Here’s my cheap and easy way to clean my make up brushes at home.
First you need Olive Oil and Dawn Dish Soap.
Next I use a clean plate and mix equal parts olive oil and dawn dish soap. The dish soap is anti bacterial and really degreases your brushes. The olive oil conditions the brush.
Then I take my brushes and swirl them in the mixture and work up a lather with my finger tips. The whole time keeping the brush bristles down so that I avoid getting liquid up the brush handle which will mess with the adhesive and cause my brushes to fall apart.
Then under cold running water I rinse the soap and olive oil out and wring out any excess water.
Next I take a paper towel and soak up as much of the water from the brush as possible.
Finally I use a brush guard and leave my brushes bristle side down in a cup. This allows all the moisture to drip down and evaporate. When they are dry I fluff out the brushes and I’m all good to go!
I bought my brush guards on line a few years ago and they are still working great! You can get them on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/The-Brush-Guard-Variety-Pack/dp/B0049J7P3S
I find that even though I sometimes use pricer brush cleaners, the dawn dish soap (regular old blue stuff) and olive oil is still my goto.
In-between cleaning I like to use a brush sanitizing spray that I can spray onto dirty brushes and wipe off on a paper towel. I use the purple stuff from namies. Here is the link to it: http://www.naimies.com/tools/brush-cleaner/naimie-s-brush-cleaner.html