How to Clean a Beautyblender!


If you’ve seen these little pink egg-like sponges everywhere, it’s for good reason.

Beautyblender sponges (lovingly referred to as BB), are amazing for foundation application.  People love them, they are easy to use, kind of fun to use and actually do a great job with makeup application.

The issue is that most makeup sponges are disposable and mostly we don’t think about cleaning them.  But we know how important it is to clean our makeup brushes (and if you want to know how, you can check out this post on how to clean makeup brushes) and if we are reusing makeup sponges, then we had better clean them.

As we all know, dirty makeup tools lead to breakouts and uneven application, not to mention ruined tools, so cleaning is really important.  The Beautyblender needs to be cleaned frequently and properly.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these need to be replaced every few months (or depending on how frequently you use them more or less often) and they can be ruined if the wrong product is used.  I am always the first person to tell you about homemade solutions, so I will do my best here too.


On that note, I bought the starter kit that came along with the Blendercleanser, which is a special formula that is soy-based and won’t ruin the sponge, but will  remove the pigment from makeup as well as oil and dirt.  It has a gentle lavender scent which is really nice and does not linger on the sponge after it dries.  I have used it to clean other brushes too, and it works quite well.  It is also low-sudsing, which is actually quite important because rinsing the soap out of the sponge is quite a job.  But my friends, it comes with a hefty price tag.  I bought it because I know I was going to do a cleaning video on it, but I don’t know if I would have spent the dough otherwise.

DIY Beautyblender Cleanser

So when my bottle runs out, I will just use what I have at home to clean my BB.  In fact, my brushes are expensive and I’ve had many for a year or two, and they are in terrific condition because I clean them often and properly.  I use shampoo or my cleanser recipe and they are in amazing shape, go figure.  So, here’s what I suggest if that is the route you wish to take.  I would not recommend using bar soap, bleach, cleaning agents or the like.  However, I know that gentle dish soap and water, shampoo and water, or the formula I made in the video which is linked above would work equally as well as their Blendercleanser.  The key to this is you need to get all suds out of the sponge before letting it dry, if you manage that you are not going to harm your Beautyblender.  Now I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard people in the makeup community say that cleaning it with facial cleanser works well, but if you use an expensive facial cleanser you may not want to waste it that way.  I would avoid any hard cleansers though, just a word of caution.

Steps to cleaning your Beautyblender:

1. Dampen the sponge slightly.  You don’t want it soaking, but you do want it moist enough to take in the soap.

2. Dab a dime-sized amount of Blendercleanser or solution onto the stained areas.

3. Massage the soap into the areas, pressing and kneading it well.  Work the stained areas well with your fingertips.

4. Add water and start to rinse.  Squeeze the sponge rapidly and work the stains out during this process.

5. Keep rinsing and squeezing the sponge until you see no suds (in my experience this takes a while, and with dish soap or a sudsy shampoo this will take even longer).

6. When the water runs clear, gently roll it in a clean towel to remove moisture and then lay it flat to dry.  If you kept the pedestal it came with, you can set it there to dry as well.

I’m very prone to breakouts so I wash mine after each use.  But, if you are blessed with perfect skin, then you can probably get away with doing it once a week (Again, depending on frequency of use).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to clean a Beautyblender!

What are your BB cleaning tips?


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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Tried using shampoo. It sorta worked. There’s still some foundation in it so I’ll try wash it again tomorrow. Just noticed a tiny rip in my beauty blender while washing it

  2. Hi, so I washed my beauty blender with shampoo, and now it doesn’t want to get back to the shape it was, if I squeeze it it stays like that and does not get back to its normal shape
    Help me please, tell me what to do

  3. I went to Blue Mountain Village in Collingwood, ON and used the complimentary soap to clean my sponge. Not only did it clean it, it got rid of all the previous makeup that I couldn’t get out with other cleansers!!! I had tried shampoos, baby bath soap, hand soaps of all kinds but nothing worked as well as this little round complimentary soap. I scooped up all the opened soaps and a brand new one. When I got home, I used it on my make up brushes. When I used to clean them, I’d have to do it a few times to get them really clean. With this soap, two passes and they are clean. The soap is “nourish a spa line renewing body bar”. Looks like a brand mainly sold to hotels.

  4. Will you do a packing video for packing a beauty bag (quart-size baggie) for a carry-on and your tips in staying healthy on an airplane for a long flight haul?

  5. I washed mine with face wash thinking it would work and it grew almost 2 times its original size which means there is still liquid in it but i can not get any more out it is drying right now but i’m afraid, what should i do?

  6. Hi Melissa,
    I don’t know what’s up with my beauty blender. I got a white one, and after a couple uses there is a huge green spot all over the bottom which I don’t know how it got there because I haven’t used anything green on it. And there are black spots on it as well, and I haven’t used anything black on it. Please help.

    • That definitely sounds like mildew or mold. I would throw it away ASAP and get another one! Please don’t put that on your face! The reason this probably happened was you cleaned your sponge and it was still damp. You probably stored it in a closed / non-ventilated area, and it trapped in the moisture and caused that. My sponge came in a little plastic cylindrical container, so what I do is after I wash it thoroughly, I also dry it a little more with a towel, and then place it on TOP of it’s little container. After a few hours, I turn it back over on the opposite end to dry that end too. Or you could simply just leave it sitting out flat to dry to make it easier. 🙂 I have pets and roommates, so I never leave mine unattended. Good luck to you!

    • That means that it’s growing mold!! Please throw it away! Maybe you didn’t squeeze out all the water after cleaning it?

    • That’s mold. You need to throw it away, and make sure that when you get a new one to leave it out on a towel to dry so that it doesn’t catch mold if you leave it to dry in a closed container.

    • Hey, it sounds like your beauty blender has gone moldy. The first BB I bought grew black/green spots after a few weeks use as I didn’t let it fully air dry before putting it into container. When you’re drying your BB, squeeze ALL moisture out and leave it somewhere to dry for a few hours before putting it in its container/makeup bag…hope this helps 🙂

    • I hate to say it but u will need to throw the sponge away, it has mold n can not be removed . Next time when u wash ur future beauty blender make sure u leave it out in a well ventilated area to fully dry .

  7. hi!i want to ask if i can use fresh,pure aloe vera(from the leaf) in the hand gel.sorry for posting this comment here,but i couldn’t post it on the actual article(don’t know why..:() thank you!

  8. Hi Melissa-
    I just came across your site a few nights ago and it is great. I’ve looked through your videos, but maybe I missed the answer to my cleaning problem. Here it is: I bought an older house (built in 1930s) and it is great. One problem is that there is old, ground-in dirt stored up in the corners. I’ve tried vinegar on q-tips, knives on rags, this dirt just doesn’t want to leave. Do you have any tips for me?

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