How To Clean an Acrylic Makeup Organizer

How To Clean an Acrylic Makeup Organizer

Acrylic makeup organizers are used to store makeup products. These acrylic makeup organizers are transparent so you have several advantages of that feature. The best thing about transparent makeup organizers is that you do not have to waste minutes and hours to find a product.

With opaque cosmetic organizers, you may not be able to locate your products without opening the compartments and searching through them, but with the acrylic cosmetic organizers, you can see through the drawers to locate the product you are looking for.

Using an acrylic makeup organizer has many advantages but there are a few disadvantages as well, such as difficulty in cleaning, scratches, etc. Good-quality acrylic makeup organizers will not get many scratches, but the less expensive and low-quality cosmetic organizers can be scratched pretty easily. Acrylic makeup organizers easily catch dirt and it shows even more on the transparent boxes because they are not made of dark colored plastic.

The care and maintenance of an acrylic cosmetic organizer consists of no more than normal wipe-cleaning, however, there should be constant care of the product to prevent scratches. This means that certain products should never be use to clean your acrylic organizer because they will damage or scratch the surface of the product.

Ways to clean an acrylic makeup organizer

Unfortunately, the acrylic storage container will attract dirt more easily due to the nature of the transparent product. Trying to clean the makeup organizer can make matters worse for you by creating a positive charge, which further attracts dust. The best way to clean an acrylic cosmetic organizer is with a cleaning product like Novus, which is made particularly for cleaning these types of makeup organizers. A mild solution of water, detergent or soap can be used safely as well.

What not to use, EVER

Do not use any kind of chemical cleaners or scouring compounds such as Windex, Colin or other glass cleaners, even if they are organic, non-scented,or environment friendly. Those chemical cleaners may be all those things but they are not acrylic friendly. Do not use any kind of solvent, even if there is something stuck to the storage area or surface of your cosmetic organizer. Even if some gummy substance or an adhesive label is stuck to your makeup organizer, do not use a solvent or a chemical cleaner.

Steps to clean an acrylic makeup organizer

These are the few steps you should follow if you are planning to clean your cosmetic organizer:

  1. Start by gently blowing way all loose dirt or dust from the surface of the makeup organizer
  2. Now, apply the cleaning product, such as Novus, or use a mild solution of soap and water with a cellulose sponge, a microfiber cloth or a dampened lint-free/non-contaminating/abrasive soft cloth. Avoid using a scouring pad because it can damage cosmetic organizer or its surface
  3. Rinse the cosmetic organizer with clean and clear water
  4. Blot dry the surface and storage areas of the makeup organizer with a microfiber cloth, chamois, or a damp cellulose sponge to avoid water spotting


We hate scratches on our cosmetic organizers but they do happen sometimes. However, there are commercial acrylic scratch remover systems, such as Novus, available on the market which you can purchase and use to remove any scratches which you may have found on your makeup organizer. There are also tutorials you can find on YouTube to guide you through a process of scratch removal.

Another method

There is one more method that is just as easy and inexpensive to clean an acrylic makeup organizer.

  • First, use some makeup remover wipes to remove the makeup from the organizer
  • The next step will to be to use a damp towel with detergent or dish soap to remove the stuck makeup gently
  • Then, use a specialty cleaning product to polish the makeup organizer and use a microfiber towel to dry the makeup organizer

Some more tips

Here are some extra ideas and tips on what not to use while cleaning a makeup organizer:

  • Never use any cleaning product that has ammonia in it because it will eat through the cosmetic organizer’s surface and make it look cloudy
  • Other cleaners you should avoid are halogens, kitchen scouring compounds,ketones, aromatics, window cleaners, and solvents like gasoline, tetrachloride, thinners, benzene, and acetone.

All these cleaners should be avoided, because they arestrong and abrasive enough to eat through the surface.

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