I love the new year because it’s all about renewal for me. This week I’m working on refreshing a few spaces and things that have been overlooked for many months (maybe even years). I’m going to be these three things need your attention. Wondering if you should and how to clean your tweezers, hairbrushes and other dirty things in your home? Today, I’m sharing a few tips to tidying up those every day things that are often overlooked on cleaning day.
One drawer in our bathroom is fairly organized with small baskets. These baskets hold various things, including all of our instruments like nail clippers, scissors and tweezers.
I can’t remember the last time any of these tools had been cleaned. This thought coupled with the realization that the tweezers I use for my brows is spooning with the toenail clipper pretty much grossed me out.
So, what can I tackle today and finish?
How to quickly clean your tweezers, hairbrushes and other dirty things
Gather up all your stainless steel items (toe and nail clippers, tweezers, small beauty scissors, nail file, cuticle pusher, extractors, eyelash curler, etc.).
You have two options how to properly clean these items so that all bacteria is diminished. Soak items in a diluted solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts boiling water for at least 10 minutes or soak in rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes. Immediately dry items to prevent rusting.
For three heads of hair, we own about ten hairbrushes and combs in our house. My daughter and I often share brushes, and again, I found myself pretty disgusted by how dirty our hair brushes were.
I use a good amount of hair products and they were just coated. Here’s a good article on how often we should clean our hairbrushes.
And then there are my makeup brushes. Everyday for months, I’ve been telling myself how badly I need to clean my makeup brushes. Clean makeup brushes are so much better for the health of my skin, obviously.
My makeup looks less ruddy when applied with a clean brush. This always seems like a labor intensive task and sometimes it can be if I have a lot of brushes to clean. I’m guilty of buying new brushes to avoid cleaning the ones I have. And I wonder why I have so much clutter?
Updated for 2020
Some of my favorite cleaning products are still listed below but I wanted to update this post to share two new finds. First is MUA Professional Brush Cleansing Balm. It’s made with goats milk and removes dirt and grime. You can find it at most CVS drugstores.
The second product is from Sonia Kashuk and it called Quick Clean Dry Brush Spray. I use this one in a pinch and it works wonders!
I like to use baby shampoo and Dr. Bronner’s Castile liquid soap in rose (smells so good!) as a cleaning agent. I recently bought this cleaning gel from Real Techniques that worked well but the other options are definitely more cost effective. Finally, the secret tool to getting your brushes really clean is one Megan shared with me long ago. It’s a silicone egg and it works miracles.