Ensure you are cleaning these often-overlooked everyday items!
Warning, you may never look at your makeup brushes the same again. Bacteria build-up on makeup brushes can lead to breakouts, decrease the brush life, and in some cases, may transfer pinkeye to your unsuspecting eyes.
How To Clean Makeup Brushes
How Regularly: Once a week to once a fortnight
Spot Cleaning: After each use, spot cleaning your brush with a cloth and makeup cleaner will help prevent any immediate risk.
- Using a pea-sized amount of brush cleaner, baby wash or a gentle shampoo and softly rub your brush fibres in your hand.
- Rinse your brush under water (always facing fibres down) until the water runs clear.
- To dry properly, lay flat on a dry surface overnight.
Note: Never share your makeup brushes to prevent passing on any infections.
Hairbrushes can be a playground for dust, dirt, oil and even dust mites. And to think, this is regularly being used in your hair! This build-up increases your chance of frizz, oily hair and creepy crawlies. Ick!
How To Clean Hairbrushes
How Regularly: Once a week to once a month
- Using a pick, lift any hair from the base of the brush.
- Cut through the hair using scissors to easily remove the hair before cleaning.
- Create a cleaning mixture using baking soda, mild shampoo and water.
- Use a toothbrush to scrub the brush with the mixture.
- Once any grime has been lifted, rinse off any excess and lay flat to dry.
If you have ever noticed marks or small flecks of grime on your clothes when you take them out of the washing machine, there is a good chance your washing machines needs cleaning.
How To Cleaning A Washing Machine (Front Loader)
How Regularly: Once every 1 to 2 months
- Place 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar in your washing machine.
- Run a normal, hot wash cycle.
- Once the wash cycle is complete, use a damp cloth to remove excess build-up, leftover from the wash.
- Leave the door open to air dry.
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