How To Clean False Eyelashes With Baby Shampoo

LuxeLuminous is reader supported. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

How much is that pair of false that you wore out last night? False lashes can get expensive depending on the brand and quality of the material! It is understandable if you don’t want to just toss them after use. After all, those lashes may still be good enough for another use. 

But before you reuse those false eyelashes, you should definitely clean them up first. And the trick is… baby shampoo! In this article, we’ll look at how to clean false eyelashes with baby shampoo.

But first, let us explain why you should definitely clean your false eyelashes. 


Why Should You Clean Your False Eyelashes

False eyelashes can give you that high-impact, sultry look in an instant — no matter your eye shape.

But as much as you would like to keep that look forever, the day will end, and you’d have to take off those false lashes.

Usually, false eyelashes  are simply thrown away after use.

But with better quality lashes nowadays (magnetic ones can be reused multiple times!), doing that would be a waste. Reusing false lashes is possible. But remember to clean them first. 

The false lashes you’ve worn may not look dirty. Even still, you should not skip the cleaning step. Cleaning can help keep the curling under control. But the main reason to do that is to prevent your eye from getting infected.

The lashes may not appear dirty to your eyes. But microscopically, there could still be a lot of bacteria on them. Reusing false lashes filled with bacteria is dangerous. Reuse can cause an eye infection. 

Additionally, your false lashes should be cleaned so that any glue or leftover mascara can be removed. If these aren’t properly removed, your skin can also get irritated and feel uncomfortable to wear.

And lastly, the buildup can also cause false lashes to break easily. That’s why it is best to clean it as soon as possible and don’t let the dirt sit on it. 

How To Clean False Eyelashes With Baby Shampoo

Johnson Johnson Baby Shampoo

There are different ways on how you could clean your false lashes. One of the most popular ones is by using baby shampoo. This method is quite popular — baby shampoo is a mild yet effective cleaning formula, great for babies (obviously) and even for adults!

Here is how to do that:

Step 1: Take Off Your False Eyelashes

You should remove your false lashes before you attempt to clean them with baby shampoo. Even though most baby shampoos won’t make you tear up, they can still irritate the eye.

Proper removal is also key to the reuse of your eyelashes. If you aggressively pull on them, there is a good chance that you will pull the individual lashes from the band.

This may change their shape and can potentially ruin them. Additionally, being too aggressive about it could also lead you to pull off your real eyelashes.

Although we say be gentle in pulling the lashes off, you shouldn’t just pull them off either. Use some coconut oil or makeup remover to help loosen up the glue. Also, make sure that you use the right kind of eyelash glue .  

After soaking the lashes in an oil-based makeup remover (or any oil you prefer), you can now start to pull off the band from the inner corner of your eye.

Make sure to grab the band and not the hairs of the eyelashes to prevent them from being damaged. 

Keep in mind that old glue gets thicker and harder to clean off. Eyelash glue expires quickly, so plan to pick up new stuff regularly.

Step 2: Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Take your baby shampoo  of choice and add it to warm water. The warmth of the water can help loosen any debris or build-up on the eyelashes.

Some people also add oil  or a makeup remover  to further help the makeup separate from the false eyelashes.

Step 3: Soak, Wash And Rinse

The next thing to do is to let the false lashes soak in the warm soapy solution. Soak them for a few seconds then remove them from the water. Use your fingers to rub off the makeup and glue residue.

You may also use an eyelash brush to help you remove the buildup. Just be gentle in using it so that you don’t damage the eyelashes.

Next, rinse the eyelashes under running water to remove any residue and soap. When the water runs clear, your lashes are clean.

Step 4: Gently Dry The Lashes

When drying your false lashes, don’t just rub them with a towel. Be gentle. Laying the lashes on top of a paper towel and gently pat it with another one. You don’t have to completely pat it dry. You may simply wait to let it air dry.

Step 5: Disinfect Your False Lashes

Some people believe that washing the false eyelashes in soapy water is enough to get them disinfected. That’s why they skip this step. However, you do want to be extra careful especially when you want to reuse your lashes again. 

We suggest disinfecting your false eyelashes with an alcohol spray  then just let it air dry.

Just make sure your false lashes can handle it. Do this if you are sure that your false lashes are made of synthetic material that can withstand alcohol. Otherwise, skip this step.

Step 6: Properly Store Your Eyelashes

False eyelashes usually come with a case — don’t throw that away! After using and cleaning the lashes, you can put them back in the case for storage. Alternately, you can pick up a dedicated lash storage case .

Click here for eyelash storage information.

Just make sure to also keep the case clean. 

Final Thoughts

False lashes can get expensive, whether they’re magnetic or glue-on lashes. It is perfectly okay to reuse them, but you should make sure that you clean them up first.

Baby shampoo is a great way to clean them. We’ve outlined above how to clean your lashes with baby shampoo. Once you’ve got them cleaned, you’ll be ready to rock them on your next night out!

Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Travel Size, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  • Pack of three, 1.5 ounce (total of 4.5...
  • No More Tears

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).