Solid Cleansers for Brushes and Beauty Blenders (Options and Reviews)

So a couple of weeks ago, I shared a showdown between brushes and Beauty Blenders--see that here. And I thought I would follow it up with every makeup fanatics' least favorite chore: cleaning those brushes. Everyone has her own method, be it baby shampoo, olive oil, etc. But I am incredibly impatient, so using a solid cleanser for my brushes and Beauty Blender makes the boring cleaning process a little faster. A solid cleanser is exactly what it sounds like--it isn't liquid or suspended liquid, and it stays solid. Today I'm sharing with you several options for solid cleansers. Can you believe I used to make my own? Ha! I'm so glad I can purchase them, and I have something for every budget. Enjoy.

Clean Brush Shampoo with Goats Milk
  • $15 for 2 oz., $20 for 4 oz size
  • available in 5 types: unscented, lavender, lemon, rose, grapefruit (limited ed)
  • I have only used the lavender-scented one, and loved it, so I cannot vouch for the scents of the others
  • ingredients: Glycerin, palm oil, coconut oil, goat’s milk powder, titanium dioxide, tea tree oil & lavender essential oil. GMO-free and the glycerin is Kosher
  • great for eye and face brushes and Beauty Blenders
  • goats milk naturally whitens brushes
  • Pros: nice large size, works well
  • Cons: none, unless you're against animal by-products

Blender Cleanser Solid by Beauty Blender
  • $15.95 for 1 0z
  • faint lavender scent that isn't as strong as the Clean one.
  • great for brushes of all types and Beauty Blenders
  • ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Gylcerin, Coconut acid,Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetraspdoi, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder
  • Pros: it has a tray which helps to dry the cleanser faster
  • Cons: price, these seem to run out very quickly.

The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver
  • $5.95 for 1 oz (pictured), $9.95 for 2.5 oz
  • citrus scent
  • This was the first solid cleanser I ever purchased, and it was created for artists' brushes.
  • Pros: very inexpensive, easy to find (try any craft store or art supply store), great for tough-to-remove makeup stains
  • Cons: small size of container makes it useless for face brushes, and difficult for Beauty Blenders once the product gets low in the container; can leave a film on brushes if not cleaned off thoroughly

Clean Brush Shampoo with Olive Oil
  • $15 for 2 0z, $20 for 4 oz
  • available in 5 types: unscented (pictured), lavender, lemon, rose, grapefruit (limited ed)
  • ingredients: Olive oil, glycerin, palm oil, tea tree oil. coconut oil, safflower oil
  • great for brushes of all types and Beauty Blenders
  • Pros: works best with natural brushes and brushes/sponges that do not have creme products (like foundation or concealer) in them
  • Cons: I felt it took longer to clean any brush/blender that was dirty due to creme products

  • This super-affordable and accessible cleaner works well in a pinch. I don't use this regularly.
  • While I prefer glycerin-based soaps, I've been able to use any gentle soap with no problems. I just make sure there is no residue.
  • I have used these products for years (the Clean since June) and have experienced no reactions from them, and my brushes are still in great condtion.
  • I use the Clean Shampoo or Beauty Blender cleanser the most often, but have used the other options successfully. It all comes down to personal preference.

Benefits of a Solid Cleanser:
  • great for travel (no spills, no liquid)
  • most have disinfectants in them, as opposed to just cleaning ingredients
  • less product is wasted
  • MUCH faster
  • really cleans and removes any product buildup
  • scent as not as heavy as with alcohol-based products

How to Use:
  • Wet brush or sponge. Swoosh in jar. Rinse and repeat (if needed). Dry flat.
  • I make sure there is no water in the solid cleanser container, and usually leave the top off for a bit.


  1. Great post and really helpful! I think I may try the one for artist brushes or the goat one when I run out of the Beauty Blender cleanser!

  2. Never heard of a solid cleanser before. I guess you learn something new every day. Thanks of the post.

  3. nice post :) I need to try some of those soon :)


  4. Thanks lady . Very informative

  5. I've been using the Masters one for awhile, and I really do like it.

  6. Thanks for another great post, Elle...I honestly never heard of solid cleanser before this!

  7. It's the first time I heard of something like this. :) As you already know, I don't use my brushes often, so I am not in any particular rush of cleaning them (I just do it a few hours after I used them...). I've been a fan of Dr Bronner liquid soap so far - it always did the job and I always have some around. Very curious about these cleansers, though. Need to look them up. x

  8. i use regular ol' soap. i heard i shouldn't but so far, it hasn't damaged my bristles at all.

