How to Get the Gunk Out of Your Lash Comb

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To


And by “gunk,” I mean all of that nasty stuff that builds up between the teeth of your lash comb — the mascara, eye liner, eyeshadow, cat hair (don’t judge)…


I used to clean my lash comb with makeup wipes. I’d run them up and down the teeth of the comb to whisk away any gunky leftover makeup, and it worked well enough, I guess…because it got out most of the gunk, but I’d still see bits and bobs way down in there between the teeth.

I don’t do that anymore, though, because I’ve found a better solution.

A toothbrush!

It hit me (the idea, not the toothbrush) after this post about kitchen tools. I was wondering how the heck I was going to clean the tiny little teeth on my new julienne tool, and Sandra, one of the gals who comments on MBB (hi, Sandra!), mentioned that toothbrushes are great for getting in between tiny spaces.


If they’re good enough to clean julienne tools, why not lash combs?

So I grabbed a crusty lash comb (ewww… TMI, I know), an extra toothbrush that I had in my bathroom cabinet and some eye makeup remover. Then I wet the toothbrush head with the makeup remover and brushed my lash comb with it, just like I brush my teeth. Up and down, left and right, and around in little circles.

Voila! It removed every last morsel of leftover makeup — including the stuff stuck between the teeth.

Note: if you try this at home, I recommend using a toothbrush with stiff bristles.


And, obvs, please don’t reuse the same toothbrush to brush your teeth (gross, dude!).

Oh! This also works well with gnarly brow combs. 😉

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy Thursday, my friend. How are things going today?


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  1. Kelly B. says:

    I’ll have to try this! Like you, I was using my makeup wipes to scrub down my lash comb but it never seems to get it totally clean. Thanks for the tip!
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  2. Colleen says:

    It seems like such an obvious solution, yet I had never even thought of it! Thank you so much for the tips! I will definitely be trying this out tonight. Happy Thursday!

  3. Shannon says:

    girl, you are brilliant. Thanks for sharing this with us! I’ve had this problem but never took the time to put any thought into it. Thanks for doing the mental weight-lifting for me 🙂

  4. Allison C says:

    Lash comb? Dear me, I’m not using one. Maybe I should be! Usually I stick with mascaras that don’t clump & I work hard at unsticking any lashes that do stick together on rare occasion. I used to have an old mascara wand that I washed to help with unsticking but I haven’t done that in a while. But should I get a lash comb, I will remember this wonderful tip!
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  5. Jessica says:

    I am too lazy to use a lash comb. I just use the mascara wand.
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  6. Interesting technique! I might try it 😉
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  7. Lulle says:

    I haven’t used a lash comb in a while, I don’t even think I own one these days. If the mascara is making clumps, it goes to the trash, no time for an extra step!
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  8. Tatiana says:

    Duh! This seems so obvious. So why didn’t I think of it? Especially, since I used a soft toothbrush to clean the stone settings in my rings. Thanks for the brain nudge. Don’t laugh, but I’d been trying to slide the edge of a tissue between the teeth on my lash comb to clean it.

  9. tirurit says:

    Awesome tip! It is true that sometimes we have the best tools in front of our eyes and we can’t see them!
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  10. Majick says:

    I’ve been using toothbrushes for years to clean a sundry of things. THank God I never joined the army or I probably would have a story about cleaning a latrine. LOL

  11. Angela says:

    Hey Karen do you have any recommendations for cleaning eyebrow spoolies???

  12. Laarni says:

    Thanks for the tip, Karen! Brilliant! Will try it soon!
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