I wrote a post last year about how to make your own wipes using paper towels. That has been one of my most viewed posts! But, I’ve been challenging myself lately, on how to eliminate as many “disposable” items in my home as possible. I’ve made un-paper towels, and I’ve replaced my disposable Wet-Jet refill pads, with washable pads of my own.
I really love my hand made wipes, as I use them in the car, in the office, and I especially like using them as make-up remover wipes. Making them myself has been a great money-saver. I use them twice a day, one in the morning, and one in the evening before bed. But, I cringe every time I have to throw one in the trash, because I use it once and then it’s garbage.
So, one day the light bulb went on in my head and I came up with these RE-USABLE makeup wipes!
The first thing I had to do, was find the perfect CONTAINER. Because I knew how I wanted to make them, and what size I wanted them to be, but I didn’t have the right container at home, and so the search began. I ended up finding the perfect container at Walmart. (How I love Walmart!) It was in their kitchen/organizing section, with the Rubbermaid containers and such. I was hemming and hawing over all the other containers, as none of them were what I had in my mind. Then, I found it. It was a perfectly square container, 4″ x 4″ and it was by Better Homes & Gardens, and had a completely air tight sealed lid. It was priced at $3.97. In the cart it went!
I already had all of my other supplies needed for this task. I had some leftover cotton fabric (you can use whatever you like) and terry cloth. If you don’t have terry cloth fabric, you can upcycle an old towel! I measured the container and figured the size I needed. I wanted the pads to be about 3″ x 3″. So I cut out my fabric squares. I chose a pretty yellow, blue and green flowered pattern for my pads. I cut out one terry cloth sized square for every flowered square.
I ended up making 15 squares of each. This would make 15 pads.
If you sew, you probably already know how to do this, but for anyone new to sewing, I’ll give some quick directions. First, make sure the RIGHT sides are together, and sew about a 1/4″ seam on all 4 sides of the squares. MAKE SURE you leave about a 1.5″ gap that is unsewn. Trim your corners off at an angle. Then pull the pad right side out through that gap you did not sew. Pull out the corners (I use a seam ripper) and make sure your corners are nice and squared. Then, you’ll sew all around it again (this is called top-stitching) and make sure you go over the part where you left the gap. Top-stitching over this will close up the gap.
I’m top-stitching the pad here.
You can see how it’s terry cloth on the opposite side.
Once you’re done top-stitching, you’re done! That’s it. Now just repeat that about 14 more times 🙂
Don’t they look nice?
After I had 15 pads made, I had to make my wipe solution. And that is so easy~peasy! All you need is water, baby wash, and coconut oil.
Why coconut oil? Coconut oil is GREAT for your skin! If you would rather use a different oil, go for it! Use whatever solution you like that works best for you. But this is how I make mine.
Remove the wipes from the container, if you have them in there. Then mix about 1/2 cup of water, 2 or 3 squirts of baby wash, and about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in the container.
Then give it a good shake!
Then just add your pads to the container, and the pads will soak up all that solution! If you have too much solution in there, just pour some out. You don’t want these to be sopping wet, you just want them slightly wet.
Here’s my new container ~ vs ~ my old container. The new one looks so much nicer, don’t you agree? And it also takes up less than 1/2 the room on my counter! And since the pads are a pretty print, I don’t feel the need to hide them anymore!
Don’t you just love them?
Oh, and since they are soft cotton on one side, and terry cloth on the other, you can use one side as a makeup remover and the other side as a little face wash cloth.
To wash these bad boys, I’ll be sticking them in a mesh bag like this one from Amazon, and then throwing them in the washer. They are small, so I’m afraid they would get lost in the laundry otherwise!