Make Your Own Cheap, Reusable Makeup Wipes


Here are a few things you might like to know about me:


1. I hate spending money on beauty products. This could be because I spent more than my share of money on nail polish as a teenager, or it could just be because that stuff is PRICEY! Anyway, I hate spending money on makeup, cleansers, moisturizers, etc.


2. I like things I can wash and re-use. I don’t buy paper towels– that’s what rags are for. I only buy napkins when I know we have a party coming up. Wash, dry, use again… that’s my preferred way to roll.


3. I’m lousy at remembering to wash my face before bed. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I often wear at least a little. A dot of concealer here, a smudge of bronzer there… this is “stuff” on my skin that should be coming off before I sleep. But I forget. Often.


Awhile back, this post for DIY eye makeup remover went near viral among my Pinterest peeps. I don’t actually wear much eye makeup… mascara for special occasions and eye liner? Well, never. But, nonetheless, I was inspired by the idea.


I decided to try to create my own reusable makeup wipes. I figured that, if I was successful, this might greatly increase the likelihood of my washing my face each night!


Here’s how I did it–


The tools:

  • empty wipes container (these have gotten way cuter over the years, it seems…)
  • flannel, cut into 6-8″ squares (I used an old pillowcase!)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baby shampoo or baby wash
  • 1/2 teaspoon baby or olive oil (people mentioned using coconut oil on the original post, but I don’t see how that would really work unless your home is always at or above 76 degrees– around here, you’d wind up with little hard white bits in there.)


What to do with it:

Dump water, shampoo (or baby wash), and oil in the empty wipes tub. Whisk it around for a bit. Drop all the flannel squares in there.*  (I think I have about a dozen, but I wouldn’t really need that many.) Remove a square as needed, squeeze excess liquid out, and wipe face. When finished cleansing skin, toss used square in the washer and dryer and then just put back in the tub of cleanser.

*I also toss some cotton balls in there. I pull one of those out if I just need to touch up a mascara smudge or some such thing.


The verdict:

I do wash my face more consistently– yay! This method is more than enough to get my skin clean and remove whatever makeup I’ve chosen to wear. I’m not sure if it would tackle the whole foundation/blush/eyeliner nine-yards. I’ve not tried it, but I think it would work. You might just need two squares of flannel to get it all off. I also love having these little squares handy for when I just need a quick freshen-up… like after walking or waiting at the bus-stop.


Go ahead! Whip up a batch. I think you’ll find they’re handy little things to have around.


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