The Easy (and Inexpensive) Way to Clean Your Blending Sponges

Do you use blending sponges for your makeup? I do! Not for every foundation I use, but for the majority of them, the blending sponge gives me a better finish. They're pretty amazing, but not without problems. The biggest complaint I hear (and I agree): They can be so dang difficult to get completely clean!

makeup blending sponges

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Back in March, I did a review on the Beauty Junkees sponges that I purchased on Amazon. I'm still really impressed with them. Not just with the way they work, but also with how long they have lasted! I use them several times a week, and I just purchased more - after 5+ months!

Yes, I know. Using makeup sponges for 5 months? I'm sure some of you think that's gross. But I've discovered a way to keep these babies spotless, and they are just now starting to get cracks in the surface!

Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap

I mentioned in my post in March that I had been using Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap to clean my sponges. It contains several types of oil, which I believe is the trick to getting the sponges clean. I didn't choose the peppermint version for any particular reason - I just happened to have it on hand. When I repurchase, I'm going to get the almond - I love the scent of almond! But I gotta tell ya - this stuff is amazing! (Update: I did purchase the almond and I love it!)

What I do: I put 4-5 drops in a little container (you could use a small bowl), and add 2.5-3 oz. of warm water. I dip a sponge in and let it absorb a little, then set it aside while I dip the next sponge. I don't completely saturate the sponges with the first dip. I just get enough solution on them to dampen them a little. Then I gently squeeze them to work that in a little. Once I've done that to both sponges, I dip them in the solution again., allowing them to absorb more - splitting the remaining solution between the two sponges. Then I start gently squeezing them to work the solution into the sponges. At this point, you will see the makeup start to dissolve and disappear. I add a little warm water to the sponges as needed, then I start rinsing the sponges when I see the makeup is gone. (Note: I usually clean two sponges at a time, so if you're only cleaning one, you would use less soap and water.)

This takes just a couple of minutes, and the sponges look like new! I do find that it works best and more quickly if I clean the sponges the day after using them. In other words, it's easier to get makeup out of the sponges once they have dried.

Take a look at these sponges! I took this photo last month when they were FOUR. MONTHS. OLD! Other than being a little faded, they look like new!

If you're like me, cleaning your makeup blending sponges and removing all of the makeup is a challenge. I've discovered an easy (and thrifty) way to make them look like new!

Ingredients for the peppermint version:
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Mentha Piperita, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
**None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.

With Dr. Bronner's, you get three times the amount for only a third of the price of Liquid blendercleanser. And that's not even taking into account that you dilute the Dr. Bronner's, so you really have even more! I've used the liquid blendercleanser, and while it works, in my opinion, it doesn't work any better than Dr. Bronner's. And there's the added benefit of being able to use the Dr. Bronner's for other things - face, body, hair, dishes, floors, pets, etc. Here's a list of uses and dilutions, directly from Dr. Bronner's website.

Dr. Bronner's castile soap

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap is available in eight scents: Almond, Baby Unscented, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, and Tea Tree. The Almond and Rose versions are the only ones with added fragrance.

four makeup blending sponges

How do you clean your makeup sponges? Tell me in the comments, or hit me up on Instagram!


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