cleans·​er | \ ˈklen-zər How to pronounce cleanser (audio) \

Definition of cleanser

: a person or thing that cleanses something especially : a preparation (such as a scouring powder or a skin cream) used for cleaning

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Examples of cleanser in a Sentence

Sprinkle some cleanser on the floor and let it sit for a while before you start scrubbing.
Recent Examples on the Web First, the rapper removes her makeup using a makeup wipe—her go-to is Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes—then washes her face with a cleanser. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Megan Thee Stallion Swears By This $7 Cleanser for Her Sensitive Skin," 25 Feb. 2021 Bae encourages daily gentle exfoliation with a cleanser containing physical or chemical exfoliants or any topical product with alpha hydroxy acids. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Laugh Lines With Five Expert-Approved Tips," 27 Nov. 2020 Citrus Melange Body Cleanser is an exhilarating body wash blending citrus rind and botanical extracts into a gentle low-foaming gel cleanser. David Syrek,, "If you fantasize about becoming a morning person, here are 5 great ways to wake up your routine.," 22 Jan. 2021 Look for a creamy cleanser that avoids ingredients that will make the skin too dry or tight. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "How to upgrade your skin care routine this winter, according to derms," 20 Jan. 2021 Experts generally recommend using a gentle facial cleanser and water to wash brushes and sponges. Washington Post, "Bacteria can grow on your neglected makeup and brushes. Here’s what to toss and what to clean.," 17 Dec. 2020 For your face, go for a gentle, moisturizing cleanser and lukewarm water to eliminate dirt particles, excess oil, and dead skin cells. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Mask up without breaking out. Here’s how to prevent pandemic acne.," 3 Dec. 2020 Look to a gentle body cleanser infused with a magic, sweet-smelling ingredient such as Le Labo’s earthy Hinoki, Seed Phytonutrient’s herbal cedar leaf, or Fresh’s zingy citrus. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Make Your Showers a Soothing Escape in This Uncertain Time," 3 Nov. 2020 All most people need is a cleanser and moisturizer. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "25 skincare gifts beauty lovers are obsessing over this year," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cleanser

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cleanser was before the 12th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Cleanser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cleanser

: a substance (such as a powder or cream) that is used for cleaning something


cleans·​er | \ ˈklen-zər How to pronounce cleanser (audio) \

Kids Definition of cleanser

: a substance (as a scouring powder) used for cleaning


cleans·​er | \ ˈklen-zər How to pronounce cleanser (audio) \

Medical Definition of cleanser

: a preparation including a cleaning agent for cleansing the skin, the teeth, or glass surfaces

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