How to Spot Clean your Brushes
Spot cleaning is usually done to quickly remove any colours/products or bacteria from your brushes when you’re in a hurry or don’t have access to a sink. It’s fairly simple to do and doesn’t require a lot of time or effort but it’s nowhere near as effective as deep cleaning.
When it comes to spot cleaning there are special dedicated brush cleaners out there but they can be expensive and not always effective. Majority of these brush cleaners are a fragrance mixed with a very high alcohol content and water.
My preferred preference when it comes to spot cleaning is rubbing alcohol. It’s cheap, works great and kills all the bacteria, sure it isn’t the nicest smelling thing out there (aka kind of smells like a hospital) but so far it’s the best thing I’ve found for spot cleaning. (In the past I have used M.A.C cosmetics Brush Cleaner and BeautyPro Brush Cleaner which are still both great products)
For spot cleaning your brushes I highly suggest you do it after EVERY use. Specifically for cream, liquid and gel products or if you are switching up colours. For powder blushes, bronzers, etc. you can get away with once every two days or just deep clean them once a week.
To see rubbing alcohol being used in action to clean your brushes check out the video below:
- Pour or spray some rubbing alcohol onto some paper towel or onto the bristles directly and wipe back and forth on the paper towel until the colour is completely out and lay to dry.
- Dip the bristles into some rubbing alcohol and then wipe off onto paper towel and lay to dry.
- Put your rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle to make it easier to use.
- Whilst spot cleaning can be helpful it shouldn’t ever replace deep cleaning which will clean out everything from your brushes.
Rubbing alcohol can be purchased at your local drugstore/pharmacy.