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I use the method I learned for cleaning my brushes in oil painting class. Wet the brush, rub with the direction of the bristles back and forth across a bar of gentle soap, rinse in water by doing the same motion on you palm under running water. Repeat until the water is clean. Reshape brushes and let dry. I find mini hotel facial soaps are perfect for this.

I agree! I use the same method and it’s the best and much cheaper than “Special Brush Cleanser”!

You know, I do the same thing, but I don’t think I ever twigged that I had borrowed this from art class. Since I last took art 20-odd years ago…

What a coincidence, I just cleaned ALL my brushes last night. 🙂

I use the same shampoo I use for my hair because it’s really gentle. It’s called DevaCare Low-Poo, funny name I know..lol. But it’s a very mild one made for color treated hair that doesn’t strip away color or moisture and leaves the bristles so nice!

I just wet the bristles, put a dot of shampoo in the palm of my hand and swirl it around, then rinse. And then I lay them flat to dry on a towel- which is VERY important! NEVER put them upright to dry because the moisture will seep down into the ferrule and the handle and warp it!

How weird Trace, I just cleaned all my brushes last night too!! Well, I did a little between-uses cleaning…I have these makeup brush cleaner wipes…they look like face cleanser wipes (that’s probably what they are!) and i got them at Sally Beauty Supply pretty cheap, they’re great for just a quick swipe clean. When I do a deep cleaning, I use the regular unscented baby shampoo, and i looooove cleaning brushes!!

I use baby shampoo once a week, and an unscented oil-free baby wipe for quick clean-ups in between.

Baby wipes & hand sanitizing wipes. Kills germs, gets all the makeup out, CHEAP, and I can do it while watching TV : D

I use MAC brush cleaner daily and then once a week, I use a gentle conditioning shampoo to throughly clean my brushes. I make sure to lay them flat on a towel to dry.

I use baby shampoo.
I also use baby whips in between cleanings.
I just whip the brush over the baby whip and then
whip the brush on a dry towel to get the makeup off
the brush.

I use baby shampoo on them every 2-4 weeks, and I wipe brushes I have used in emollient products off on a wipe after each use. If I have used my brushes on someone else, or just want to get rid of all bacteria, I use Cinema Secrets brush cleaner, which is the BEST brush cleaner in the world! 🙂

I’ve been using MAC’s brush cleaner for the past 5 years but just recently my MAC MUA told me that the gentle shampoo works just as good and it’s a lot cheaper. So, now I’m using the gentle shampoo and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two cleansers. I’m really happy and my wallet is happy too! =D

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Hi Crystal,

Hmm, I thought I might be able to replace my baby shampoo method with MAC’s brush cleaner, but it doesn’t sound like it from what you ladies are saying!

I use hand soap and water. It does it just as well as anything else I’ve tried. Although now that I hear all of this about baby shampoo, I think I’m going to try it.

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