I always try to keep my brushes in tip top condition, and that means washing them regularly is a must. To me, there is something therapeutic about washing brushes so it is a chore that I enjoy doing.
In the past, I've used various shampoos, and brush cleansers that have cleaned my brushes, but only to a certain extent. I'm always left with a small amount of makeup residue and the brushes never look completely clean, especially the white goat hair ones.
Until one day I decided to wash my brushes with one of the random Dove shampoos sitting in my shower. The particular one that I have is the Go Fresh Therapy shampoo for normal hair. Not only does this lather like crazy, but after washing and drying, my brushes look like they did when I first got them without a trace of makeup on them. I love using this shampoo as a brush cleaner; it keeps my brushes conditioned and fresh smelling too!
Here are some dirty brushes:
And after washing with some of the Dove shampoo...
Bam! Squeaky clean brushes =)
For spot cleaning in between uses and when I'm in a rush, I use some MAC brush cleaner on a paper towel, which works really well for desanitizing and for getting most of the makeup off, but for deep cleaning this is what I much prefer.
What do you guys use to clean your brushes?