How to get rid of your old makeup brushes

What if you’ve got a collection of makeup brushes and you’re ready to start using them for a new purpose?

It’s possible to get them out of your makeup bag and into the washing machine without having to wash them first, but that’s a bit of a headache.

Here are the best methods for getting rid of the brushes.


Laundry them thoroughly with soap and water 2.

Rinse them out in warm water, using a soft cloth 3.

Melt them in a small dish to soften them a bit 4.

Put them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for a couple of weeks until you’re more ready to use them 5.

Remove them with a small spoon 6.

Pour water over them, letting it soak for about a minute 7.

Wash them in warm, soapy water, and rinse again 8.

Put the brushes in a clean dish and place them in cold water, making sure that the water is completely clear 9.

Let them soak for a few more minutes 10.

Put some of the water in a spray bottle and put it in the washing cycle 11.

Let it sit for about 10 minutes 12.

Let the spray bottle sit for at least a few minutes 13.

Use a soft, cotton cloth to gently wipe the surface of the bristles clean.

Don’t scrub the bristls with the cloth!

This will give them time to harden and retain their shape.


Use some paper towels to gently dab at the surface with the cotton cloth, letting the bristle retain its shape.

Don.t scrub the surfaces with the paper towels!

This won’t remove the glue and the glue residue will remain.


Dry the bristl with a soft towel, then put the brushes back in the drying cycle.

It’s a good idea to rinse them with cold water to remove any remaining glue residue, as it can lead to damage to the bristler.