Brushes! How to take proper care of your investment!

by Jessica Zak

This post was inspired by an interesting "life hack" I saw on Facebook. What was it you ask...? To put your make-up brushes in the dishwasher to clean them. WHAT?! NO. NEVER.

Heres why:

Make-up brushes are composed of three parts: the bristle, the ferrule, and the handle all held together with glue. The bristles are glued into the ferrule, and the ferrule glued onto the handle.

The heat alone in a dish washer will heat that glue up enough to compromise the integrity of said glue, resulting in a disaster of a brush in three pieces if not more. If the heat wasn't enough of a reason to not 'dish washer' your brushes, the water will also ruin them. The water will enter the ferrule, sit there during the wash, and again loosen the glue that is connecting the bristles and the ferrule. If the heat and the water weren't enough then PLEASE let dish washing detergent deter you.

After researching a common dishwashing detergent I found seven chemical ingredients, none of which I believe I want on my face. But contrary to my beliefs I am not a scientist, so I picked up the phone and called my friend who actually is to ask him. I sent him a list of the chemicals I found and asked if any of them were good for skin. His response? "No, some of them are actually SEVERE irritants..". 

No, you are not actually rubbing these chemicals directly onto your skin. But your brushes WILL soak up the water they are put into and they WILL stay in the bristles. And where are those bristles going? Your face. Your eyes. Your lips.

With the strong possibility of irritating my skin, my eyes, my lips, all for the sake of "saving time" or "making something easier"? It isn't worth it to me. Not only will it have negative effects on your skin, it will ruin your brushes.

After that soap box what is the CORRECT way to clean your brushes? This is the fun part!

Personally, I use Parian Spirit  

  • There are no artificial fragrances or colors
  • Made from citrus spirits
  • soft and gentle on brushes, but also strong enough to break down oil based make-up, adhesives, latex.
  • conditions bristles while also killing bacteria  

There are other cleaners, which I haven't used, but do recommend them based on what I have heard and read about them:

Beauty So Clean brush cleaner

  • Made with all natural ingredients 
  • Dries within seconds
  • Gentle but effective cleaning


  • Gentle cleaning, disinfecting, and conditioning 
  • Environmentally safe
  • Dissolves powder, liquids, wax based make-up, and adhesives

I hope that with this information you are able to take even better care of your investment. If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below and I'll be sure to help you out!