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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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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The brand has since expanded to making custom cleanser and a lightweight moisturizer too. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Designed My Own Night Cream, and It Totally Changed My Skin," 4 Dec. 2018 The trademarks cover everything from your standard moisturizers, cleansers and toners, as well as a full range of facial and body scrubs, serums, masks, oils and tons more. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kardashian Fans Think Kylie Jenner is Starting Her Own Skincare Line Called "Kylie Skin"," 3 Oct. 2018 Until then, stick with regular cleanser, and dab the zit with an ice cube to ease any painful inflammation. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Can Toothpaste Really Get Rid of Pimples?," 18 Sep. 2018 Face: Strawberry Facial Cleanser Ingredients: 4-6 ripe strawberries, 2 drops of peppermint oil Uses: Strawberry juice has gentle astringent & bleaching properties and is a great light everyday cleanser. Staff, Woman's Day, "WD on TV: Make Your Own Beauty Products," 20 Jan. 2011 In the mortal world, Diwali, which falls on a different day between October and November each year, is intended to serve in part as a spiritual palette cleanser between the close of one year and the start of another. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Celebrating Diwali, in Light of the Midterms," 10 Nov. 2018 And go for gentle cleansing soaps that are lipid-free (these cleansers are more moisturizing than traditional antibacterial types). Molly Nover-baker, SELF, "11 Treatments That Will Soothe Super Dry Hands This Winter," 26 Dec. 2018 Wiley was responsible for testing all manner of consumer products: food, drink, cosmetics, cleansers, and so forth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 2018 This cleanser is specially formulated with polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), a gentle acid suitable for sensitive skin types, to lightly exfoliate and help keep my blackheads and dead skin cells at bay. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How I Used Korean Skin Care to Treat My Hormonal Acne," 9 Mar. 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 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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