The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Cleaning Beauty Sponges

I see all sorts of misinformation regarding cleaning beauty sponges floating around out there. Yes, they can be cleaned and reused. You don’t need to throw them out all the time. Yes, they MUST be cleaned just like any other beauty tool that touches your face. No, you should not use things like salicylic acid because they have a porous surface. Just because your face also has pores doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to use pore-unclogging chemicals on your sponge! So how do you clean them?

There was an awesome post about this method on another blog, but when I looked for it today I found the website had been taken down! I wanted to write it down again so others could use this simple method. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cleaning things; if something is complicated to clean, it will not get cleaned. This method takes a total of 20 minutes or so but only needs about five minutes of work (the rest is just soaking and drying time). And it requires things you probably already have so there’s no need to buy expensive soaps. Win-win!

The Lazy Girls Guide to Cleaning Beauty Sponges

Things you need: Dawn dish soap (to get grease and germs out) and a microwave-safe bowl deep enough to completely submerge your sponges.

1. Microwave water in the bowl for about 60-90 seconds until the water is hot. It doesn’t need to be boiling, but the heat will help disinfect your sponges.

2. Put in about a tablespoon of Dawn (or equivalent) dish soap and stir it until the water is frothy.

3. Place your sponges in the water and squeeze them so they fill with water. Leave them to soak for 15 minutes.

4. After 15 minutes, the water should get murky as the makeup starts to come out of the sponge. Take the sponge out of the water and rinse.


5. While rinsing you will see a large amount of makeup come out, but there may be some spots that are still stained. I notice these accumulate where I use the sponge the most. To get this makeup out, you need to put more soap directly on these spots and gently massage them with your hands under running water.

6. After massaging the stained spots, all the makeup should be out! Now you can squeeze out the excess water and leave them to air dry.

Remember that these sponges don’t last forever and will need to get tossed out eventually. Make sure to be gentle while washing so your nails don’t catch and tear the material. You can probably see that one of my sponges is starting to flake apart and needs replacing. Regular washing will, however, extend the life of your tools.

Do you have any makeup brush cleaning hacks to share? I’d love to hear them!

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