In a perfect world we would wash excess foundation from our blenders after every use. Sometimes that’s not always possible, often we are in a rush for work, evening out or on the go without access to soap & water.

We also understand, that not everyone is the type to meticulously clean their blender every single time. A deep-clean not only helps to remove unsightly excess foundation. Regular cleaning will also help to reduce harboring bacteria, which can lead to breakouts and pink eye.

We put together some great tried and tested products, when giving your blender a deep-clean when you’ve fallen a tad behind schedule. Decide what works best for you.

Makeup blender sponge cleaning solutions

The Dupes

  • Dishwasher liquid & coconut or olive oil Baby oil & shampoo
  • Regular bar soap
  • Next time you stay at a hotel, pick up a bar of guest soap!
  • Dr. Bronner’s castille soap
  • Handmade liquid castile soap from $3 @ Liquid hand soap
  • Face wash
  • Baby wash or baby shampoo

The Real Deal

  • Beauty Blender solid cleanser
  • Beauty Blender liquid cleanser
  • ELF Brush cleanser
  • Sephora solid brush cleanser
  • Ulta makeup brush & sponge cleaner
  • Japonesque solid brush cleanser
  • Japonesque makeup brush cleanser
  • Ecotools makeup brush cleansing shampoo
  • Real Techniques Deep cleansing gel

Top Tip –  makeup blender sponges that are extra cake-y, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before you wash.

Drying and storing your makeup blender after cleaning

Squeeze excess water from your blender, then use a paper towel to absorb as much remaining water as possible. Leave your makeup blender to air dry or store in a well ventilated case.