Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cleaning my Brushes/Sponges/Muslin Cloths

I'm quite good at keeping my face clean but I'm really bad at maintaining and cleaning my brushes, sponges and muslin cloths even though they collect bacteria from your face and any products that come into contact with them.

I do have an ELF daily brush cleanser which is a spray that can be applied to brushes to quickly spot clean, as it dries within 60 seconds but my brushes do desperately need a deep clean. At the moment my eye brushes especially are awful which puts me off using eyeshadow.

 The bottle I have of this I bought a couple of years ago and contained a lot more product inside for the same amount... sneaky ELF.

I decided that I would stop being so lazy and give them all a good deep clean. It also gave me a chance to stream Rita Ora's new album ORA on Spotify - not as great as I expected on the first listen but the love might grow.

When I wash my brushes, I tend to use this method:
1. Keep the brushes hairs down, handle up at all times - never let water go onto the brush handle or past the hairs . Dampen brush and hands with water then apply shampoo (nothing too harsh) to palms and work it into the brush hairs.

Superdrug Raspberry and Macademia Nut Shampoo, 99p and it smells amazing. I've heard baby shampoo's a good brush cleaner and I keep meaning to pick some up.

2. Product should start to wash out of the hairs as you work the shampoo into the hairs and rinse with warm water. Repeat until water runs clean.

3. Stop water and gently squeeze the brush hairs out. If there's bubbles or suds coming out then keep rinsing. If there's still any make up product coming out use some more shampoo and repeat step 2. If your brushes haven't been washed in ages or have had a lot of use, you might want to add more shampoo to really deeply clean. I find foundation brushes take the most work to get clean because the hairs are so dense, they're used every time you apply make up and foundation is quite a stubborn product to remove.

4. When your satisfied that the brush is clean from make up and shampoo, rinse, gently squeeze out any excess  water, shape the hairs back into their original state and leave to dry on a towel. I like to dry my brushes at an slight angle, hairs down and handle up again so I just rest on a large book under the towel, with a smaller book propping it up.

The only thing I did differently this time was I wore rubber gloves to protect my hands, which go through stages of being particularly sensitive to shampoo/cleaning products. Then when I finished I made sure my hands were completely dry then added some hand cream.

As you can see, the majority of my brushes are from ELF and I find them to be amazing quality, they wash well and don't shed. The toothbrush is just the one I use to exfoliate my lips by the way, I don't shampoo my normal toothbrush!

Overall I definitely think I need to start washing my main face brushes weekly or bi-weekly using this method, as it'll keep them cleaner and stop the product building up over time

Washing make up sponges is a similar process so I thought I'd try deep cleaning my Cosmopolitan Beauty Sponge. I've never washed this with shampoo just the ELF spray or rinsed with water, so the build up was terrible. I think I'd still be there now if I hadn't stopped. The sponge also split slightly in a few places which I'm not too chuffed about. These types of sponges do dry quickly though, which is definitely a positive.

I then moved onto my muslin cloths which I definitely need to get into the habit of cleaning every week. Since I have four now from different hot cloth cleansers, I should use one for 2 days morning and night before cleaning it and use the next one.

When I googled how to clean muslin cloths, the first website I came across was the Liz Earle site which says:
"Muslin Cloths can be laundered with your normal white wash. If you have very sensitive skin and find detergent residue irritates, try washing the cloths in soap flakes or boiling them in plain water."

 Now me and the washing machine aren't exactly best friends anyway but I would still prefer the method for sensitive skin using plain boiling water. It might not get the stains out but as long as they're actually clean I'm not bothered.

I boiled the kettle then poured the water into the bathroom sink (after rinsing out the make up brush gunk with water) then threw in my muslin cloths being careful not to burn myself. Truthfully I couldn't be bothered to boil them in a pot so it probably didn't make much of a difference. At least I tried.

Love Georgia xxx

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