. You can label the bottle if you choose to. I don't bother as I use it every day and it's got its own spot in my bathroom. Now it's ready to use!

Here, I have sprayed a tissue with the solution and I'm swiping my makeup brush on it to remove the colour and also sanitize the brush at the same time. If you are using very large brushes you may want to use a small towel. It dries quickly so you can use the brush again or at least it's clean and ready for the next day. This is a great way to clean your brushes in between deep cleanings.

To clean your cell phone I don't recommend spraying the phone directly. Instead, spray a tissue and wipe the entire surface (front and back).

To clean your hair brushes, first remove all the hair, then spray the entire surface with the solution and lay your brush face down to dry.

I'm sure this solution could be used to spot clean so many more items. If you have any ideas of what else this could be used on, please leave a comment below. I love hearing ideas from you guys!

In Health & Happiness


  1. Sounds great!
    I might give this I try, I'm using a store brought brush spray at the moment, I will use that bottle once in done!
    Thanks x

    1. I hope you make it. It's such a money saver! I never buy brush cleansers. ;)

  2. This sounds great! I'm forever getting dust & other stuff stuck in my hairbrush & despite giving it a wash every now & then, it never seems to get rid of it. I think I'll have to try this out next time!

    1. I find the best way to get rid of all the dust is to soak a brush in water for a while (with or without soap). This spray more or less just sanitizes in a pinch. I started to use it when my cat decided he wanted my tangle teezer every time he heard me use it. lol

  3. Once I finish my current bottle of brush cleaner, I'll have to give this a try!

  4. what a great idea! I'm going to make this once my Sephora brush cleanser is gone. Too bad I just bought one lol!


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