How To Clean Your Beauty Blender

Written by , MA (Mass Communication & Media Studies) Esha Saxena MA (Mass Communication & Media Studies) Experience: 3 years
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Did you know that your makeup tools can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and filth? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here’s the thing – if you don’t clean your beloved makeup sponges frequently, you are in for unwanted breakouts and a whole bunch of serious skin issues. It sure is fun to apply your makeup with that egg-shaped Beauty Blender, and cleaning it may seem like a tedious chore. But please, do yourself a favor and keep it squeaky clean. We have for you the most efficient techniques to clean your Beauty Blender. Read on to find out more.

How To Clean Your Beauty Blender

Ideally, you should wash your Beauty Blender after every use. To give it a quick rinse, run it under some warm water until the water runs clear. Your sponge will last way longer with basic cleaning done regularly, and your skin will appreciate it too. Moreover, the company recommends replacing the sponge after three months if you use it on a daily basis. The Beauty Blender cleanser does a great job at cleaning your makeup sponge, but it’s super expensive. Luckily, there are a bunch of other ways to do this. Let’s begin with our first cleaning technique now!

How To Deep Clean Your Beauty Blender

Your sponge needs deep cleaning if it still feels or appears dirty after basic cleaning (warm water and soap.) Trust me, you’ll know it needs a good wash just by looking at it.

What You Need
  • A sink
  • Warm running water
  • A mild cleanser
  • Paper towels

Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: Hold your makeup sponge under warm running water for about a minute, or until it absorbs enough water to expand to its full size.

Step 2: Dab some gentle liquid cleanser (like a baby shampoo or an organic shampoo) directly onto the sponge.

Step 3: Rub the sponge against your palm for about 45 seconds. This will help draw out the product and gunk lying deep inside the sponge.

Step 4: Rinse the sponge under warm water while you continue to rub until it looks clean. Make sure you rinse out all of the soap.

Step 5: Squeeze out the water from the sponge. If you see clear water, it means your sponge is now clean.

Step 6: To dry the sponge, roll it on clean paper towels. Finally, set it aside on a paper towel to completely air dry.

How To Sterilize A Beauty Blender In The Microwave

How To Sterilize A Beauty Blender In The Microwave
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If you want to clean your Beauty Blender thoroughly, you need to heat sterilize it. You should deep clean your sponge weekly and sterilize it using heat at least once a month. This helps kill any bacteria living deeper inside your sponge. Eww, right?

What You Need
  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • A microwave
  • Paper towels

Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: Place your sponge in a microwave-friendly bowl filled with water.

Step 2: Add some liquid dish soap to the water to make a soapy solution. Allow the sponge to sit in the water until it is soaking wet.

Step 3: Place the bowl in a microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Once you remove the bowl, let the sponge rest in the water for 2 minutes.

Step 5: After the sponge cools down, gently squeeze out the water and roll it on dry paper towels.

Step 6: Allow the sponge to dry completely before using it again.

Now that you have a fair idea of the three most effective ways to clean your makeup sponges, here is a round-up of some useful tips and tricks that will come in handy during your next cleaning sesh.

Tips: How To Keep Your Beauty Blender Squeaky Clean

  • Give Your Beauty Blender An Olive/Coconut Oil Bath

You can clean your makeup sponge using coconut oil or olive oil. Oil helps loosen built-up product and pigment with ease. Simply combine coconut oil with some liquid dish soap and squish all the gunk out. However, rinsing the sponge until it’s free of any traces of oil takes some time and patience.

  • Wash Your Sponge Immediately After Use

This is a trick even makeup artists use. You simply need to wash your Beauty Blender once you finish doing your makeup. The less time you allow any product to stay on your sponge, the better it is. This will also prevent staining and make deep cleaning a whole lot easier.

  • Store Your Beauty Blender Correctly

The way you store your sponge is an incredibly important factor in the health of your skin and the lifespan of the sponge. After washing it, always allow it to dry completely in a clean and open space before you use it again.

  • Double-Cleanse Every Now And Then

Just like you double-cleanse your face, try the same with your makeup tools. It simply involves pairing a water-based cleanser and an oil-based cleanser. This is a sure-fire way to get a squeaky clean and fresh sponge.

The Beauty Blender has become a cult product, and if you’re going to be using it, make sure you use it the right way. If you don’t commit to a regular cleaning routine, you’re going to end up in deep trouble. Damp and dirty sponges will breed bacteria, resulting in mold spores. Gross! It’s time you give your sponge a good old bath. We hope this article helps you keep your makeup tools clean and safe to use.

How often do you wash your Beauty Blender (honestly)? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Esha Saxena
Esha SaxenaBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Esha Saxena is a writer and journalist with over 3 years of experience. She holds a master’s degree in media and mass communication from St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art.

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