Perhaps it’s time to use these spring cleaning tips to clean your makeup stash? You probably have old beauty products lying around and that you should’ve disposed of ages ago!
Now, you really have to. Check out our beauty spring cleaning guide to know what to toss out, what to keep, and what to clean!
Spring Cleaning Tips | What to Toss Out and Keep
How to Spring Clean Beauty Products
I know, I know. There’s always that struggle of keeping a half-full foundation bottle just because it’s pricey and there’s still so much product in it!
But, do you know that if you keep using it past its expiration date, that you’re actually putting your skin at risk of bacterial infection? Now you do, it’s time to take action!
Can you imagine not being able to clean your beauty product stash for an entire year? Yes, that’s literally Spring 2020 to Spring 2021! Well, I think you do seeing the mess you have right in front of you right now.
So, the real question is, what are you throwing away and what will you be holding on to? In line with that, how will you clean (if applicable) those that you keep? Our comprehensive guide of spring cleaning tips will help you!
Cleaning Beauty Tools
As much as we all want to, not everything can be cleaned with soap and water, sad to say. Here’s a list of beauty tools that we all love using and instructions on how to clean them:
Replace rubber pads or remove stains with cotton pads and makeup remover.
Soak fake lashes in warm water with dish soap to allow the glue to peel off easily.
Remove the shavings, then use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to get into all of its little nooks and crannies.
Soak in warm water, then work through the bristles with shampoo. Rinse, then repeat.
Makeup Brushes and Sponges
Wash with warm water and a couple of drops of baby shampoo.
Clean from the inside out using makeup remover wipes. Return contents only when it’s completely dry.
Remove pesky strands with a toothpick.
Wash using a bit of soap and water, then rinse and hang dry.
Scrub with cotton and rubbing alcohol.
Run a toothbrush over the back vent to remove lint.
To sharpen, put an emery board between the tweezers, then tweeze and pull.
Soak in warm water for 2 minutes, dry off, then wiped with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball.
Clarisonic Brush Head
Wash with either dish soap, cleanser or shampoo, then use it against a towel for a minute.
Change every 3 to 4 weeks.
Throw in the wash with some detergent but avoid putting it in the dryer. Replace every 2 months.
Store in a dry place until it’s used again.
Keep track of your products’ lifespan by adding labels. This way you’ll know when it’s time to toss them away. When adding labels, start from the date you opened them. Check out the expiration dates of beauty products below:
2 to 3 months
These items must be replaced after 2 to 3 months:
- face peel/mask
- acne pads
- nail file
6 months to 1 year
These items must be replaced after 6 months to a year:
1 to 1.5 years
These items must be replaced after 1 to 1.5 years:
- lip gloss
- cream eye shadow
- face cream
- bar soap
- shower gel
- eyebrow gel
These items must be replaced after 2 years:
- lip and eye pencils
- nail polish
- powder eyeshadow and blush
- powder foundation
- body lotion
Hey girl! Now there’s no reason to keep your old beauty products or even continue using dirty beauty tools. These spring cleaning tips will be very helpful to you in keeping bacteria and skin diseases at bay.
Because seriously, nothing ruins your summer like horrible breakouts! So tell me, are you ready to start cleaning?
Do you have more spring cleaning tips you want to share? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 15, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.