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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Nussbaum recommends salicylic acid cleansers for those with acne-prone skin, while Mariwalla turns to peptides to produce more collagen and address other skin problems. Vogue, "Are LED Masks Dangerous? Dermatologists Weigh in on Instagram’s Favorite Face Mask," 1 Aug. 2019 But those are palate cleansers, lowering the audience’s defenses before the main course arrives. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Is Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Stand-Up? Theater? Yes, Please.," 26 July 2019 Let this essay, from the sublime novelist and teacher CJ Hauser, be a palate cleanser. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Puerto Rico’s Victory: raceAhead," 25 July 2019 Remove every last bit of dirt and oil with a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich cleanser that leaves your skin feeling hydrated, happy, and ready for your next skin-care step. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Tata Harper's Summer Birthday Sale Has All Your Faves At 20% Off," 25 July 2019 Editors' Picks: Products That Use Moringa Cleansing Milk with Gentian Clarins $27.21 SHOP IT This waterless cleanser soothes and purifies with a blend of plant extracts, restoring vitality to oily skin. Jennifer Huxta, Marie Claire, "Moringa Oil Is Here to Save Your Skin, Your Hair, and the Planet," 22 July 2019 Sunday Riley Game Changer Kit Traveler Articles Director Stephanie Wu is eyeing Sunday Riley's Game Changer kit, which includes the brand's Good Genes treatment and Ceramic Slip cleanser to exfoliate and brighten the skin at the same time. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Amazon Prime Day Beauty Deals for Frequent Travelers," 16 July 2019 Scrubbing Bubbles Citrus Bathroom Grime Fighter is $3.48 for a 32-ounce bottle, and Bar Keepers Friend, a powdered cleanser, is $2.18 for a 21-ounce can. Washington Post, "The solution for stubborn dirt on porcelain tile? These products, and elbow grease.," 15 July 2019 There is also a sleep mask, hand cleanser, dental kit and socks in the new kits. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Catching z's on a long flight? These US airlines provide amenity kits to help flyers relax," 2 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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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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