On last week’s post, I told you how the Nicaraguan political crisis has inspired me to live a more sustainable life. That’s why this week, I want to share with you a little DIY project to help you produce less garbage during your beauty routine, as well as saving you a lot of money on the long run.

Disposable Wipes versus Reusable Wipes

You probably already know how useful wipes and cotton rounds can be when it comes to removing makeup, cleaning and toning your face. The problem I have with them is the amount of trash I end up generating on a weekly basis. It just feels wrong, especially if your city doesn’t have access to a recycling plant. 

I know it might sound a little bit exaggerated to believe that a few cotton rounds are a big deal. But we also used to believe the same thing about plastic bags and straws just a few years ago. The truth is, every little thing can either help or make the trash problem worse because things do add up. Just think about it. If you use an average of 2 cotton rounds per night, 7 times a week… you’ll end up using an average of 728 cotton rounds a year. That is a lot of trash and a lot of money.

So, If you are willing to try a more sustainable alternative reusable wipes are a great option. You can either buy them online or make your own. It’s super easy and it will grant you a couple hours of much needed occupational therapy.

What You’ll Need

  • Fabric*
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

*There are many different types of fabrics you can choose from. I like to use towels because the texture is really great for absorbing the product and also provide a gentle exfoliation. You can also use wool, or even recycle old cotton t-shirts.

The Process

First, cut out the fabric in the desired shape and size. I have tried both round and rectangular and they are both great. However, rectangles are much easier if you are not very skilled at sewing. Afterward, you want to make sure you secure the edges so that they don’t run out when you wash them. 

You can either use a sewing machine or do it by hand. You just need to run a zig-zag stitch as close as possible to the edges. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but the tighter the stitch, the better. Depending on how skilled you are and how many rounds you are making, this project can take you one or two hours, so make sure you clear your schedule so you can also enjoy the process. It’s very relaxing actually. 

Taking Care of Reusable Wipes

Since you’re going to use them on your face, you want to make sure you wash them on a regular basis. And never ever use the same wipe twice without washing. You can toss the dirty ones into a delicate laundry bag, and then wash them with the rest of your delicate clothes. Also, make sure you make enough wipes so you never run out of them between washes. 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to see more DIY projects on the blog. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with you. Until next time!