If your search history is filled with searches for “how to clean makeup case” or “how to clean inside a makeup bag” then you likely know how important a clean makeup bag is. We always hear how necessary it is to regularly clean our brushes and tools, but people tend to forget about the case we put those tools into. If you clean your makeup brushes and then put them right back into a dirty makeup bag, then those clean brushes are no longer clean anymore!

You should be cleaning your makeup as much as you’re cleaning your brushes and tools (and if you’re not cleaning your brushes, then it’s time to start)! So let’s dive into how to actually clean your makeup case. There are a couple different ways you can go about cleaning your makeup bag. This depends on the fabric your bag is made out of, the way it’s constructed, and then of course what you have on hand. Read on to find out the best cleaning option for you!

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  1. Dish Soap

Using dish soap is one of the best ways to clean your makeup case because it’s a great, gentle way to get rid of bacteria without damaging most fabrics. Dish soap is also specifically formulated to be tough on grease, so it can be a good way to get out any oil-based stains on the inside of your bag.

  1. Washing Machine

Depending on how your bag is constructed, you may be able to wash your makeup bag in your washing machine. Be sure to place your makeup case within a mesh bag especially if you plan to wash your makeup bag with other articles of clothing. This protects both your makeup bag and anything else you throw in with it.

  1. Disinfecting Wipe

A disinfecting wipe is something most people have on hand at all times and is a great way to disinfect your makeup case from top to bottom. It may not be effective in getting any stains out, but it will definitely make your bag clean.

  1. Gentle Household Cleaner

An everyday household cleaner can be used to clean your makeup bag as long as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. Be sure to try out the cleaner on a small spot on your makeup case before you move on to cleaning the entire thing.

  1. Natural Cleaner

A natural cleaner is another great way to clean your case. You can feel confident that it won’t contain any harsh chemicals, but again be sure to test a small spot first. You never want to turn a good thing into a disaster by staining your makeup bag with a cleaner.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a cheap alternative to fancier cleaning products that tend to contain a variety of ingredients. Rubbing alcohol serves as a great disinfectant and it can also help to get out any oil-based stains.

  1. Makeup Remover

What better way to clean a makeup bag than with makeup remover! Whether you use a makeup wipe or bottled makeup remover, it will be super effective in removing what is mostly covering your bag – makeup! 

Now that you know how to clean your makeup case, it’s time to get cleaning! Get on a regular schedule for cleaning both your makeup brushes and your case, so that you never go too long without a good deep clean. Your skin will definitely thank you for it.