How to Dispose of Makeup Brushes

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Are you looking for the best way to dispose of your old makeup brushes?

Maybe you recently had a massive decluttering and need to put the eyeshadow collection to rest.

Or potentially you’re wondering what the best options are if you want to save money and just recycle them.

Whatever the reason, this post will discuss all the various options available.

How to Dispose of Makeup Brushes

Here are the best ways on how to dispose of makeup brushes.

1. Dispose them in your local water treatment plant

2. Contact your local waste management company for assistance with disposal

3. Dispose them in a recycling bin for hazardous waste

4. Dispose of them in a trashcan (if they are not absorbent)

5. Bury them in a compost pile if you have one at home or work

6. Put them in the freezer if they are made of natural fibers (that will kill any bacteria) and then dispose of them when they are frozen solid

7. Put them on top of your car and drive around town until they fall off or until you get pulled over by police for driving unsafely (this is not recommended as it’s illegal, but it does work!)

Can You Use a Makeup Brush More Than Once?

You can use your makeup brush again and again!

You can use it to apply makeup to your face, you can use it to apply makeup to other parts of the body, or even other people.

Just be sure not to share the same brush with anyone else unless you want that person’s germs on your face.

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How Do You Tell if Your Makeup Brushes Need to Be Cleaned?

There are a few ways you can tell if your makeup brushes need to be cleaned.

One way is by looking at the bristles and making sure they’re clean. If they look dirty or have makeup on them, then you’ll need to clean them.

If they look clean, then you should be able to use them again without any issues.

Finally, if you feel like any of the bristles are falling out of their holders, then those particular brushes should probably be replaced so that you can continue getting good results from your makeup routine with minimal issues!

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

How often you should clean your makeup brushes depends on how often you use them.

If you do any kind of heavy-duty makeup, like contouring or doing a full face—or even if you just wear foundation every day—you should be cleaning your brushes every week.

On the other hand, if you don’t wear much makeup at all and only use it once in a while to touch up spots that need coverage, then once per month is probably fine!

How Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

If you’ve got a lot of makeup brushes—or even just one or two—you’re probably going to want to clean them.

It’s an easy, affordable habit that will keep your brushes in good condition and save you from having to buy new ones.

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And if you’re looking for some tips on how to properly care for your brushes and make the process go smoothly, we’ve got them here!

It’s best if you clean your makeup brushes once per week; however, if they’ve been used multiple times between cleanings (say over a weekend), go ahead and give them a quick wash right away so they don’t get clogged up with dirt or bacteria.

If this sounds like too much work, think about this: one hour spent cleaning your makeup tools is equivalent to four hours spent applying makeup!

Here are some ways that people clean their makeup brushes:

  • Soap and water
  • Brush cleaner (specifically designed for use with makeup brushes)
  • Baby shampoo (not recommended)

These three methods are proven successful at removing oil from bristles while also conditioning the brush itself after each use.

Some people swear by baby shampoo as well because it’s gentle enough not only on skin but hair as well—but others say it can break down bristles over time due to its high pH level.

Toothpaste also works well because it contains baking soda which acts as an abrasive agent; however, there is no scientific evidence backing up this claim so do what feels right for your skin type/needs!

Lastly, alcohol swabs have been known since ancient Egyptian times; just be sure not to go overboard with rubbing alcohol since too much exposure could dry out those precious bristles forever.

Should You Replace All of Your Makeup Brushes at Once?

No, you don’t need to replace all of your makeup brushes at once.

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It’s not necessary, but if you have a large collection and want to use them for different purposes or for different products, then it may be beneficial for you to do so.

Otherwise, we recommend keeping them until they become unusable or until they give up on life (aka start shedding like crazy).

A good rule of thumb is that if any brush starts shedding more than usual, smells bad, or starts looking dirty (i.e., there are black hairs sticking out), then it should probably be replaced.

Can You Throw Makeup Brushes in the Trash?


Never throw makeup brushes in the trash.

It’s a bad idea for lots of reasons, but mostly because there are better ways to dispose of them that don’t involve harming the environment and potentially exposing yourself to germs (which could lead to illness).

Final Thoughts

The way you dispose of your makeup brushes is important for a couple of reasons.

For one thing, you want to avoid contaminating the environment with any products that may be left on your brushes.

Of course, it’s also important to dispose of your makeup in a responsible way to limit the amount of trash that goes into the landfill, or if you’re already disposing of it responsibly, to supplement your existing disposal methods.

At the end of the day, the best way to do this will depend on what kind of brushes you have and what materials they are made of.