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Cleaning Beauty Tools – It’s Easy And Here’s How

Cleaning Beauty Tools – It’s Easy And Here’s How
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Cleaning beauty tools is vital, but let's be honest it's something we don't all do! Or at least as much as we should. If the reason you aren't cleaning your beauty tools is because you don't know how, our handy guide is here to help.

When it comes to cleaning beauty tools, there are some we all use and these are covered below. Please take care when cleaning anything electrical - unplug, leave to cool, use sense. Don't ever submerge electrical tools in water or use them when wet. Make sure any cleaning solutions are wiped away before use.


cleaning hairbrushes
Take a moment to think about your hairbrush(es). Gunky? Full of hair? It's ok, we won't judge! But that's not making your hair look great and a hairbrush is so easy to clean. Start by combing out any hair and use a pair of small nail scissors to snip out pesky strands. Once you've taken out the hair you're ready to wash. A solution of shampoo and tea tree oil is perfect. Use an old toothbrush or makeup brush to really get into those nooks and you'll be amazed at the difference.


cleaning makeup brushes
If you have super expensive brushes then you should use the proprietary cleaner that came with them. However there are still inexpensive ways to wash makeup brushes. Baby shampoo is your friend here and you may choose to add a little olive oil if you want to nourish the strands. A few drops of tea tree oil are ideal to disinfect, or you can use antibacterial hand gel (really!). Squirt the shampoo / oil / tea tree / gel onto a plate and rub the brush around in the mixture. Rinse thoroughly in warm water then dry hanging up to help brushes keep their shape.


cleaning flat irons and stylers

These are really easy to clean, but we bet you never have! All you need is a microfibre cloth and some kitchen disinfectant (any will do). Apply disinfectant to the cloth then rub over the plates (cold please, although slightly warm irons will help remove deposits). With a paper towel and a little water, wipe over plates to remove any product. Keeping your plates smooth and clean and free of product build-up makes a huge difference to the way they work. Hairdryers may seem less obvious (unless you've invested in the new £299 Dyson dryer!) but there is a way: just locate the vent on the back of the dryer (this bit) and unscrew/unclip it. Remember to unplug the dryer and let it cool first! Use an old toothbrush to brush out the lint and the dirt (ewwww) and replace the vent. Does it work better? Of course!!


cleaning tweezers, extractors and scissors

Ever cleaned your tweezers? We REALLY hope you have!! And let's not go there with extractors!!!! Fill a cup with hot water straight from the kettle and add a dash of tea tree oil or disinfectant. Then simply leave the tool to soak in the hot water until it goes cold. Wipe dry with a clean microfibre cloth or paper towel and you're good to go. Easy!


cleaning sponges

Makeup sponges (in particular BeautyBlenders) need to be washed regularly, but take care not to use a very foaming soap or you'll be rinsing forever. Use a sulphate-free shampoo if possible or better still pop them in the wash inside a makeup bag and they'll be like new.

Now that was painless wasn't it??
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