How to Clean a Beauty Sponge

Posted April 5, 2017 by Shanna

How many times have we picked up a dish sponge and that foul moldy smell has taken up residence. Probably too many times to count! We immediately toss it into the trash because we don’t want that touching something we eat off of yet so many women reuse their beauty sponges that are in far worse shape! Not only are you getting a less than perfect coverage because of all the old foundation trapped inside but you could be causing your face to break out or worse be applying mildew to your face…YUK!

It doesn’t have to be this way. Cleaning your beauty sponge is an easy task that will ensure you have a clean sponge that is up to the task of applying your foundation and concealer and it doesn’t require a lot of work.

I do two methods of cleaning my beauty sponge. Now wait before you go saying you don’t have time for that, if you have time to agonize over your winged liner you have time to make sure you are taking care of your face. First, I do daily care to get most of the product washed out that was used that day. Second, is more deep cleaning and removes all the makeup that the daily care can’t get rid of.

Daily Care:

After each use I fully rinse out my beauty sponge and clean it using a bar of soap. I keep my soap in a travel container in my bathroom.

Rinse your beauty sponge and fully saturate it with water.
Rub an area of the sponge onto the bar of soap.
Squeeze the soap out of the sponge and then rinse under running water.

Keep squeezing until water runs clear.
Move to next section and repeat until sponge is clean.
Allow to air dry in a well ventilated area (do NOT seal up the sponge in a bag).
See not so bad and if done every day takes maybe 1-2 minutes.

Weekly Care:

Once a week I do a deeper cleaning. Might seem over kill where we are cleaning it daily but you wait and see what comes out of your sponge.

Fill a container with warm water and a few drops of baby soap or liquid beauty sponge cleaner.
Drop sponge into container and squeeze sponge until it’s saturated.
Let set for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes the water will be dingy looking…this is good! It means that the crud that is deep down in has loosened and is ready to be washed away.

Rinse beauty sponge under running water until the water runs clear.
Allow to air dry in a well ventilated area (do NOT seal up the sponge in a bag).

If the water doesn’t run clear repeat the process. This is sometime needed if you’ve either used it a lot that week or it’s been a while since you’ve deep cleaned it.

Beauty sponges can be expensive and we want them to last as long as possible. Three months is the limit though and after that time no matter how meticulous you’ve been with your cleaning it’s time to say goodbye and replace it.

Have you tried a beauty sponge?  If so how do you keep it clean?
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