We all get lazy when it comes to washing makeup brushes. If you’ve gone more than two weeks without cleaning your makeup brushes, you have to do it right away. Makeup brushes can soak up dirt and get filled with bacteria pretty quickly, which is why you want to wash them regularly. If you’re going to keep the germs and bacteria away from your face, you need to clean your makeup brushes at least once per month, and here is how you can do it.

Mix warm water with a tablespoon of gentle shower gel or baby shampoo and a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. You want to pour this mixture into a jar and place your brushes in the jar facing down. This will help dissolve all of the residue makeup and dirt on the brushes, and it will make them easier to clean. Since the brush handles are facing up, the mixture won’t seep into the brush handle and loosen the glue. You want to leave your brushes like this for twenty minutes.

After the brushes have been soaked in the solution, you want to rinse it out. Take one brush at a time and rinse it out with warm water. You also want to take the baby shampoo and double cleanse the brush to make sure it is immaculate.

To get rid of all the nasty stuff easier, you can use a brush cleaning mat, which, since it has a lot of texture, will help your brush to get cleaned. You can also try combing your brushes to help remove all of the built-up makeup. This technique will remove dirt even from the center of big brushes. Simply take a wide comb and brush it from the handle downwards.

After you’ve successfully washed your brushes, you want to allow them to dry correctly. To do this, you want to lie them flat on a towel and leave them overnight. Once the brushes are dry, don’t worry if they don’t look the same as before. You can restore the shape of the bristles by fluffing them out the way you want or by using a blow dryer.