Tips for Cleaning Personal Care Products

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This blog post was contributed by Alison Jacobson. Founder of SafetyMom.com, Alison is a mother, writer, radio host, speaker, and family safety advocate.

Now that I have teenage daughters there seems to be an incredible amount of make-up and other beauty products in the house. While they spend a great deal of time in front of the mirror applying it I doubt that they give any thought to the germs and bacteria that are accumulating on the brushes and other styling tools.

For teens dirty brushes can lead to acne and for older women they can actually cause wrinkles as they can expose the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals, which causes a breakdown of collagen and elastin and can result in premature aging.

Cleaning brushes and beauty tools doesn’t have to be a big deal or cost a lot of money. I made the mistake of buying and expensive brush cleaner before I realized that products around the house will work just as well.

How to clean makeup brushes:
1. See if you used powder based make up or cream-based make up. The brush with cream-based make up will need a deeper cleaning than the brush with powdered base make up.
2. Run the bristles of the brush under lukewarm water.
3. Fill a small bowl with a quarter cup of lukewarm water and a bit of baby shampoo.
4. Dip the bottom of the brush into the mixture and swirl it around, making only the bottom half of the bristles are covered.
5. Remove the brush from the mixture and rinse the bristles off.
6. Pat the bristles dry and use the towel to help.
7. Reshape the bristles in case they became crooked.
8. Let the brushes dry by hanging the part with the bristles over the edge of the counter.

How to clean a hairbrush:
1. Swirl the brush around in a bowl of warm water.
2. Put some gentle soap or baby shampoo on a toothbrush and run it through the bristles, along the base of the brush.
3. Put the brush back in the warm water to get rid of the soap.
4. Take the brush out of the water, lay it flat with the bristles down. Let it dry overnight.

How to clean tweezers:
1. Dip the tip of the tweezers in alcohol or peroxide.
2. Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or peroxide to run across the tips for a deeper clean.
3. Finally, rinse the tweezers under lukewarm water.

One other tip for keeping your personal care products even cleaner – purchase products that feature Microban® technology for an added level of protection against the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.

Sprayco manufactures storage and travel accessories for your personal care products that feature Microban proactive protection. From contact lens cases to toothbrush holders, Microban protection keeps products cleaner for longer.

Combs, brushes and shower caps can be a surprise as a breeding grounds for the growth of bacteria. Personal care products from Conair featuring Microban technology remain cleaner between cleanings and provide peace of mind.

Nursing an injury is always challenging, but you can worry less with personal care braces and supports from Curad. Select products include Microban antimicrobial product protection to keep the braces cleaner and fresher.

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