How To Clean Your Brushes

So now that you’ve purchased your Bdellium Tools brushes, how will you take care of your new precious tools? Take a look at these how-to instructions and tips on how to clean and disinfect.  Remember, there is a difference between “cleaning” your brushes and “disinfecting” your brushes. We recommend that you “clean” your brushes regularly and “disinfect” only when you need a quick fix in between multiple clients in the same day.

How to DISINFECT your brushes:
Materials needed: Paper towel and brush cleanser of your choice

1. Dampen the paper towel using the brush cleanser of your choice.

2. Take the brush and whisk it back and forth in a sweeping motion on the damp paper towel. Do not whisk the brush in circular motions as this will deteriorate the bristles. Make sure to thoroughly “disinfect” all areas of the bristles on the brush.

*NOTE: Disinfecting your brushes using a brush cleanser should not replace regular washing.

How to CLEAN your brushes:
Materials needed: Paper towels, towel, running water, mild shampoo of your choice, time, patience & gentle care 🙂

1. Take the brush and wet them under running room temperature water. Be sure to keep the bristles of the brush facing down. This helps to prevent water from seeping into the ferrule (metal piece holding the handle & bristles together) or handle.

2. Put some shampoo (never use dish washing soap or anything with a degreaser) on your fingers/hand and apply it to the bristles of the brush. Start from the ferrule/handle and work your way down towards the tip of the bristles. Massage the shampoo into the bristles gently.

3. Run the brush (bristle side down) under clean water to help rinse off the shampoo. Repeat this process until all residue of shampoo has been washed off.

4. Lay down a paper towel and dab the brush on the towel to help remove excess water.

5. Re-shape your brush to its original shape.

6. Lay flat on a new clean towel to dry.

*NOTE: Do not dry your brushes with the bristles standing up or dip/submerge your brushes fully into a reservoir of water. This will allow water, shampoo, cleanser or any other liquid you have used to seep into the ferrule & handle and will compromise the quality of your brushes.

*TIP: Preferably you should dry your brushes with the bristles facing down to allow gravity to help pull any water that may have seeped into the ferrule/handle out. You can also, prop up your brushes so that they are at a 45° to help facilitate the drying process.

When’s the last time you cleaned your brushes? If it’s been awhile have a spring cleaning session for your makeup tools!

Bdellium Tools

6 Responses to “How To Clean Your Brushes”
  1. valens87 says:

    Thanks for this helpful article!
    I’ve never used dishwashing soap since I’ve seen what it can do to my hand (it’s extremely aggressive).
    Before I wash my brushes with shampoo, I pour a little bit of olive oil on a paper towel and I make my brushes go back and forth to elimine the bigger part of make up, then I proceed as usual… it works well 😉
    Have you ever tried olive oil before washing at Bdellium HQ?
    Have a great day

    • Our pleasure! We’re happy this article was helpful to you. We’ve heard of olive oil tip before and heard it works very well. Thanks for sharing the tip. Glad you’re avoiding dishwasher soap. Not a good mix with brushes.

      Hope you have a great weekend!

      • Ria badiola says:

        I have been hearing good reviews about Parian spirit brush cleaner… Can I use them on my bdellium brushes without damaging it’s ant bacterial properties?

      • Hi Ria, Yes you can use a brush cleanser of your choice to disinfect your tools. Just a reminder that a mild shampoo would work best for regular washing methods.

  2. Mai Choua Xiong says:

    for a quick disinfecting cleanse i use Parian Spirits. They are the best I have tried so far and it smells like citrus. I try to deep clean all my brushes at least once a week. For deep cleaning i use baby shampoo. thanks for a useful article

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