DIY – Homemade Natural Spray Recipes For Cleaning Makeup Brushes


When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?… Surprised?… Shocked??… Embarrassed??? Well, you should first feel GUILTY! Let me be very clear. Whether you are just an amateur who is trying to master various makeup tricks or a makeup junkie who feels confident about giving Kardashians a tough competition, you should clean your makeup brushes once every week (if not possible to clean them after every single use). It is MANDATORY! Today, we will talk about how to make cleaning sprays for your makeup brushes at home.


Homemade Natural Spray Recipes

DIY – Makeup Brush Cleaning Spray Recipes

The practice of makeup brush cleaning and disinfecting not only saves those bristles and barrels but also saves our skin. While there are tons of makeup brush cleaners available in the market, it is always good to indulge in some DIY spray cleaners that are simple, quick, and great pocket-savers too. Here is a compilation of such homemade makeup brush cleaning sprays recipes:

Also Read – How to Make Your Makeup Brushes Last Longer? Here

Recipe 1:


Say the simplest, easiest, and quickest way to keep your makeup brushes squeaky clean naturally and this formula will top the list. Although it dries out fast, you can make your brushes free from blush and eye shadow colors very effectively.

Supplies Required: 

  • Alcohol – 1(1/2) cups
  • Distilled water – (1/2) cup
  • Fragrant essential oil – 10 to 15 drops (as per your preference)
  • A spray bottle
  • A funnel

Steps To Follow:

Take the funnel and pour alcohol into the empty spray bottle by using it carefully. Dilute it by adding distilled water. Also, add the fragrant essential oil of your choice in order to reduce the odor of alcohol from the spray mixture as well as increase its conditioning capabilities to a large extent. Give the bottle a good shake and mix everything well.

[Note: It is better to use alcohol and distilled water in 7:3 ratio. The aim is to dilute the alcohol as less as possible. Lavender essential oil is the best choice to use as a fragrant oil. You may have other preferences too.]

Homemade Natural Spray Recipes

The practice of makeup brush cleaning and disinfecting not only saves those bristles and barrels but also saves our skin.

Recipe 2:

This is a modified version of the previous cleaning spray recipe. It uses baby shampoo as a mild surfactant in order to create a little lather while cleaning the makeup brushes. However, the use of essential oil is purely optional here.

Supplies Required:

  • Pure ethanol (rubbing alcohol) – (1/2) cup
  • Baby shampoo – 2 tablespoons
  • Distilled (or properly filtered) water – (1/2) cup
  • Essential oil – 8 to 10 drops (optional)
  • A spray bottle
  • A funnel

Also Read – How to Clean your Makeup Brushes? Here

Steps to Follow:

Pour baby shampoo into the clean and empty spray bottle. Add pure ethanol and distilled water to it with the help of the funnel. Be careful about spillage during this step. Now, add your favorite essential oil and close the cap of the bottle. Shake it well to combine all ingredients nicely.

[Note: Make sure that you use only a little baby shampoo, preferably 5% of the entire mixture. If you are using ethanol in its purest form, fill the bottle with equal part of distilled or filtered water. Otherwise, you can adjust the amount of water accordingly. ]

Recipe 3:

While the purpose of using essential oil in previous two recipes was cutting down the smell of alcohol, this one is totally based on its goodness. It is one of the best natural cleansing sprays that turn makeup brushes spotless by using the cleansing properties of essential oils.

Supplies Required:

Steps To Follow:

Pour distilled water into the spray bottle carefully by using the funnel. Add the drops of tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil to it. Put the cap on the bottle and give it a good shake so that a nice essential oil blend is prepared.

[Note: Being a great natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent, tea tree oil helps in disinfecting the brushes the right way. Lavender oil is also a great sanitizer with soothing property and calming aroma. However, if you are sensitive to tea tree oil, replace it with a peppermint essential oil and also reduce the quantity to some extent. ]

Homemade Natural Spray Recipes

Also Read – Best Brushes and Applicators Here

Tips For You

  • Shake your spray bottle before each use.
  • Spritz 4-5 times or more on the brushes according to their length and the volume of their bristles.
  • Do not forget to wipe the spray off the brushes with the help of a washcloth / paper towel / tissue.
  • Always dry your wet makeup brushes by hanging them upside down. It is best to keep them overnight in this position.
  • Store your homemade makeup brush cleaning spray in a cool dark place.
  • As homemade cleaning spray does not contain any preservative, do not make it in large quantity. Rather, prepare small batches every week to be on the safe side.

So, isn’t it easier and faster to use a spray cleaner for makeup brushes? Have you also tried it at home?

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