In the past few years since I’ve really gotten into makeup, I’ve found several solutions for cheap, DIY makeup brush cleanser. However, I never had a good cheap solution for spot cleansing. After doing a bit of research for different “recipes” I concocted this spot cleanser based on mixture of the ingredients I saw show up most often.
The cleanser I made consists of just 3 ingredients. There were some recipes out there even simpler than this, and plenty with way more ingredients. Personally, I wanted something effective that didn’t require me to buy several different items especially for this project.
The only things you will need for my version is baby shampoo, tea tree oil and rubbing alcohol. They say the higher percentage of alcohol you get the faster it will dry, but I went for the cheapest option and it dries plenty fast for me!
Baby shampoo filled the bottle about 1/5 to 1/4 of the way. The majority of the bottle is rubbing alcohol. I topped it off with tea tree oil. My bottle didn’t come with a dropper, and the first time I made this I poured way too much in. It doesn’t make it not work, it just reeks.
You could definitely get away with just adding several drops of the tea tree oil, as even the small amount seen here still has a pretty strong smell.
To use, give each brush a couple of spritzes of your spot cleanser, then rub in a circular motion on a towel. I normally use a cloth towel for this, but used a paper towel for the demo so you can see the makeup being removed.
You can see how much came out in about 10-20 seconds of cleaning. And these were brushes that had been sitting dirty in my brush holder for a while. The nice thing about spot cleaning is you can almost immediately reuse the brush for another color or person because the alcohol makes them dry really quickly.