If you’ve read my blog lately…you’ll know I’m kind of on a “homemade” kick. Not necessarily homemade cookies, cakes and buns….but more along the lines of cleaning supplies, beauty products, etc.
I haven’t gone off the deep end and started making my own dishes or shoes or anything like that (of course, never say never!) but more and more I find myself looking for alternatives to the high-priced, over-packaged, chemical-filled stuff. Sure it’s economical, sure it’s the “green” thing to do…but quite frankly…I like the feeling of accomplishment, and sticking it to the big corporations that market this stuff, more. :-)
One thing I still buy and use are those disposable make-up remover cleansing cloths. I really dislike washing my eye makeup off in the sink with soap and water. It’s just a messy proposition and I usually end up getting soap in my eyes and melted make up all over the sink, the counter and my white towels!
Problem is…those makeup remover cloths are EXPEN$IVE! Especially the big brand name ones. So for quite awhile now I’ve been buying the cheapest, store brand ones. But ANOTHER problem is…the cheap ones are CHEAP for a reason. They aren’t as soft and/or moist as their more expensive rivals.
Tonight I saw an idea for making your own baby/makeup remover wipes with all-natural ingredients you probably already have around the house.
The process is so simple I’m not sure you even need a “tutorial,” but here is a photo tutorial in case you’re a visual person, like me. :-)
Start with one roll of paper towels (I highly recommend Viva paper towels for this, but you can use your favorite brand,) and a container with a tight-fitting lid that 1/2 the roll will fit in.
Using one of your sharper knives, cut/saw the roll of paper towels in half.
Place 1/2 of the roll in the container.
Depending on what type of wipes you are making, add your ingredients. (See below.)
Put the lid on your container, turn it over for about 5 minutes, then turn it right side up and pull the cardboard roll out of the center. (It will be well saturated at this point and should slide right out.)
Your wipes are ready to use!
Here are the ingredients you’ll add to the paper towels, depending on what kind of wipes you’re making.
- For baby wipes: 4 cups warm distilled water, 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, and 1-2 squirts of baby wash. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, which has natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc properties.
- For make up remover wipes: 4 cups warm water, 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil. (1-2 squirts of baby wash or your your favorite face wash if you want, but it’s not necessary)
- For cleaning wipes: 4 cups warm water, a few drops of your favorite concentrated cleaner. Also, check out these reusable DIY cleaning wipes.
UPDATE: 11/29/11: A couple of people who have tried this have said their wipes started developing mold within a couple of weeks. A couple of things to try are: Making smaller batches so you are using them up faster….OR….adding some Tea Tree essential oil, which will inhibit the growth of mold. I haven’t had the mold issue…but I live in a very dry climate!
I love that I can customize these wipes to my personal preference…but even better…the $$ savings are phenomenal! (I’d figure it out…..but I have an aversion to calculators!) :-)