How To Clean Beauty Blenders In The Microwave

Sure, rubbing an egg-shaped beauty blender on your face feels great, and it smooths make-up like nobody's business. But as everyone with an elaborate skincare routine knows, getting make-up off of any surface is not easy, especially when it has been firmly ground into an oblong sponge.

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First, let's back up. Why would you even want to clean off the sponge, anyway? Because you're presumably doing your whole makeup routine again tomorrow, and you want fresh tools with as little buildup of old makeup, dead skin cells and bacteria as possible. The painter cleans their brush, the make-up artist washes their foundation applicator. There are a lot of ways to do this, depending on how much time and effort you want to put in, but one hack for easy cleaning is going viral yet again in Twitter moments:

Pop that egg-y into a cup of soapy water, microwave it for one minute, and it will come out clean. It will also be filled with boiling water, so don't thrust your fingers in there. Pour it out in the sink and give it a little cold water rinse and squeeze.

This is actually something people have been doing for a while, and they have the visual proof it works:

Dramatic results from a simple solution. Just make sure you put it in a cup of water and not, say, directly on the microwave's glass plate:

Some have argued that these exact results are achievable in approximately the same amount of time simply by scrubbing it with a bar of soap, though that does sound like more work:

YouTube beauty vlogger Aaliyah Jay weighed in on the circulating trend to simply say, however you do it, clean that blender every time you use it.

And let it dry out! She also suggests you throw the blender out and get a new one at least every three months. That seems reasonable if you want to rub highlighter across your cheekbones instead of glittery mould. Happy blending.


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