Have you ever been happily doing your makeup one morning and then think to yourself, I can’t remember the last time I washed this makeup brush.

We’ve all been there. Cleaning and maintaining your beauty tools is easier said than done, and it’s easy to let weeks (or months) fly by without realizing you should probably give that makeup brush cleaning. You might be thinking that you should probably wash your makeup brush once every two or three weeks, but the reality is… you should be washing them at least once a week.

Makeup brushes gather tons of germs, and if you’re spreading them on your face every day, that can lead to breakouts. All you need is a gentle cleanser and some water. The jane iredale¬†Botanical Brush Cleaner is enhanced with grapefruit oil and seaweed extracts. This quick-drying alcohol and witch hazel cleanser instantly dissolves any build-up of makeup, oil and grime leaving your brushes clean and fluffy. Put a few drops of the cleanser on your palm, wet the brushes, swirl them around in the cleanser, and rinse thoroughly. The just leave them out to dry overnight and voila, clean brushes!

As for makeup sponges, those should be cleaned even more often- after every use. To properly wash a beauty blender, you should use a sulfate-free soap. Just add a little bit of water to your sponge, lather the sponge in the soap, and wash it through.

Another beauty product that you’ve probably neglected far too often in its cleaning process is an eyelash curler. You should actually clean your eyelash curler once a week! You don’t need anything fancy. Makeup remover, rubbing alcohol, and a cotton swab will do the trick. All you need to do is wipe down the pads of the curler with the makeup remover to get rid of all that built-up product and then rinse it with water.

How about your tweezers- bet you forgot those need to be cleaned, too. It’s best to clean tweezers after each use, especially since they come into close contact with your eyes, you don’t want to transfer germs. You just need rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean them.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about the eyeliner sharpener. Your eyeliner is actually going onto your eye, so this is especially important to clean. Clean your eyeliner sharpener once a week with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to prevent the spreading of bacteria.

If you’re reading this and aren’t already convinced to get up right now and clean all your makeup brushes take this as a PSA: don’t forget about your beauty tools. They need cleaning, too.