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.

  • bmuse

    Thanks for the tips and review! :)

    Where are the Daiso brush cleansers placed in Daiso shops? I tried looking for them under makeup but no luck there. Wondering they were out of stock or if I was looking in the wrong section.

    • Bun Bun

      It could be either or both. Haha… I almost went mad when they went out of stock. That’s why the giveaway had to be delayed till now.

  • jaewhy

    which daiso outlet did you get this from? i can’t seem to find it

    • Bun Bun

      Erm, they like to rearrange the shelves quite a bit, so you have to look quite hard. Also, it goes out of stock very quickly!

  • Recherche

    I went today to the PS Daiso and was so disappointed that this was OOS :(

    • Bun Bun

      It is ALWAYS out of stock. Went mad trying to get hold of ’em for the giveaway. You could always join my giveaway! Have you put in your details for the running already? =)

      • Recherche

        Pity I didn’t win 😛 But OMG i found bottles and bottles of it at the Daiso in IMM last Saturday!! I was soooo happy that I bought 3 bottles straight away 😀

        • Bun Bun

          You’re really lucky to have found them!!! Have you tried them yet? You’ll really love how clean they make your brushes. =DDD

  • Hannah

    That’s some amazing cleaning powers! How does it smell?

    • Bun Bun

      Oooh, I never noticed the smell. Let me go smell it.

      *inhales deeply*

      My first thought: Herbal duck soup. HAHAHA! But not in a bad way! Maybe I’m hungry. The smell is actually very, very, very faint. Like I had to inhale really hard to figure out what kind of smell is that. There’s like a faint herbal smell, but not unpleasant.

  • Kristi

    I bought my Daiso on eBay after reading rave reviews on blogs…of course I knew I would not be able to read the bottle directions. Thanks for your excellent re-cap Bun-Bun! I love clean brushes! Neutrogena One-Step Facial Cleanser (blue bottle) works well in a pinch for eyeliner, or when traveling – face and brushes.

    • Bun Bun

      You’re welcome Kristi! I don’t wash my brushes when on holiday though.. too much trouble! Do you wash your brushes every day?

  • dyzka

    I’m very curious about this Daiso brush cleanser.. unfortunately here in Daiso Indonesia, I don’t really pay attention and my friends says it’s not available here.. but, today I just found MIRACLE! just strolling on makeup aisle,and found this baby.. and it just 2 available.. so, without thinking I just grabbed them..

    and just finishing brushes bathing time, and you’re right this thing works like magic! really save my time.. I just don’t like the smell..

    btw, how long one bottle lasts?

    • Bun Bun

      Glad you found it! =D Hmmm I wash my brushes only during the weekends, and since I dilute it with water, it can last pretty long. Maybe 20 washes… or more?

      • dyzka

        20 washes.. so, 2 bottles for about 1 year.. that’s a bargain.. do you always use new daiso + water for each brushes? or just make one bowl for entire brushes collection?

        • Bun Bun

          Just one bowl for 10-20 brushes. =)

          • dyzka

            okay.. thank you for yourinfos and review ^^ :)

          • Bun Bun

            No problem dyzka! =D

  • rigs

    Hi, Bunbun,

    I’m very eager to try this brush detergent. At the moment I just use Baby head-to-toe wash for my brush, but it won’t clean my concealer brush (at least, not clean enough for me).
    Is it available in just any Daiso in Sg? I want to ask my sis in-law to get some 😀

    BTW, for dyzka,
    I’m also in Jakarta. Did you go to the Daiso in Artha Gading? Melawai is closer to me, but being a small outlet, I’m not sure they have what Artha Gading has. Would be good if they do, though :)
    How much does it cost in Jakarta?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Bun Bun

      Hi rigs,

      Sorry I don’t know about the Daiso stores in Jakarta, but all Daiso stores in Singapore do carry the detergent. I must let you know that it’s not every time the detergent is in stock. In fact, it’s quite hard to find them as they fly off the shelves fairly quickly. If you do manage to find them, it’s your lucky day! =D

      • dyzka

        Hi rigs,
        Sorry I’m late answering your question. I found them on Daiso Melawai but I’m afraid they don’t restock it. I don;t know if Daiso Artha Gading carry the detergent, but I heard that Daiso in PVJ Bandung have the detergent. I think It cost around Rp 20.000 – Rp 22.000. I hope you’ll find them.. or have you got them already? 😉

  • peter0berts

    Hi, my girlfriend asked me to write you about this detergent. She said that she wasn’t able to clean her foundation from her brush with this product and now she is using some homemade recipe from this aricle She was wondering is it safe to use homemade products for the bristles or not? And if the daiso detergent doesn’t help what other product she can use for the purpose. Thanks :)

  • claudiambdmelo

    Do you think it’s possible to make an “instant cleaning solution” with this detergent, dissolving the soap in a large amount of water, to transform it in something like MAC’s Brush Cleanser, so you can use it to clean your brushes quickly between uses?
    Or do you think that the formula is so powerful that cannot be used without rinsing?

  • farrelandmerry

    Found this a month ago in Japan, believe me, it’s really hard to find T___T Went to 7 Daiso and just got 2 hahaha~ Didn’t find it in Singapore too, maybe I don’t have any luck with this product (?)

    So well, tried and tested, and very happy with this detergent! My F80 is cleaaaaan now~ wahahaha~ Thank you for introducing me this product Juli-san <333