By now, it鈥檚 a pretty well-known fact that cleaning your makeup brushes (and often!) is a must 鈥 this model鈥檚 horror story will convince even the laziest of girls to lather up. Still, there are a lot of opinions on how to best accomplish the deed. Where some use brush cleaner, for instance, others are taking a much more, erm, creative approach.

Redditor happyidiot3791 showed off on the Makeup Addiction forum that a Lego base can double easily as an affordable means for cleaning your cosmetics tools. According to fellow Reddit user ohemgeeme, it works best by 鈥渟wirling makeup brushes on the Legos鈥 bumps and grooves (with your preferred soap).鈥 The bumps 鈥渁llow the brushes to be better cleaned (compared to in the palm your hand).鈥 What. Genius. Alternate suggestions included silicone potholders. Who knew!?

Other Redditors seemed just as struck by the low-cost ingenuity, leaving comments like, 鈥淲ow, I鈥檓 just getting rid of my LEGOs too. This tip came just in time,鈥 and 鈥淚鈥檝e been doing this for awhile and I鈥檓 actually so glad that there are others out there. Now I don鈥檛 feel alone in having random Lego base plates sitting around in my room and bathroom.鈥

Looks like that old box of toys just may come in handy after all!

What鈥檚 your favorite makeup hack? Tell us @BritandCo!

(h/t Refinery29; photos via Oli Scarff/Getty)