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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Otherwise, rinsing your cleanser off with regular tap water is fine. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 Use a cleanser like this one which is powered by the antioxidant-rich phytocannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, which just happens to be even more powerful than Vitamin C and E (both classic players in the fight against free radicals). Barret Wertz, GQ, "The Best Anti-Pollution Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Try This Summer," 14 May 2018 The best way to combat this is by using a cleanser with salicylic acid (Neutrogena's $8 version does the trick) to get rid of excess oils and a nourishing moisturizer (Weleda makes one of our favorites for sensitive skin) to re-hydrate. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How Your Period Changes Your Skincare Routine," 20 Mar. 2018 Another way to preempt spots: A week before your period, use a mild exfoliating cleanser (like Neutrogena) every other night. Gina Way, Cosmopolitan, "Here Are the Secrets to Treating All of Your Breakouts," 15 Mar. 2015 After having its 2017-18 season ruined by one Baltimore-area team, the Virginia men’s basketball team will face another in a potential palate cleanser this fall. Jonas Shaffer,, "After season-ending loss to UMBC, Virginia basketball to open 2018 season vs. Towson," 27 June 2018 Use warm water with mild soaps or non-soap cleaners to bathe your baby or just use warm water without cleansers if that works., "Bath additives not needed to treat eczema," 8 May 2018 The Soothing Face Mist runs $18 (4 fl oz), while Glossier's mini cleanser is $9 (2 fl oz) at Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 Oil cleansers are my favorite way to take off makeup. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "9 Ways to Use Bio-Oil, the Drugstore Scar Treatment People Love," 22 June 2018

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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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