How to Clean Beauty Blender in Simple Steps

How often do you clean your beauty blender? Let me rephrase my question, do you ever clean your beauty blender? If you have never cleaned it, you need to make it a habit. Or, you don't know how to clean a beauty blender, so you have never done it. If that's the case, you do not need to worry. You can make it a habit because we have a guide to help you with that.

This guide has gathered all the necessary information to help you clean a beauty blender and other makeup sponges. Keeping your makeup sponge clean ensures you don't get breakouts from bacteria build-up.

Have you ever imagined what you'd see if you decide to cut open your beauty blender? If you rarely or never clean it, you'll find it very gross, so to avoid the build-up of makeup, clean your beauty blender at least every week. This will save you a lot of trouble, especially caused by bacteria build-up.

Let's see how to clean a beauty blender

1. Method One: Using Soap and Water

cleaning a beauty blender with a bar soap

Cleaning your beauty blender doesn't have to be complicated or be too much of a hassle. You can use soap and water and still get the best results.

What You'll need

  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Dish

i). Put your warm water in a small dish and add a few drops of soap. Avoid dish soap as it may irritate your skin later. Baby shampoos and any safe soap on your skin will work just well.

ii). Soak your makeup sponge in warm soapy water for about half an hour. Firstly, you'll need to dip the sponge in the water and squeeze it with your hand three to four times to ensure it soaks well.

iii). Add a few drops of a cleanser into the sponge and gently rub it. Then, apply soap directly onto the most heavily soiled areas. Ensure that you use a mild cleanser to avoid damaging your makeup sponge.

iv). Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into the sponge for 2-3 minutes. Note that using an abrasive or a scrubbing brush could damage the beauty blender.

v). Use warm running water to rinse the sponge. Do so by squeezing the sponge gently under water until all soap washes out.

vi). At this stage, you should analyze if the sponge is clean. You will see the clarity of water during rinsing, and this should help you tell whether or not all the cleanser has rinsed out.

vii). You should tell if the beauty blender is clean at this stage. If not, repeat the above procedure until the sponge gets clean. If it is clean as you desire, you'll move to the next step, the drying step.

viii). If you're satisfied with the results, you'll need paper towels. But first, you'll have to remove the excess moisture by giving the sponge a few squeezes. Then, wrap the wet sponge in a paper towel to absorb the remaining water once all the water has dripped out.

If the sponge remains wet after this step, place it in a cool and dry place and air dry well before use.

2. Method Two: Using a Microwave

Using the icrowave method to clean a eauty blender

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What You'll Need

  • A microwave
  • Water
  • Microwave safe cup
  • Shampoo

The best thing about the microwave method is that it is easy and kills germs instantly. The heat sanitizes the sponge to kill all germs and bacteria that could have been harbored there. This keeps the sponge safe to use on your skin. So, how do we go bout this? Just keep reading; it is simple.


i). First, add water in a microwave-safe cup, then add a few drops of liquid soap or a mild shampoo like baby shampoo. Ensure you add water that is enough to cover the sponge.

ii). Wet the beauty blender under running water, then dip it in the water and microwave for 60 seconds.

iii). Let it cool, then remove it from the microwave and check. At this point, your beauty blender should be clean, and the water will be colored. Once the water cools, remove the sponge and gently squeeze it.

Rinse it in clean running water until it runs clear. This indicates that the beauty blender is clean and ready for drying.

3. Method Three: Using Oil

Soap water removes oil residue and leftover makeup

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This double cleanse method is quite popular when it comes to skincare, and the same concepts apply to cleaning your beauty blender. Oil breaks down oil, so you can start with oil to clean your makeup brushes and other makeup tools.

What You'll Need

  • Cleansing oil
  • Liquid cleanser or bar soap
  • Water


i). Gently massage a few drops of coconut oil into the beauty blender until the makeup starts coming off. This method involves several steps. Once you have removed the dirt using oil, you will proceed to the next step, which involves soapy water.

