Making my own DIY Reusable Face Wipes for 71 Cents per Week is a game changer! These easy little wipes that only take a couple minutes to make will cut down your cosmetic budget so much that you won’t turn back!
Face wipes are just so darn convenient. They also make my wallet cry. When I realized I was spending $6 on only two weeks’ worth of wipes, I decided to make my own homemade face wipes. Making my own DIY Reusable Face Wipes allows me to save money, be a little more green, and continue to use a product that I love in a more convenient way, all while making it stretch further.
How to Make Homemade Face Wipes
The initial investment is going to be the washcloths and the jar with the lid. After that, this is so cheap to make as it’s just the 2 tbsp of Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash every 1-2 months or so, depending on how much you use face wipes.
- 2 tablespoons of Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash (Or your favorite foaming face wash)
- 3 cups of warmed, distilled water
- 7 washcloths
- Large jar with lid
- Container to keep used washcloths in
- Large bowl
1. Measure distilled water into a microwave safe container. Microwave for about 90 seconds (should be warm to the touch, not burning hot).
2. Pour 1/2 of water into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the measured amount of foaming face wash. Whisk until bubbly.
3. Using clean hands, place your washcloths in the bowl and massage them into the mixture in order to coat them. Add in the remaining water and massage the mixture into the cloths until they’re all saturated. If you see a mountain of bubbles forming, it’s totally normal.
4. Grab your bowl, squeeze the cloths and flip your bowl over a sink to let the liquid drain out. Squeeze some more until you’ve removed as much of the liquid from the cloths as possible.
5. Fold washcloths into quarters and place them inside your jar. Stack them so you’ll easily be able to reach in for another day after day. Then place the lid on your jar and you’re done!
That was easy, wasn’t it? No chemist skills required.
How to Use Homemade Face Wipes
Now that we made them, here is a quick rundown on how to use them!
To Use DIY Face Wipes:
Gently rub the wipe over your face to cleanse. Run the cloth under water and wring it out. Use a clean wipe over your face to remove any remaining cleanser. It can really be a 15 second process if you’re in a rush.
Relaxing Method (My preferred one):
Gently rub the wipe over your face to cleanse. Run the cloth under the hottest water you can handle and wring it out. Gently press clean wipe over your face. Leave it on until it cools (about 20 seconds), then gently rub the wipe over your face to remove any remaining cleanser. This makes me feel like I’m at a spa and I do this when I have a few minutes to spare in the morning. This is also where using nice washcloths can really make a huge difference. The foamy action of the Clean and Clear is so luxurious! You are going to love it!!!
About the Cloths
The first time I did this, I used full sized washcloths and only made seven washcloths to last a week. This was an inconvenience since I prefer to wash my face twice per day. Since then, I’ve cut the washcloths in half to make 14 wipes, which is enough for two uses per day. You have to love my math skills, right? 😀
The washcloths do fray if you cut them. I’m okay with this. If you aren’t and have some sewing skills it is pretty simple to sew the edges to prevent fraying.
Update: I no longer recommend cutting your washcloths in half without sewing the edges. After a few washes, they’re ridiculously difficult to untangle from one another. I’m now back to using full-sized washcloths. But if you have sewing skills, you can sew up the frayed ends and eliminate this issue.
Storing Used Face Wipes
I keep my used face wipes in a lidded container (tupperware) on the bathroom counter. The lid isn’t a necessity. I just use it to hide the mess. In fact, I never fully close the lid on the container. I just rest the lid in an offset position which leaves about an inch of open space on one side. This is to allow air to circulate, which should prevent mold. I’ve now done this a few weeks and have not had any mold issues.
Speaking of mold, it’s important to use distilled water since that also works in preventing mold. Don’t ask me why or how (beats me), but for some reason it works. If you do not use distilled water, it’s at your own risk, and you are more likely to develop issues.
If you do experience mold, soak the washcloths in a container of bleach water overnight and it will kill it. Then, wash in the washing machine on a hot cycle as usual.
Laundering DIY Face Wipes
At the end of the week, I place the wipes in a lingerie bag (so I’m not hunting for them later), and simply throw them in with a load of bath and kitchen towels. No extra fuss!
When I take them out of the dryer, I take a few minutes to make my own face wipes all over again. It is super simple and takes just a few minutes. Once you make them a couple times, it takes less than 5 minutes to do this so it’s so worth the money savings and it is better for the environment.
Cost Breakdown of Homemade Face Wipes
Washcloths – I bought them at Homegoods for $4 for four of them. I bought two packs so I would have one a day.
Jar – I bought it at Homegoods for $5
These items will not be purchased again and if you choose NOT to keep making wipes can be used for other purposes. I like experiments like that!
Clean and Clear Facial Soap – I bought it at Walmart for $4.47 and I’ll get eight jars worth = $0.56
Distilled Water – I bought it at Walmart for $0.80 and I’ll get 16 cups worth. I need three cups of distilled water per jar = $0.15
TOTAL PER JAR: $0.71!!!! This is a per week after the initial investment of the jar and the washcloths!!! HELLO! I was paying $6 for two weeks worth when I purchased the pre-made mixtures from the store! This is totally worth it for the less than 5 minutes it takes me to make these!!!