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 The resulting applause serves as a palate cleanser. Michael Scherer, The Denver Post, "What you missed while not watching Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate," 16 Oct. 2019 The black numbers served as palate cleansers between bursts of inspiration around the jungle theme, starting with khaki safari suiting that echoed similar looks on the menswear runway in June. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gucci takes a kinky turn; Dolce&Gabbana give a jungle roar," 22 Sep. 2019 Think of it as a palate cleanser: by bringing the stakes back down to Earth, Tokyo Drift is allowed to breathe and have more personality. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 Please make sure to rinse with a gentle cleanser every night before bed. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Derms Weigh In on Reddit’s Weirdest Skin Confessions," 8 Nov. 2019 An easy way to do that is with this non-bleach chemical cleanser. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "21 things on Amazon that will keep your home clean during winter," 25 Oct. 2019 In Cleaning Lab tests, our home care pros found that this version of the iconic eraser (with cleanser built in!) erased soap scum with little effort, leaving surfaces clean and shiny. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The House the Seal Built," 16 Sep. 2019 Maintain a glowy complexion with a cleanser with trace amounts of BHA to gently slough off dead skin cells on a regular basis. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Tata Harper's Summer Birthday Sale Has All Your Faves At 20% Off," 25 July 2019 But with the right cleanser — one meant to stop shine in its tracks — minimizing your shine can require far less work. Allure, "The 17 Best Face Washes for Oily Skin, According to Editors and Dermatologists," 5 July 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cleanser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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