Non-Toxic Makeup Brush Cleaner

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This is my Non-Toxic Makeup Brush cleaning routine with Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Castile Soap… 18 in 1 meaning 18 uses with 1 product, and I’m adding use #19 to the list right now.


Their tagline is “dilute dilute dilute”, and this cleanser can be used about 101 ways, not just 18 but I think that’s just because consumers are getting more creative.


You may be thinking, ok well this is just cleanser and I’m only cleaning my makeup brushes… literally cleaning and rinsing.  So why do I need to worry about if something is toxic or not? It’s only a little bit, for a few seconds, right?


Of course it seems harmless, but just think about the fact that the skin is the largest organ on the body and how porous it is. It absorbs literally everything we put on it. Not only that, but it only takes about 26 seconds for chemicals to be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. So as you squirt a few drops of that brush cleaner, or good ole fashion Johnsons’s (and we have all heard about Johnson & Johnson’s by now), into the palm of your hand, swirl the brush around until it’s nice and clean, rinse and repeat… how many seconds has passed?  Maybe 30? 60? Probably more?


Multiply that by the amount of brushes, and there it is. I’m willing to be the total time was much longer than 26 seconds.


Ok well, what if you don’t touch it? It can still be inhaled. And the truth is, we inhale, injest, and touch probably close to hundreds of toxins in a day from our seemingly innocent household products like dish soap, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, dryer sheets…  to the food we eat with pesticide residue... to life in the city with bus fumes, car fumes, plane and train emissions… to our fancy hair salon when we get our hair colored, or treated with keratin… And don’t forget about the makeup, lotion, body butters, and all these luxurious yummy products we slather all over… they’re everywhere.


It’s common to think and feel that just a little bit won’t hurt, but anything set on repeat, even with a small amount of toxicity, will due damage that you may not even realize or ever think to link up to something as harmless as a cleanser.

Some people are more sensitive than others and I’m the kind of person who gets a headache and light headed just walking down the aisle with cleaning products at the grocery store.


Common side affects with standard cleansers, even the ones that smell pretty (not abrasive like bleach) can include, but aren’t limited to headaches, allergies including skin and respiratory, hormone imbalance, aging, cancer, asthma, birth defects… the list goes on. 


And if you’re looking at this and thinking, no way, these side effects are way too drastic! Then let me remind you of the time I was thinking about using Accutane, and one of the warnings right on the label, clear as day, said “may cause birth defects.”  I couldn’t wrap my brain around the fact that putting a cream on my face, could some how make it’s way to a growing fetus. It took me A LONG time to understand that it wasn’t just the products with the warning labels that were harmful… and if I just read between the lines and did a little digging, I would be able to find all the ingredients that were harmful, all I had to do was just open my eyes.


So… let’s get back to Dr. Bronner’s and talk about the fact that I’ve been using them for the past 7 years. Back in the day you could only find this brand at specialty stores or online, but now you can find it everywhere!


Now, this soap is highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.  All I did was drip about 5 drops in a bowl full of warm water and I let my brushes soak for about 5 minutes. I swirled them around a bit, but nothing too aggressive. I rinsed under clean water and didn’t squeeze them out with my fingers at all. Instead, I wanted to show you how clean they got, so I repeated the process with another bowl of water and 5 drops of Dr. Bronner’s. There was the tiniest amount of makeup on the inside bristles of my foundation brush (it’s a flat head brush so lots of room to hide) but all the other ones were squeaky clean when I rang the out with my fingers after the second rinse.

I absolutely love this soap and when I say I use it for everything, I mean it.

Let me know if you’ve tried this or if you plan to! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Clean bowl of water, pre-cleanse.  Adding the soap WILL make the water cloudy. You’ll see what I mean in the last pic at the bottom.

Clean bowl of water, pre-cleanse.

Adding the soap WILL make the water cloudy. You’ll see what I mean in the last pic at the bottom.

After brushes soaked and swirled. Look at that water!!

After brushes soaked and swirled. Look at that water!!

Last and final soak and swirl. I still can’t believe how effective a soak and swirl is. To be honest, I usually rub the bristles with my fingers and it’s always worked well, but I wanted to see how effective this stuff on it’s own.

Last and final soak and swirl. I still can’t believe how effective a soak and swirl is. To be honest, I usually rub the bristles with my fingers and it’s always worked well, but I wanted to see how effective this stuff on it’s own.

No photo set is complete without a baby hand photo bombing

No photo set is complete without a baby hand photo bombing