How To Get Squeaky Clean Makeup Brushes With The Daiso Detergent For Puff And Sponge!


Makeup brushes harbor plenty of bacteria from product residue, skin oils, dust, and old, oxidized colors. Imagine all that bacteria vacationing in the deep, dark ravines of the bristles, waiting to contaminate your skin!

It is therefore a good habit to deep clean your brushes at least once a week. I deep clean my brushes every weekend, which is considered normal for brushes used on your own skin.

I have professed my newfound adoration for the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge in the previous article. Let’s continue with how exactly to get your makeup brushes from dirty to spotless in mere minutes!

Here are the steps for washing your gunk-filled makeup brushes with the Daiso Detergent!

You’ll need:

Step 1:

Pour a little Daiso detergent into a container, this is very an arbitrary amount, really. Then dilute it with water. I think I do it 10% detergent and 90% water.

Step 2:

There is no need to wet the brush beforehand. Simply take your brush and dip the bristles into the mixture of detergent and water.

Make sure only the bristles and a little bit of the ferrule touches water. Never go beyond the bristles as water might seep into the ferrule and cause the glue that holds the bristles tight to loosen. It may damage the wooden handle too.

Swirl the bristles in the mixture for a bit. You can see product residue escaping from the bristles fairly quickly.

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush – goat hair

Read the comparison of MAC 239 and a cheap alternative here.

SASA Concealer Brush – synthetic

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush – goat hair

It takes just about 10 seconds for each brush to go from muddy-brown to its original color.

Step 3:

The Daiso detergent tends to make my brushes feel a little dry when I wash it only with shampoo. But I think it is really just my imagination because they perform and feel exactly the same when I use conditioner. Haha!

Rinse the brush under water, and then dip it into a mixture of shampoo and conditioner.

Swirl the brush in your palm. It is necessary to remove detergent residue from the brush; the shampoo + conditioner mixture also gets rid of the detergent smell!


Step 4:

Use a towel to gently squeeze excess water from the bristles. This will reduce the time taken for your brushes to dry.

I like to lay my brushes pointing slightly downwards to reduce the chance of water flowing from the bristles to the ferrule.

The bristles do NOT touch the surface of the table. They’re just chillin’ in mid-air. LOL. I do it this way so as not to damage the shape of the bristles.

One Weak Point

Well, everyone has a weak point, even Archilles had his.

Amazing as the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponges is as a makeup brush cleaner, it doesn’t clean synthetic brushes that have come in contact with gel eyeliners. Those are tough to remove!

Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush – synthetic

Read the review of Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush here.

What I do instead is swirl the brush in an oil-based makeup remover like the Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil, and then wash it off with shampoo and water.


I use The Brush Guards on the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush, and MAC 217 Blending Brush, not because they cost more, but because their bristles tend to fray if left to their own defences.

Alternative method

I have seen some people who use the detergent in a slightly different matter – they pour the detergent directly onto the palm and then swirl the brush in the detergent. They do that for every brush.

That method works just as well, but I prefer my method because there is less waste of product, takes up less time, and I also don’t like to have too much chemicals on my hands to avoid dryness or rough skin.

Much less time taken and delivers squeaky clean brushes! HAPPY!

For Puffs and Sponges

I don’t use makeup puffs or sponges because I find that they don’t apply as well or as fast as brushes. I don’t use compact powder too often either (except as a setting powder); I prefer liquid foundations for their more flawless effect, coverage, and longer lasting time.

But if you are a puff or sponge girl, here are the steps to removing makeup residue from them:

Step 1:

Wet the puff and pour a tiny amount of the Daiso detergent directly onto the soiled area.

Step 2:

Gently rub the detergent into the affected area to dissolve the makeup residue. You will see the detergent turning brown.

Step 3:

Rinse under running water until the puff is clean.

Ironically, some people have reviewed that the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge doesn’t remove gunk on sponges a hundred percent.

This little bottle has brought about great changes to my brush washing routine. Really grateful to Daiso for carrying this bottle and to those who blogged about how awesome this product is (otherwise I would never have cast a second glance at this random-looking product)!

I hope you benefit from this post too!

Unfortunately, the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge is not available on Amazon and is very expensive on eBay! =(

Bun Bun thinks the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge is:

OH! A reply to all of you who have ask me questions regarding the Daiso Detergent, I know how hard it is to find a brush cleanser that works, so I will be hosting a giveaway for this amazing Daiso brush cleanser at the end of this week! =D


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Jaimee Silva

    Thank you for this post! I purchased both the sponge and brush cleansers. They both work really great! I also use baby shampoo as before.

    <3 Daiso <3

    • Bun Bun Makeup Tips

      Glad you like them! =D