Monday, May 6, 2013

Brush Cleaner

So I am sure we've all heard of the controversial Sigma Brush Glove, aka the Sigma oven mitt. Now don't get me wrong, the concept is pretty darn cool, a way to deep clean your makeup brushes quickly, PLUS not get your hands all pruny. Score. What's not so great? The price. Now don't get me wrong, if you want to and you can spend the almost $40 do it. I would. But some of us aren't able to spend that much on one item, no matter how great it might be. Personally, I would rather spend $40 on makeup or something fun. That being said, fairly soon after the glove became available a youtuber by the name of Secret Life of a Bio Nerd created a tutorial for the most awesome, simple and economical brush cleaner. Now I am not super crafty, but I have my moment. I watched the tutorial and thought, OK, I think I can actually do that! So I looked through my art supplies to see if i had the needed supplies. I ended up having to buy a plastic clipboard from Office Depot, but that was only a few dollars really, and you can even get a mini one, so you can create it to your size.

What you will need:

  1. Glue Gun
  2. Glue Sticks
  3. Clipboard- Only Plastic, not cork/wooden, glass, etc. The glue will not stay adhered well.

It is a fairly simple procedure, with your glue gun you create a series of dots in varying sizes across the top half of the clip board. Across the bottom half create a series of squiggly lines, left to right, up and down. Check out the picture of my completed cleaning board to get a visual idea. After covering the board in dots and lines I let it dry for 24 hours, just in case, but really you could probably use it after an hour or so, once the glue dots are solid. 

I have tested mine out, let it run under water, scrubbed my brushes thoroughly and so far not had issues with things coming off. If you don't have a clipboard you can easily use a plastic bowl, plastic sheet, anything you could place hot glue on.

How well does it work? Well, I don't have the Sigma brush glove to compare, but my brushes look better than ever. I even scrubbed an old face brush that I stopped using because I just couldn't get it clean anymore and managed to get all the old foundation out that was stuck to the brush hairs and such.  I'm impressed. 

If you don't mind spending a few minutes, and you like crafty stuff, I suggest trying it for yourself and see how it works for you. For under $10 I don't think you can go wrong.



  1. When I initially saw that youtube video with a good way of duping the original glove, I thought to myself that I was going to do this...and then never got around to it. Thanks for reminding me!

    I'm adding this to my goal for next week's project no buy update :D You da best