Ah, the beauty blender, that magical pink sponge that makes dabbing on foundation a literal joy. But when that beautiful pink becomes foundation-tinged all the joy translates into: How do I clean a beauty blender and am I going to break out from this? Fret not — it’s super easy. We’re not kidding when we say it’s easy enough to do every time you apply your makeup: simply soap up, lather, and rinse.

If you’ve got a load of laundry ready, you can also plop your blender into a delicates bag and throw it in as well. Seriously, they’re not hand-wash only! Sadly, cleaning your blender regularly probably won’t keep the color totally fresh. That’s just the breaks when you’re dealing with pigments. To get that fresh-out-of-the-box color again, you’ll have to get a fresh-out-of-the-box blender. Want to learn how to clean makeup brushes, too? We’ve got you.

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How to Clean a Beauty Blender in the Sink

You’ll need:
A gentle cleanser, like baby shampoo or blendercleanser from beautyblender
A sink
A microwave
A keep.it.clean scrub pad by beautyblender (optional)

Step 1: Soak.

Add a bit of baby shampoo to enough water to submerge your blender. If you’re doing a quick clean you can skip this step.

Step 2: Lather.

Squeeze your blender in your hand, careful not to twist or pinch it. If you skipped the soaking step you can simply dab a bit of cleanser on your blender, run it under water for a moment, and get the lather going. (This method also works for spot-cleaning any deep or set-in stains.) If you have a keep.it.clean you can rub your blender along it gently to work it. Gently is definitely the key word here — if you go too crazy, your blender will definitely.

Step 3: Rinse.

Rinse with cold water, squeezing and re-rinsing until the water runs clear and soap-free. Drain any excess water out by squeezing (and rolling in a towel if you want).

Pro Tip: Your beauty blender might not look clean — the makeup that’s been on it is pigmented after all! — but if the water you squeeze out of it is clear, the sponge is clean.

Step 4: Sanitize and dry.

Pop your beauty blender into the microwave for about 30 seconds — stop it if it looks like it’s expanding. This will sanitize it! Then let sit on top of its canister or on a soap dish to finish drying out. You’ll find your blender back in the case in the morning, dry, half the size it is wet, and ready to get back to work.

How to Clean a Beauty Blender in the Washing Machine

If you’re throwing your laundry in already, grab your beautyblender and clean it while you’re at it. We’ve found that this method leaves our blenders a bit fluffier than the sick method — but of course we don’t always have a load of laundry going every morning.

You’ll need:
Delicates bag
Washing machine
Gentle laundry detergent
Load of towels, or dark clothes that aren’t precious

Step 1: Bag your blender.

Pop your blender in the bag. This’ll keep you from losing track of it and from anything catching onto it.

Step 2: Wash.

We like to throw ours in with a load of towels — no zippers to snag! We don’t recommend putting it in with anything that’ll pick up the pigments and never let them go.

Step 3: Let dry.

Pull the blender out of the bag and let it dry atop its case.

How to Clean a Silicone Makeup Sponge or SiliSponge

You’ll need:
Soap, regular hand soap works great here
Warm water

Glossary: Never heard of a SiliSponge? It’s a piece of silicone that’s about two inches long by one inch wide and about a quarter of an inch thick. Unlike beauty blenders, which are made of sponge, silicone puffs aren’t porous. All of the makeup you put on the applicator will either make it to your face or will stay on the silicone — none will soak into the applicator.

Step 1: Soap.

One reason we love silicone makeup sponges is they’re super easy to clean. Just use a tiny pump of hand soap — you really don’t need much. We like to pump the soap right onto the part of the silisponge with the most makeup.

Step 2: Scrub.

Use your thumb or fingers to work the soap into a lather. You’ll see the soap start to foam and pick up the pigment from your makeup. Make sure you get soap into all of the edges.

Step 3: Rinse.

Once you have the soap worked up well, rinse the sponge under the water. Keep rubbing it until all of the makeup and soap residue are gone.

Step 4: Dry.

There’s nothing fragile about silicone — so any type of towel will work. Give it a quick wipe and you’re all set!

How to Make Your Beauty Blender Last Longer

1. Soak it before you use it. When there’s water inside the sponge, it won’t be able to absorb anything else, like all that $$$ makeup. After the soak, give the blender a squeeze so it’s not dripping wet.

2. Use the back of your hand like a palette. Instead of pumping foundation onto the sponge itself, use the back of your hand as a palette and dip your blender into the makeup. This’ll help you get the right amount onto the sponge and prevent it from soaking into the blender.

3. Go easy on it. Use gentle pressure when you’re dabbing — the harder you press the more you’re asking your blender to absorb without cracking.

4. Never wring it out! Squeeze, but don’t wring. We’ve ripped a number of blenders in half trying to wring them dry.

How Often Should I Be Replacing My Beautyblender?

We like to replace ours when they start to fall apart, crack, or crumble which is usually about three or four months for us. If you notice that you’re breaking out more than usual, it doesn’t hurt to grab a new beauty blender to see if an old one was the culprit.

In Sum

Step 1: Submerge your beautyblender in water spiked with some baby shampoo or blendercleanser
Step 2: Squeeze to work into a lather — don’t twist or wring!
Step 3: Rinse with cold water until it runs clear
Step 4: Microwave for 30 seconds to sanitize
Step 5: Leave to dry on its canister