Cleaning Makeup Brushes using Olive Oil, Baby Shampoo & an Oven Glove!

When you have acne-prone skin like I do, washing your make-up brushes is especially important. I’ve recently discovered some tips that make the whole cleaning process faster and easier, so I thought I’d share them here!


– Olive Oil (I’ve decanted mine into a bottle with a dropper)
Baby Shampoo (I transferred mine into a smaller bottle)
– Textured Silicone Oven Glove
Brush Guard


– Mix a couple drops of Olive Oil with Baby Shampoo on the glove
– Wet brushes and dip them in the Shampoo & Oil mixture
– Swirl each brush through the glove ridges to work the cleanser into the bristles
– Rinse under running water, using the ridges to remove all traces of soap
– Add more Shampoo to the glove (no oil needed this time).
– Swirl each brush in the cleanser & glove ridges to remove all traces of make-up from the bristles
– Rinse and repeat if necessary
– Squeeze the water out and slip on a Brush Guard
– Stand the brushes upside down to dry

  • I’ve been using the Baby Shampoo & Oil Mixture on my brushes for several years now. The baby shampoo is delicate enough to use on all brush types including natural fiber ones. The oil conditions the bristles while lifting off all make-up residue – it is definitely stronger than using Soap/Shampoo by itself. It is especially helpful in removing makeup residue from white bristles.
  • The Brush Guard has been a staple for me since 2010 – it lets you dry brushes upside down so that water doesn’t build up in the ferrule and loosen the bristles over time. It also reshapes the bristles so that your brushes look new after every wash.
  • Before I purchased my glove, I used to clean each brush in the palm of my hand – this was very drying on my skin! The textured glove protects your hand while making it easier and faster to clean all your brushes – and the non-absorbent surface means that you end up using less brush cleanser!

The silicone glove technique is something I learned from Makeup Savvy (read her post here). She discovered that an oven glove was a MUCH more affordable alternative to the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove ($35).
My glove cost $4 on clearance at Winners – SUCH a bargain! The Sigma version has different textures for different purposes (i.e.
Rinse, Refine & Wash) but the ridged surface of the oven glove is
sufficient to achieve the same level of cleanliness.

For a demonstration on how to clean your brushes using a silicone glove – watch Tiffany D’s video here. She uses the Sigma Glove but you can follow the same technique with your oven glove!

I love learning new techniques from blogs and Youtube. Hope you liked this post and found it helpful!

How do you clean your makeup brushes?



  1. shay
    June 13, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Great post! I use the olive oil but with dish soap… i definitely will pick up the oven glove and the brush guards for the next time!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 14, 2013 / 1:58 am

      Thanks Shay! Dish soap is so effective at cleaning brushes! But a MAC SA told me I should only use MU brush cleaner or baby shampoo on MAC brushes…I'm not sure if she was right but I didn't want to risk it so I switched LOL!

  2. pretty little things
    June 13, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    this just reminded me I need to clean my brushes! xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 14, 2013 / 1:59 am

      Too funny! I used to put it off and use other brushes – but now it's so quick and easy to wash my brushes in one go 🙂

  3. Suzie
    June 13, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    What a great idea to to use the glove. I hated using the palm of my hand too because it was so drying, so I didn't clean the brushes as much as I would like. I'm going to have to try this. I have the brush guards too.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 14, 2013 / 2:00 am

      Yes – my palm would be so irritated and dry by the time my brushes were clean LOL – it was SO not worth it! This is such a simple and effective solution – I'm so glad I found out about it 🙂

  4. Mehreen
    June 16, 2013 / 4:25 am

    Ohh I never used oil! And I def want brush guards !

  5. Lauren
    June 18, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    Great idea! I definitely need to try this! I usually use a Sephora one. xo

  6. Lindy May
    June 19, 2013 / 12:54 am

    I use baby shampoo but have never used oil with it. I usually put a few drops of shampoo in a bowl and run some warm water over it then add my brushes and let them disk for a few minutes. Then rinse well and dry.I love using a fresh clean brush!

  7. Melissa D
    June 19, 2013 / 6:17 am

    Thanks for sharing! This is a great idea, I'll have to try. The brushes look so clean :)A Day In The Life Of Mel:

  8. Fiona Chick
    January 19, 2015 / 5:02 am

    What a fab post. Using oil seems so obvious because it is great at lifting makeup from the face. I use coconut oil on my face and am considering using it on my brushes instead of olive oil. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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