Cleaning Makeup Brushes with Basic G

Did you know that you should be cleaning your makeup brushes? Washing them should be a part of your regular beauty routine. By cleaning them, you are not just getting rid of old makeup residue. You are also getting rid of dirt, oil, dead skin and bacteria. So much build up on those brushes can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Plus, some of those brushes are not cheap, so taking care of them is prolonging your investment. 

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It’s actually a really quick and simple process. If you are a heavy makeup wearer, I’d recommend cleaning them weekly. I’m a very light makeup wearer (I wear even less in the summer months), so I clean mine monthly.  

The best time to wash them is right after you apply your makeup in the morning. That way they have all day and evening to dry before you need to use them again.  

What you will need:

  • bowl
  • Shaklee’s Basic G
  • towel for excess water
  • do this near a sink for rinsing

Note: During all rinsing and soaking, try to focus only on the actual bristles and not the part of the brush where the handle meets the bristles, over time this can loosen the glue.

  1. Start out by rinsing your brushes under water to get out most of the lose makeup. 
  2. Fill your bowl with a little lukewarm water. Maybe 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep depending on how big or small your brushes are. I add a splash of Basic G, I don’t ever measure it but it’s probably about a 1/2 teaspoon. 
  3. Gently swirl the bristles in the water. Use your fingers to rub through the bristles if it’s a dirty brush that needs more than a swirl. 
  4. Rinse the brush under running lukewarm water. (Sometimes a really dirty foundation brush will need a second cleaning.) I flick out as much water as I can in the sink.
  5. Use the towel to dry excess water. Shape your brushes as they should be.
  6. Lay them flat on on towel to dry. They do need to dry completely. 

Here are the picture visuals just because those are nice.

Splash of the Basic G.
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Rinsing. Got a lot of water flow here, but I’m a one women show trying to rinse and take the photo.
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Pat dry, shape and leave overnight to dry completely.
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Note: By using Basic G to clean your brushes, you will be cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing them all in one simple step. This product is very universal and can be used for many of your other cleaning and disinfecting needs. Very concentrated making a total of 64 gallons of cleaner and disinfectant. WOW. 
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Update (10.12.16) – just discovered something to make the brushes incredibly soft. After I sanitize, clean & disinfect with Basic-G, I have been doing 1 more step. Swishing the brush around on Yardley Oatmeal & Almond Bar Soap (I have also heard of using Ivory Bar Soap, but have never tried it). Oh my goodness, does this one extra step make them so very soft. Then rinse well and dry. Makes a huge difference.

Have you cleaned your makeup brushes lately? Or if you were like me several years ago, have you ever cleaned your makeup brushes.

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