The new year is all about renewal for me. This week I am working on refreshing a few spaces and things that have been overlooked for many months. I’m going to bet these three things need attention in your house too. Wondering if 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 things you use everyday.
I currently have an overwhelming desire to declutter my house. On the surface, my house is pretty neat and clean. It’s important for me to have a clutter free space otherwise I find myself starting to feel a little out of control. My biggest problem though is my inability to get things back into their proper spots. I’m learning that it’s because my spaces are packed and simply cannot take anymore stuff so it spills out onto every flat surface in my home. This is obviously something I can’t fix in one day and it’s going to take me some time to work through every cabinet and drawer but it has become my personal mission this year to live a calmer life at home and that starts with the clutter.
So, what can I tackle today and finish?
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.
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 lingering 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. But, even for application. My makeup looks less ruddy with a cleaner 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?
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.
I’m embarrassed at how dirty my personal care items were before spending a couple of hours sanitizing it all. These things are so overlooked – at least at my home – and I use them daily. I challenge you to do one of these tasks before today is up and you will feel so much better about your space and the things in it.