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Aaliyah I

Posts: 226

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

I got these gorgeous little powder puffs but I almost don't want to use them because I'm afraid of staining them. They aren't cheap !

I have one lip brush that I have cleaned several times over with every method I know and it's clean but permanently stained so I don't want it in my kit any more. Does anyone know how I can avoid this happening to my powder puffs ?

I heard you can put them in the washing machine, has anyone tried that ?

Feb 16 13 03:36 pm Link

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Michael Bots

Posts: 6055

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Feb 16 13 03:50 pm Link

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ThirdEyeMakeup

Posts: 311

Los Angeles, California, US

I rarely use powder puffs, but if you're talking about those ones that look like this:
http://www.alconeco.com/var/alcone/stor … ctfull.jpg

..then i just use liquid detergent and rinse well, squeeze out excess water and lay to dry.

For lip brushes, the best method i've found is to massage the bristles with white bar soap, then push it out of the brush by squeezing it with my nail. It even gets the lipstick out of my white brushes. After the product and soap is out, then I clean it with brush cleanser to disinfect.

Feb 16 13 06:32 pm Link

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Lindsey Sharon

Posts: 306

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sometimes I'll put mine trough the washing machine.  If it has a separate pad inside, I put a large safety pin through it to keep it in place.  Other wise I just use a linen bag to keep them all together and separate from my make up towels I wash them with.

Feb 16 13 10:25 pm Link

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Wigs and Makeup Allison

Posts: 221

Austin, Texas, US

I have successfully washed and dried powder puffs in a washer and dryer before.  I put the puffs in a lingerie bag and wash them on gentle.  It gets them so clean!  You do sometimes have to sort of pat them back into shape when they come out of the dryer--every once in a while one gets lumpy.

Feb 16 13 10:27 pm Link

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June Long

Posts: 52

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

You could try pure vegetable oil soap-not expensive-supermarket own brand. I use that for cleaning my body painting brushes, and it removes all stains, and leaves my brushes almost like new, even from notoriously difficult to remove colours.

Feb 17 13 04:21 am Link

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Aaliyah I

Posts: 226

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

ThirdEyeMakeup wrote:
For lip brushes, the best method i've found is to massage the bristles with white bar soap, then push it out of the brush by squeezing it with my nail. It even gets the lipstick out of my white brushes. After the product and soap is out, then I clean it with brush cleanser to disinfect.

Thanks, I found that a bar of soap works great for lip brushes too but I guess I didn't clean it quick enough because it's permanently stained now.

Feb 17 13 05:52 am Link

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Aaliyah I

Posts: 226

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

Michael Bots wrote:
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner perhaps?



Lots of choices on eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/220V-30W-Mini-U … 0951129252
http://www.ebay.com/itm/220V-35W-Ultras … 0977995378

That's a interesting option !

Feb 17 13 05:54 am Link

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About Faces-Lynn

Posts: 957

Detroit, Michigan, US

Get forever puffs.  They last forever and you can use the dishwasher, washing machine etc

Feb 17 13 07:06 am Link