The second part of the double will help remove all remaining traces of leftover makeup and the oily residue.

ii). In this step, you will need water and a mild soap or liquid blender cleanser. Add water to a small bowl and add a few drops of the liquid cleanser.

iii). Dip the sponge in the soapy water and keep squeezing it gently until all the dirt comes out.

iv). Rinse it under running water until the water runs clear, meaning that all the soap has cleared.

v). Once you finish washing it and are satisfied with the results, squeeze it to remove all the excess water.

vi). Put it in a cool place to dry completely.

4. Method Four: Using a Pad

washing a beauty blender with a silicone pad

Cleaning your makeup sponge needs just enough friction to remove the dirt and not too much that may damage it. So, you can also use a texturized silicone pad. However, you need to be keen and scrub the sponge gently to avoid making it sag or tear.

What You'll Need

  • Water
  • Silicone pad
  • Skin-friendly soap


i). Wet the dirty sponge by gently squeezing it under running water until it is soaked.

ii). Rub a bar soap or squeeze a liquid soap on the makeup sponge.

iii). Once the soap forms lather, run the makeup sponge along with the silicone nibs until all stains are gone. Do this gently to avoid damaging the beauty blender. Next, you can either add water in a bowl and rinse off the soap and dirt or rinse it under running water.

If you use a bowl, you may need to rinse it more than once to wash off all the soap. Ensure that your last rinse water runs clear, as this indicates that the sponge is clean and ready for drying.

iv). Keep it aside to air-dry completely. Note that if you dry it in a poorly ventilated area or a damp place, your makeup sponge is likely to harbor mildew.

How Do You Deep Clean a beauty blender?

Deep cleaning helps if you have extremely dirty sponges

If you wash your makeup sponges and realize that doing so repeatedly does not clean them, it a be time to deep clean them. Deep cleaning ensures that all the stubborn stains come out and disinfect your sponge, leaving it clean and safe for use again. Therefore, if you intend to deep clean them, let's go through the procedure.

What You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild cleanser
  • Bowl


Remember that this process is only necessary if you had initially cleaned the sponges by following the more easy methods and it failed to become spotless. So, it is done after the first wash. The beauty blender may fail to get clean if you had previously used it for long without cleaning it or if you use it more than once per day. This is normally due to the build-up of foundation and other types of makeup used.

i). Wet your sponge by holding it under running water for 30-60 seconds or until it has absorbed enough water to make it wet all over. You can also wet the sponge by placing it in a bowl full of water for up to 10 minutes.

ii). Apply cleanser to the heavily soiled parts of the sponge. Keep in mind that this is a makeup tool, so the soap you use should be as mild as possible, like a specially formulated blender cleanser, solid castile soap or liquid baby shampoo.

iii). Rub the sponge against your palm, working in circular motions and keep rubbing for p to 30 seconds or more. In a deep cleaning, the scrubbing should be more intense; however, keep it gentle such that you do not distort the shape of your beauty blender or sponge, as this could lead to tearing it.

The cosmetics lying deeper within the sponge will start coming out as you scrub it. Also, you will notice your palm getting tinted with the color of your foundation.

iv). Rinse the sponge under running water and keep scrubbing in your palm in circular movements. Keep rinsing till all the suds are gone.

This step may take time as you need to rinse the beauty blender until all the soap is rinsed out. So, keep rinsing as you gently squeeze it underwater and ensure that the water coming out is clear.

The last step of many cleaning processes ends with drying. Therefore, wring the excess water by squeezing the makeup sponge with your hand. If you have paper towels, you can use them to blot out the remaining moisture from the sponge.

The beauty blender is almost dry, but it still has damp spots. So you will need a well-ventilated area to air it so that it dries completely.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Clean a Beautyblender

1. Can I use olive oil to clean my beauty blender?

Yes, you may use olive oil to clean your beauty blender. To do so: To make a cleaning solution, combine olive oil, mild liquid dish soap, and water in a 1:1:1 ratio.

This solution should be used to clean the beauty blender, and then it should be rinsed clean. Some beauty experts believe olive oil's antimicrobial characteristics make it an effective cleaner.

2. How often should I clean a beauty blender?

It is ideal for cleaning a beauty blender after every use. However, this is not practical, so you can clean it thrice or at least once a week. Bacteria and grease can be found on any makeup equipment.

Breakouts, discomfort, illness, improper application, and damaged brushes can all be caused by a dirty brush or blender.

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