Can you clean makeup sponges in the washing machine? We try Mrs Hinchs hack

Everybody loves Sophie Hinchliffe, AKA Mrs Hinch, for her genius home cleaning hacks. But it turns out she's also got some handy tips when it comes to cosmetics.

We all know how often you should clean makeup brushes (read our handy guide if you're not sure), but when the queen of clean herself revealed that she washes her make-up sponges in the washing machine, we needed to know more.

She doesn't just shove them in with her delicates, though – Mrs Hinch, 30, uses a sock and a hairband to protect them while they're in the wash. The result, as you can probably imagine, is astonishingly clean blenders that look almost brand new.

So armed with a handful of her own foundation-stained sponges, OK! beauty assistant Emma decided put the method to the test for herself.

How to clean makeup sponges in the washing machine like Mrs Hinch

I use a Beautyblender every day (£17 here if you've not managed to get your hands on one yet), so it's no wonder that all of my sponges are on their last legs. I'm embarrassed to admit I hadn't really considered needing to give them a clean, either.

But if I can shove them in a wash I'm already doing – and it can make them flawlessly clean – then this is a trick I'm willing to try.

So putting my imaginary marigolds on, I followed these steps in the hope my balls would come out as squeaky clean as Mrs Hinch's. Blender balls, that is.

Step 1: Place your sponges in a sock

Grab an old sock of your choice (it needs to be bigger than an ankle sock, mind) and pop your dirty Beautyblenders in there. Mrs Hinch cleaned four at a time, but I found a very large sock could fit around five.

Step 2: Secure the end of the sock with a hairband

Unless you want your balls flying everywhere, and possibly getting stuck, then you'll want to secure the sock. Tie a hairband tightly around the end to prevent any escapees.

Step 3: Put the sock in the washing machine

It's as simple as that – it just needs to go in on a normal wash setting and in with everything else you're cleaning in that cycle. Easy peasy!

Emma's verdict

I washed my sponges at the same time as doing a darks load, as I didn't want to waste a whole wash to clean them on their own.

I also wouldn't brave putting them in with a whites wash, just in case the bright colours of the sponges were to transfer onto the clothes. Not ideal.

The actual final result is very impressive, in my opinion. My Beautyblenders did indeed come out foundation-free and looking as good as new. My usual trick is to wash them in my sink, but this is far less effort and they look much cleaner after going for spin in the washing machine (no pun intended).

All in all, this is most definitely worth a go!

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