DIY Reusable Cotton Rounds

This article is going to help you, not only to save money by using homemade reusable makeup remover pads, but you will also help to save the planet.

Reusable makeup remover pads are good for the environment.

Cotton culture represents 70% of textile production in the world.

The impact of cotton on the environment is considered harmful. According to WWF (, we need 20 000 liters of water to produce one pair of jeans and one t-shirt. Twenty thousand liters of water are also equivalent to the amount of water we use to shower per year per person. That’s huge! Studies show that 20% of water pollution will be caused by cotton production due to the use of insecticide and pesticides globally.

Traditional cotton balls have a dark side. They are usually bleached with chlorine to remove cotton’s natural color – yellowish off-white. Chlorine is very aggressive to the skin. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it straight into your bloodstream, going directly to your delicate organs. Knowing that, why would you use a toxic product in your most extensive and thinnest organ?

The alternative to traditional cotton is organic cotton. This type of fabric is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The Organic Trade Association states that only 0.7% of cotton production is organic.

If you want to go greener, limiting your usage of cotton pads can be an easy first step. Instead of buying disposable cotton pads, you can make your own (or buy them if sewing is not your thing).

Making your makeup remover pads is very cost-effective in the long term. Reusable round pads are more expensive, but you will be able to use them for years. They are also very versatile.

How To Make Homemade Reusable MakeUp Remover Pads

We’ve talked about why it’s essential to switch your beauty regimen. I’m sure you are going to start reconsidering your usage of disposable cotton pads.

To go zero waste and start using your new favorites makeup remover pads, you have two options :

  • Buy them online and support a local artisan,
  • Make them yourself.

As you are currently reading this, I’m sure that you’ve guessed that today we are going to make them by ourselves!

Homemade reusable makeup remover wipes are very versatile and so easy to make!

I chose this old school cardigan found in the second-hand market Two Market in Barcelona for 1€. I love the colors; it’s warm (100% wool). I also like the fact that this cardigan was homemade by a local artisan of Terrassa.

One of the most significant disadvantages of Two Market is the lighting. If you’ve ever been to a thrift shop, you know that the most important thing is to look carefully at the garment before you buy it.

Good lighting is, therefore, more than necessary. Holes, missing button, composition, mark, size, general condition, you never know what you’re going to find at the thrift shop.

When I returned home from my shopping session, I noticed the brown stain (coffee?) in the middle of the cardigan. Despite several washes, it was impossible to clean. So I decided to turn this old school wool cardigan into reusable makeup remover pads.

If you’re not into sewing your reusable pads, you have the option to buy your wipes already made directly online.

For this DIY project, you will need :

  • a piece of clothing you don’t wear anymore. I highly suggest using an item of clothing made with cotton, flannelette, jersey, and wool.
  • a drinking glass
  • a sewing machine
  • a pair of scissors
  • needles
  • a pencil

I know some of you prefer visual support, so I made a video about the process of transforming the wool cardigan into reusable rounds pads.

How to make reusable cotton rounds

Instructions :

  • Put the piece of clothing in a table and use your drinking glass to trace as many circles as you can it.
  • Trace each circle with a pencil
  • With a scissor, cut every ring
  • Use a needle to assemble the two circle together, one over another.
  • Take your sewing machine and sew the borders of each pair of two circles
    You can be creative and play with the shape of the pads. I’ve decided to do rounds pads because it was easier and quicker, but you can make triangles or hearts forms if you want to.

I’ve been able to create 16 make up remover pads out of this wool cardigan. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself!

How to make homemade makeup remover solution

Now that we have our pads ready to go, we need to make a makeup remover solution.

Before using reusable makeup remover pads, I was altering between organic avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil to take off my makeup. A few drops of natural oil in my hands and my makeup is gone. Any oils can do the job; it’s just better if it’s organic or extra virgin oil. It works wonderfully well, and it’s easy to buy in package free shops.

If you prefer using your reusable pads to remove makeup, a homemade makeup remover solution will be a perfect fit.

Not only, does this makeup remover solution is zero waste, but it also takes 2 minutes to make it.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cup organic rose water.

Organic rose water smells fantastic and has tons of benefits for your skin. It’s an antioxidant, antibacterial, that helps to clean the pores of your skin.

It’s also perfect for the eyes thanks to its inflammatory properties. It can help you if you have eye strain or allergies. Of course, before applying the rose water into the solution, I recommend you put a few drops on your arms before applying it to your eyes. If you feel any type of redness, itching or burning, discontinue use and see a doctor.

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

Organic coconut oil can be used in a multitude of ways. You can cook, bake, or use it in your beauty routine. Coconut oil is mostly used as a moisturizer in the bathroom because it’s composed of healthy fats and vitamin E.

Coconut oil tends to solidify when the room temperature is below 20·C.

  • If it’s the case for you, take two spoons of coconut oil into a glass.
  • Put it in a pan until it melts down and becomes a liquid.
  • Once the coconut oil is liquified, put it in a jar and add the distilled water.
  • Close the jar, shake it until the mix is perfectly blended.
  • Store your homemade makeup remover solution into a dark and cold place.

If you’re still using regular cotton pads, I hope this article showed you why you might need to reconsider your usage of cotton pads.


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