The top 10 beauty tools you should clean

The top 10 beauty tools you should clean

Makeup brushes are one of the most frequently used beauty tools. Unfortunately, they can harbor bacteria that leads to pink eye and other infections. Here’s how to properly clean your makeup brush along with nine other common beauty tools.

The right brushes, sponges and products can make you feel less stressed, more confident and even more beautiful. But if you’re using dirty tools, it could be the opposite.

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Beauty tools have the potential to spread skin infections and cause you to feel uncomfortable. Makeup brushes and other products should be cleaned regularly to prevent this from happening. Here are some quick tips for cleaning our most common beauty tools.

The best solutions for keeping bacteria at bay: Cleaning the beauty tools you use daily. That means washing your makeup brushes, mascara spoons and other beauty essentials after each use. Not only are germs not cute, but they can also cause irritation and infection.

1. Tweezers

  1. For overall cleaning, wash the entire implement with hand soap and warm water.
  2. Then, dip the tips in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, or rub with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  3. Allow to air dry on a clean towel
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2. Makeup Brushes

  1. First, wet the brush well with cool, clean water. Try to wet only the bristle part to prevent weakening the adhesive that holds the brush to the handle.
  2. Place a dab of gentle shampoo or detergent in the palm of your hand. Swish the brush through the shampoo, making sure it gets into the center of the brush.
  3. Rinse with clean water, keeping the handle dry.
  4. Gently squeeze the water out of the bristles, keeping them lying as flat as possible. Lay the brushes flat on a towel to air dry at least overnight before using.
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3. Facial Brushes

  1. Unscrew the brush head.
  2. Use a few drops of liquid soap on an old toothbrush to scrub between the bristles.
  3. Rinse well with warm water, and then clean the handle with soap and a soft cloth.
  4. Allow the brush head to air dry overnight separated from the handle.
  5. Wet a cotton pad or ball with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and wipe down all the eyelash curler surfaces that come in contact with your eyes.
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4. Eyelash Curler

  1. Wet a cotton pad or ball with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and wipe down all the eyelash curler surfaces that come in contact with your eyes.
  2. Keep moving to a clean part of the pad as you work. When the curler looks clean, make one last pass with a clean pad dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  3. Rinse with cool, clean water because the alcohol can dry out any rubber or plastic components on the curler.
  4. Allow to air dry on a clean towel.
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5.Makeup Pencil Sharpeners

  1. Simply dip an old toothbrush into some rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and carefully scrub into the edges of the sharpener.
  2. Rinse well with cool water, and allow to air dry.
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6.Manicure and Pedicure Tools

  1. Metal implements should be washed with soap and water using an old toothbrush to get into the hard-to-reach areas. Then, clean the edges with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Plastic or synthetic materials, such as toe separators or nail brushes, should be wiped down with rubbing alcohol.
  3. Abrasive surfaces, such as nail files and buffers, can be cleaned by brushing with a clean nail brush.
  4. Make sure tools are completely dry and stored properly in a clean container. Do not leave dirty tools in an airtight container.
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7.Curling and Flat Irons

  1. Unplug the appliance, and make sure it is completely cool.
  2. Wet a cotton pad or ball with rubbing alcohol, and go over the sticky surfaces. You might need to use several pads to complete the job. Allow it to work for a few minutes. Then, wipe down the surface with a clean, damp cloth, and dry it with a soft cloth.
  3. If the surface still isn’t clean, you also can try a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water. Apply the paste to the sticky areas with a soft cloth, and scrub lightly. Wipe away the residue with a clean cloth dipped in water, and then dry with a soft cloth.
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8.Hair Brushes, Combs, and Accessories

  1. First, remove as much hair as possible from the brush or comb with your fingers or with tweezers.
  2. Next, dampen the brush or comb with water, and work in a bit of shampoo. Use your hands to work the shampoo into the bristles or teeth.
  3. Fill a sink with warm water, and allow the brush or comb to soak for at least 15 minutes. Note: For natural boar bristle, cushioned, and wooden hair tools, skip this soaking step, as it might damage parts of the tool. Instead, you might need to repeat step 2.
  4. Use an old toothbrush to loosen any residue that remains.
  5. Rinse well with warm water, and allow to air dry on a clean towel.
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Plastic and metal barrettes, headbands, and clips can be cleaned using the steps above. But you might also need to use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad to remove hairspray residue.

For fabric headbands and bows, follow label directions or spot clean with a gentle detergent and water. Allow the items to air dry. Then, spritz on a bit of spray starch or fabric sizing, and gently reshape with your fingers.

9.Shower Loofahs and Poofs

  1. After every use, rinse the loofah or poof well. Shake it out, and hang it to dry (outside the shower is best).
  2. At least once per week, clean the loofah or poof thoroughly by soaking it in a diluted bleach and water solution (1 tablespoon of household bleach to 2 cups of warm water) for five minutes. A poof also can be tossed in a washing machine with bath towels.
  3. Replace worn or visibly dirty or musty loofahs and poofs.
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10.Mirrors

Makeup brushes are one of the most frequently used beauty tools. Unfortunately, they can harbor bacteria that leads to pink eye and other infections. Here's how to properly clean your makeup brush along with nine other common beauty tools.
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  1. Make your own glass cleaner by mixing 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to label the container.
  2. Spray the homemade glass cleaner (or a commercial brand) on your mirror, and then wipe it down with a microfiber or other lint-free cloth.
  3. For any remaining tough hair spray stains on glass, wipe the area with a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Then, dry it with a lint-free cloth.

Conclusion

If you follow all of these tips, your beauty tools will last longer and have a much better chance to stay hygienic. They’ll also reduce your risk of getting skin infections and diseases. So don’t just limit yourself to cleaning one beauty tool at a time — clean them all. You’ll feel better about the job you just did, and you won’t dread doing it again in another week or so.

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