How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes With An Ultrasonic Cleaner

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Dirty brushes can cause acne breakouts, irritation, and even bacterial and fungal infections.

Cleaning your makeup brushes can feel like a back-breaking task. The washing, scrubbing, and drying process is time-consuming and can take a herculean effort. But, using dirty makeup brushes can wreak havoc on your skin - causing rashes, acne, irritation, and potentially dangerous bacterial and fungal infections.

Luckily, with all of the cleansers available on the market, cleaning your brushes can be easy. Ultrasonic cleaners are one of the quickest, and most effective ways to keep your makeup brushes clean and free of bacteria without lifting a finger. Keep scrolling to learn how to use an ultrasonic cleaner machine to keep your makeup brushes (and your skin) clean.

Why Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

Makeup brushes harbor dirt, oil, product buildup, and dead skin cells - which makes them a breeding ground for bacteria. Using dirty makeup brushes on your skin, eyes or lips can cause acne breakouts, clogged pores, skin irritation, and infections like E. coli, or staph infection.

To keep your skin healthy, it is vital to clean and sanitize your makeup brushes regularly.

How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?

It is recommended to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week - sometimes more or less depending on how much use the brushes are getting, and your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may need to wash more often to keep irritation at bay.

What is an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

Ultrasonic cleaners use high-frequency sound waves transmitted through a liquid solution to lift dirt, grime, and contaminants without harsh chemicals or scrubbing. This allows for deeper cleaning than traditional cleaning methods like washing or hand washing. Ultrasonic cleaner machines are available in a range of sizes and can be used to clean a variety of items, including jewelry, makeup brushes, retainers, dental tools, eyeglasses, Apple watches, AirPods and more.

Can Ultrasonic Cleaners Disinfect Makeup Brushes?

Did you know that in addition to washing your makeup brushes, you should also be disinfecting them at least once a month? Washing your brushes with soap and water doesn't actually kill germs -  it simply reduces the number of germs. Ugh.

The AAD suggests using rubbing alcohol to spray or soak the bristles of your brushes - and then letting them dry overnight. Alternatively, UVC light has been used for decades as a highly effective sterilization method. UVC sterilizer devices kill 99.99% of harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses on surfaces without any toxic chemicals.

By combining professional-grade ultrasonic cleaning power with UV-C disinfection technology, the Ultrasonic + UV-C sterilizer deep cleans and disinfects your brushes in just 5 minutes. Say goodbye to scrubbing. And, this 2-in-1 device can be used on a variety of personal items, including jewelry, AirPods, electronics, dental tools, keys, and more.

How Do You Use An Ultrasonic Cleaner?

If you are new to ultrasonic cleaning technology, here’s a walk-through on how you can use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean makeup brushes:

Simply fill the inner tank of the ultrasonic machine with tap water. If your brushes are extra dirty, add a dash of Dawn dish soap. Submerge your brushes into the water, and close the lid. Turn ON the machine, and select your cleaning cycle. If you're using the Ultrasonic + UV-C sterilizer, you can choose from ultrasonic mode, UV disinfection, or a 2-in-1 mode. After the quick cleaning cycle finishes, remove your brushes, rinse under water, and lay flat to dry.

Is It Safe For Makeup Brushes? 

Ultrasonic cleaning machines are the gentlest way to clean your brushes. Unlike washing by hand, ultrasonic machines do not require scrubbing or harsh chemicals. Instead, they use ultrasonic sound waves to create microscopic bubbles that implode, creating a wave of energy that lifts dirt and grime from every bristle.

The Takeaway

Neglecting your makeup brushes can cause a host of skin issues. Cleaning your brushes weekly can help prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria that irritate your skin. While there’s a wide array of makeup brush cleaners to choose from, ultrasonic cleaner machines are the most effective method to keep your brushes in pristine condition with minimal effort. An Ultrasonic + UV-C sterilizer that combines professional-grade ultrasonic cleaning power with UV-C disinfection makes it quick and easy to deep clean and sanitize your makeup brushes.

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