When was the last time you cleaned your blush brush? Or your flat iron? Or your loofa? We’re guessing it’s been a while--if ever. But by keeping your beauty tools in tip-top shape, you extend their shelf life and prevent bacteria from growing. Check out our simple cleaning tips.

Makeup Brushes

Grab some dish soap and some olive oil and watch our video for step-by-step instructions on how to get brushes squeaky-clean. Then set a reminder in your calendar to wash those bad boys every Sunday.

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Flat Iron

Use the heat to your advantage. Fire up your iron and take a damp cloth to it, being extra-careful not to burn your hands. The combo of heat and moisture makes a steam that will lift off any product buildup.

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Loofah

Gross alert: If you don't keep these clean, you’re actually washing yourself with bacteria. Toss them in the microwave for about a minute to zap the microscopic critters, or throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher (top rack only).

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Hair Brushes

After removing the collection of lovely locks from your bristles, soak the brush for 15 minutes in a mild shampoo and then scrub off the buildup of dead skin cells, grease, product and dust. Let dry, and you’re good to go.

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Eyelash Curlers

Every now and then, dab a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the entire thing to disinfect and clear away mascara buildup.

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