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  9. very informative and interesting post thanks for sharing!


  10. I'm so glad you posted about this. I have been trying to find a less messy solution to brush cleaning! I'm all over this! :)

  11. Oh man, I learn so much from reading your blog! I was just using shampoo and didn't even know these existed!

  12. lovely blog dear, would you like to come over mine and maybe you would also like to follow each other, let me know. xo


  13. I have never heard of a solid cleanser before, but I would like to try one of these :)

  14. Great post!! I've been looking for a decent brush cleaner. I've been using a liquid and I just don't feel like it does a good job.

    <3, Pamela

  15. I so wish that we got any one of these here, they sound really lovely. Happy April!

  16. This is my first time hearing about these products. Thanks for introducing them.

  17. Interesting. I really need to clean my brushes more. I actually would like to start with a new set.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  18. I hadn't heard of a solid cleanser before! Thanks for the reviews.

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  19. I have never heard of solid cleansers before! Now I am curious and am going to have to try it out!

  20. I love my soild beauty blender cleanser. I should try some of these cheaper alternatives!

  21. Interesting. I just use baby shampoo myself. I'd love to give solid cleansers a try though, just to compare :-)

  22. It's amazing you can make them too! You are so impressive!

    The solid option seems much nicer to me, especially for travel.

  23. great review! always love your reviews <3


  24. I have the master's brush cleaner, and I love it! I agree about the beauty blender cleaner; it's just too expensive. Great comparisons! xoxo

  25. I have used the blender cleanser before. It did a great job I thought but it is kind of pricey.

  26. i so need to get the beauty blender - it's been on my list of things to buy for quite some time!! you are the push I need to make that purchase!!

  27. I never would've even thought of using a solid. You learn something new every day! :)

  28. I just started using my beauty blender again and I was thinking about how to clean it the other day, great post!

  29. I usually don't clean my brushes all too much since I hardly use them but I am lovin' these options. I like the olive one the best!

  30. I've never heard of solid cleansers, but now I'm curious to try one! I've always used shampoo to clean my makeup brushes, although I will admit that I don't even do this often enough.


  31. Wow, I'd never heard of solid cleansers, but they are just what I need. Thanks, Elle!

  32. Wow. There are a lot of cleansers to choose from. Thanks for the share.

  33. I haven't used any of these before. I typically use hydrogen peroxide, dawn and water. Thanks for sharing I'll have to look for them.

  34. I hadn't heard of solid cleanser before- but I LOVE this idea. Gonna check it out- you're right, would be great for travel!


  35. I have not used any of these before. Might have to check some out!

  36. i want to try the first one! great review.
    xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  37. I have never heard of these before but now I need one!!

  38. My favorite solid clenser for my beuty blender is Dr. Bronners magic soap. Litterally takes seconds.


  39. I didn't even know these existed! Good to know...I will have to try them!

  40. Hmmm, interesting. I usually clean mine with a honeysuckle-scented soap, so whenever I use the brush, I smell honeysuckle!

  41. I just started using the unscented Dr. Bronners baby bar soap to clean my brushes and it works amazingly! Even for the beauty blender! Really, I don't think I'll be looking for any other cleanser going forward

  42. These sound amazing. I will have to try them.

  43. I need to try these out, thanks for the honest review as always!

  44. I've never tried a solid cleanser! Sounds like I am missing out :)

  45. I started using soap bars after reading about the Master brush cleanser. I was browsing to find a soap with as less ingredients as possible. I found on that has oil and glycerin and it works really great. Not sure if it has disinfectant properties but I'll do some research on that. I do find it makes my brushes really clean in no-time. Thanks for the overview.

  46. I must be a very sad person indeed because I really enjoy cleaning my brushes! It's a Sunday morning ritual for me. I still can't get my head around these solid cleanser though. For me nothing beats Dr Bronner.

  47. Never used them before. I think I must try one of those :)

  48. Great blog post! & I am glad to see such awesome things being said!! :)
    Owner, Clean Brush Shampoo


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