How to Clean Your Beauty Sponges

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Beauty sponges play a huge role in why I decided to stop airbrushing my makeup. My foundation applies flawlessly; think airbrushing without all the equipment. If you’ve landed on this page, I’m sure you’re already familiar with the magic they hold. I have a couple beautyblender branded sponges, but I prefer the ones Real Techniques makes because they’re much softer. These are the sponges I’m working with today.

I have 5 different sponges I rotate, so I don’t have to clean them too often. I wash them thoroughly every two to three weeks, depending on how much I’ve used them. I found a super thrifty way to clean them using Zote laundry soap. Also found at Walmart!

Zote is a solid bar that is often used in a lot of homemade Pinterest laundry soap recipes. As you can see, it’s quite large and heavy! My favorite thing about it is the embossing; I am able to get my beauty sponge sparkling clean if I wet the sponge and repeatedly rub it into the embossing. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly!

This is the technique I’ve found works best!

Left is a dirty sponge, right is the one I just cleaned with Zote.

I will use the soap whole until I wear the embossing down, then I will cut it into smaller chunks and press them into a comb or something else that will give it texture. Thus, getting my sponge looking bright and new every time.

I also use this same technique and soap with my makeup brushes, and it works just as well. For $1, it can’t be beat! No need to pay for the special cleaners, or go as far as making your own. If you can’t find Zote, using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap also does well!

These weren’t terribly dirty at the time of this post; a five year old picked them up with her dirty hands. Pet peeve so I had to clean them promptly, lol! Pick up some Zote and get to cleanin’!  😉


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