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.
* 2 tablespoons of Clean & Clean Foaming Face Wash (Or your favorite foaming face wash)
* 3 cups of warmed, distilled water
* 7 wash cloths
* Large jar with lid
* Container to keep used cloths in
* Large bowl
1. Measure distilled water into a microwave safe container. Microwave for about 2 minutes (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 cloths 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 cloths into quarters and place them inside your jar. Stack them, rather than stuff 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.
Gently rub wipe over face to cleanse. Run the cloth under water, wring out. Use clean wipe over face to remove any remaining cleanser. It can really be a 15 second process if you’re in a rush.
Gently rub wipe over face to cleanse. Run the cloth under the hottest water you can handle and wring it out. Gently press clean wipe over face. Leave on until cool (about 20 seconds), then gently rub wipe over 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 seconds to spare!
The first time I did this, I used full sized cloths and only made 7 cloths to last a week. This was an inconvenience since I prefer to wash my face twice per day. Since then, I’ve cut the cloths in half to make 14 wipes, which is enough for 2 uses per day. The cloths do fray if you cut them. I’m okay with this. If you aren’t and have some sewing skills it should be pretty simple to sew the edges to prevent fraying.
Update: I no longer recommend cutting your cloths 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 cloths.
I keep my already-used 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 times 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 with mold.
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 towels, and my kitchen cloths. 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.
I’d love to know if you try them yourself!