How to make your own makeup wipes

make up wipes

By Chelsea Cunningham

To help with practising a zero-waste beauty routine, we’ve found a creative way of making reusable makeup remover pads at home. p.s this whole process is much quicker if you have a sewing machine at home. So dust off your sewing machines and get ready for some home economic flashbacks. 

What you'll need: 

  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine or a needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Around 50cm square of fabric

What to do:

Step 1. Gather some fabric. You'll need roughly half a meter to make maybe twenty-five to thirty pads. Feel free to use an old washcloth or towel or cotton flannel because it's a natural fiber and has a really soft feel.

 Step 2. Depending on what shape you prefer, cut out the pads in either a circle or square. Cut two layers of fabric at a time so when sewing the two layers together they match perfectly.

Step 3. Sew two circles together with wrong sides facing each other. You could also hand sew them together using a blanket stitch. If you need reminding like us, here's a how-to

Tips and tricks:

  •  Pre-wash and dry your fabric so that it shrinks and softens before you begin working with it.
  • Iron everything so you can cut it out accurately
  • Stay away from white and light colours if you're going to be using them for makeup removal as they might stain.

If sewing these reusable makeup remover pads isn’t a realistic option as we barely have time to unsubscribe from our emails, check out these beautiful crocheted wipes by Knitty Bits, on Banish or Herbal Hiraeth’s Organic Muslin Face Cloths

When it comes to washing your reusable makeup remover pads, we recommend placing them in a delicates washing bag. You can find these at any lingerie stores or even your local Woolworth or Coles. Just put them in the washing machine along with other clothes and consciously think about the laundry detergent that you’re going to be using. These wipes will be used on your face so the last thing we need during this DIY process is an allergic reaction. 

About the author:

Chelsea is extremely passionate about reporting on all things beauty, wellbeing and the environment. After completing a Bachelor degree in Business and Media and Communications, Chelsea is focused on becoming a freelance writer and collaborating with like-minded individuals on projects. If you're interested in working together, contact her via: chelsea-j-c@hotmail.com or Instagram @chelseacunningham


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