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There are two main ways to clean your beauty blender: with soap and water, or with the microwave method (for stubborn stains). Here's how to do both:

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Method 1: Cleaning with Soap and Water

This is a quick and easy method for regular cleaning.

  • What you'll need:

    • Beauty blender
    • Mild soap (dish soap, castile soap, or a beauty blender cleanser)
    • Water
    • Clean towel
  • Steps:

    1. Wet your beauty blender: Run warm water over your beauty blender and get it completely soaked.
    2. Lather the soap: Apply some mild soap directly onto the beauty blender and work it into a lather. You can also lather the soap in your hands first and then massage it into the sponge.
    3. Gently squeeze and massage: While lathered, gently squeeze and massage the beauty blender to loosen and remove makeup residue. Pay attention to stained areas.
    4. Rinse thoroughly: Rinse the beauty blender under clean running water until the water runs clear and there are no more soap suds.
    5. Squeeze out excess water: Gently squeeze the beauty blender to remove as much excess water as possible. Don't wring it out harshly, as this can damage the sponge.
    6. Air dry: Place the beauty blender on a clean towel in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely. Avoid drying it in direct sunlight or near heat sources.

Method 2: Microwave Cleaning (for stubborn stains)

Note: This method can be a bit risky for your beauty blender if not done carefully, so only use it for stubborn stains and proceed with caution.

  • What you'll need:

    • Dirty beauty blender
    • Microwave-safe bowl or cup
    • Mild soap or beauty blender cleanser
    • Water
    • Clean towel
  • Steps:

    1. Wet your beauty blender: Dampen your beauty blender slightly.
    2. Soap it up: Add a few drops of mild soap or beauty blender cleanser to the microwave-safe bowl or cup. Fill the cup with enough warm water to cover the beauty blender completely. Swirl the soapy water to create a lather.
    3. Microwave: Place the damp beauty blender in the soapy water solution. Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds (depending on your microwave wattage). Be cautious! Overheating can damage the beauty blender. Start with 30 seconds and see if that loosens the stains.
    4. Let it cool: Carefully remove the cup from the microwave (it will be hot) and let the soapy water cool down completely before handling the beauty blender.
    5. Rinse and dry: Rinse the beauty blender thoroughly under clean running water to remove soap residue. Squeeze out excess water and dry completely on a clean towel in a well-ventilated area.

General Tips:

  • It's recommended to clean your beauty blender after every use to prevent bacteria growth and makeup buildup.
  • You can also spot clean your beauty blender in between washes with a damp cloth and a bit of soap.
  • Consider replacing your beauty blender every 3 months or so, especially if you notice it's not bouncing back to its original shape or if it has a lingering odor despite cleaning
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