Before you eighty-six that clumpy CoverGirl, save the mascara wand (wash and recycle the container) and use it to whisk gunk out of tight spaces.
To clean the wand thoroughly, fill a small bowl with warm water and two to three drops of liquid castile soap
. None handy? Shampoo
or eye makeup remover should also do the trick.
Separate and soak the tube and wand in the soap-and-water solution for about 10 minutes. Banish makeup that's still clinging to the sides of the tube with a cotton swab. If the wand still has residue, apply a couple drops of soap directly onto the bristles and lather up. Rinse well, air-dry, and get down to the dirty work.
Here, five hard-to-reach (and grime-attracting) areas where a mascara wand works its magic best:
- Behind kitchen and bathroom taps
- Around cupboard knobs and drawer handles
- Between the keys on a computer keyboard
- Along the edges of light-switch plates
- Inside sink and countertop seams
: Mascara containers tend to be composed of plastic No. 5
, which may not be accepted by your local curbside recycling program. Cosmetics giant, Origins
, is doing its part to reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to landfills, one tube at a time. Drop off empty primary cosmetic packaging (jars, bottles, caps, and covers, regardless of brand) at any one of their locations and the company will reprocess it and give you a free skincare sample for your troubles. Click here to find an Origins location near you.