Knowing how to clean beauty blenders with these simple tips will not only save you time, it could save you money.
Dirty sponges don’t last as long as clean blenders, plus they’re a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt meaning all that money you’re spending on cleansers, spot creams and exfoliators is being wasted if you’re not keeping your tools clean.
Below we’ve outlined three methods, depending on how much time you have when you come to clean your beauty blenders, alongside our pick of the best cleansers and soaps based on our real-world tests. Alternatively, read how to clean makeup brushes.
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 10-15 minutes
The first way to clean beauty blenders is called the soap method. The best kinds of soaps to use are relatively low-strength ones, using powerful soap is more likely to dry out the sponge or break down the material entirely (products like Irish Spring Deodorant Soap, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or any of the beautyblender beautycleanser range are ideal).
How to clean beauty blenders with soap
This method shows how to clean beauty blenders if you’ve got time to do a proper job and a fair amount of energy.
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 1 hour+
The soaking method shows how to clean beauty blenders with minimal effort, but is the longest method of the lot.
How to clean beauty blenders using the soaking method
Cost: Around £5/$5 for the soap/cleanser | Time: 1 minute
This is certainly not a manufacturer-approved lesson in how to clean beauty blenders but it’s a popular, incredibly fast choice that proves popular online. The reason it’s not advisable is that the heat can damage the beauty blender and, if used too often, could see it start to flake or disintegrate. Not to mention the fact it’s dangerous.
How to clean beauty blenders using a microwave
We don’t recommend doing it this way, but if you’re going to do it, then at least do it safely following these steps:
And if your beauty blender just can’t be saved, here are our top three alternative blenders: Beautyblender Electric Violet Sponge (£17), Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99), My Kit Co My Flawless Blender Edge (£7).
Libby graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She’s worked as a researcher and writer for Heart Radio as well as a features writer for a Somerset newspaper. She’s since taken time out to travel, manage a hotel restaurant, do a lot of dog walking, and now works in London’s West End