How to Clean a Beautyblender or Makeup Sponge

Learning how to clean a Beautyblender or makeup sponge is important for preventing breakouts, build-up, and skin irritation.

Close-up of a hand holding a Beautyblender.

Step 1: Run the makeup sponge under warm water for 10 seconds

To get started, run your Beautyblender or makeup sponge under warm water for 10 seconds.

You can allow it to soak up water and squeeze it out. This will give it a head start, as it’ll remove some build-up and prime the makeup sponge for cleaning.

Step 2: Squirt dish soap onto the makeup sponge

Grab your dish soap and squirt a dime-sized amount onto your makeup sponge. Dawn dish soap works very well. However, you can use whatever you have.

Dish soap works well because it breaks down oil and grime, which will give your makeup sponge a thorough clean.

Step 3: Create a lather by massaging it

This is where the magic happens. Massage the makeup sponge with your fingers to create a lather. Be gentle and patient when you’re creating a nice lather.

Step 4: Rinse and squeeze

After you’ve worked the soap into the makeup sponge, rinse it under warm water. Then, squeeze the water out. Keep rinsing and squeezing until the water that comes out of the sponge is clear. If you need to, add more dish soap and run it through another round.

Step 5: Let it air dry

The last step is to allow it to air dry. While you can place it on the counter or a towel, the best way to dry it is on a mesh rack. Mesh allows air to circulate underneath, which keeps it from building up moisture. It’ll lead to a complete dry.

Frequently asked questions

Can I clean my Beautyblender or makeup sponge in the microwave?

Putting the Beautyblender in a microwave to clean it went viral in 2018. However, it damages your makeup sponge. So, it’s best to stay away from this method.

How often should I replace my makeup sponge?

If you regularly clean your makeup sponge and use it every day, aim to replace it every three months. If you don’t use it often, it can last up to 6 months.

Can I clean my Beautyblender with coconut oil?

Yes, you can clean your Beautyblender with coconut oil. When you do, be sure to follow it up with soap to use the double cleansing method.

Are there any alternatives to the dish soap method?

Yes, another method is to rub the makeup sponge against bar soap. Then, rinse and squeeze it. If you need to, keep repeating the cycle until it’s clean.


To keep your Beautyblender or makeup sponge hygienic and ensure it lasts longer, take time to clean it after every use. It’s easy to do, and your face will thank you because it’ll help prevent breakouts and skin irritation.

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