cleans·​er | \ˈklen-zər \

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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Synonyms for cleanser


cleaner, detergent, soap

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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.

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Houseplants can work as a natural cleanser in the same way, but please don’t throw those out after a single use. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 Join the queue for a small tub of soya: barely sweet, custard-soft tofu that satisfies, variously, as a dessert, an appetizer, a palate-cleanser, or a digestif. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 After a few films where the fate of the entire universe hung in the balance—Infinity War, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok—Marvel needed a palate-cleanser, a movie that wasn’t all-or-nothing. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 Charcoal is the new favorite cleanser among white-teeth fanatics. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "The Latest Fad in Tooth Whitening Is to Turn Them Black," 12 Aug. 2018 Just apply the exfoliating cleanser to damp skin, massage, and rinse. The Cut, "6 Must-Haves From Milk Makeup’s Massive Secret Sale," 12 June 2018 Enter the brand’s multipurpose collection, from the Vitamin C Paste, a treatment and express morning mask in one, to the Electrogel Cleanser, a dual deep cleanser and evening mask., "This Might Be The Perfect Skin-Care Brand For Busy Beauty Lovers," 28 Mar. 2018 Use a couple times a week instead of your cleanser helps keep your skin free of residual grit and grime. Barret Wertz, GQ, "The Best Anti-Pollution Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Try This Summer," 14 May 2018 The best part is, using the Konjac sponge doesn't add any extra steps to your routine; just swap it in for your washcloth and combine with your favorite cleanser. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "Clear Your Skin With a Mini-Facial Every Day," 25 Feb. 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cleanser

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


cleans·​er | \ˈklen-zər \

Kids Definition of cleanser

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


cleans·​er | \ˈklen-zər \

Medical Definition of cleanser 

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

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