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Why I’ll Never Go Back To Disposable Makeup Wipes

Two pictures of a woman using makeup remover cloths to wash her face.

It’s been almost 7 years since I switched from using disposable makeup wipes to reusable microfiber makeup remover cloths, and I’ve never regretted it for a second! Everything about makeup remover cloths is superior to the wipes I used to use, so much so that I quickly started offering them in the By Jillee Shop!

New to the concept of reusable makeup remover cloths? Continue reading to learn more about what they are, their benefits, and how to use and care for them.

What Is A Makeup Remover Cloth?

A makeup remover cloth is a cloth you can use to gently remove your makeup, then wash and reuse. While any type of cloth could theoretically qualify as a makeup remover cloth, microfiber cloths are particularly well suited to the task for several reasons:

  • They’re soft. This almost goes without saying, but you don’t want to scrub just any old cloth over your sensitive facial skin! The softer, the better.
  • They’re gentle. All those tiny fibers help lift away more makeup, so you can use less pressure and be kinder to your skin.
  • They’re thorough. Another benefit of those tiny microfibers is that they can reach into all the nooks and crannies in your skin for a more thorough cleansing.
  • They’re “magnetic.” All those fibers act like magnets, grabbing onto makeup particles and locking them away rather than pushing them around on your skin.

So now that you have a better idea of how makeup remover cloths work, you might ask, “But Jillee, why should I give up my current makeup removal method?” And to that, I would respond, “Here are 4 perfectly good reasons!”

4 Benefits Of Using Makeup Remover Cloths

A woman in a pink sweater using a green makeup remover cloth to clean her face.

1. You’ll Save Money

The most obvious benefit of makeup remover cloths is that you can wash and reuse them up to 500 times. So, while a set of makeup remover cloths may cost a few more dollars upfront than a package of disposable wipes, you’ll quickly make all that money back and then some!

Dampening a makeup remover cloth; putting facial cleansing oil in one palm.

2. You Can Customize Your Routine

There are a few ways to incorporate makeup remover cloths into your routine based on your preferences and needs. I like to use one side of a damp makeup remover cloth to wipe off the bulk of my makeup, use my Nourishing Oil Cleanser to dissolve any remaining makeup and wipe it off with the clean side of the cloth, then cleanse a second time with my Purifying Daily Cleanser.

This double cleansing routine has done wonders for my skin, and I highly recommend it! You can also remove your makeup with the cloth and follow up with your preferred cleanser, but adding oil cleansing keeps my skin more moisturized.

Another way to customize your routine with a makeup remover cloth is by using micellar water for additional cleansing rather than water alone. Water alone works great, but micellar water can help dissolve more stubborn types of makeup.

A woman is using a makeup remover cloth to wash her face in front of a mirror.

3. They Gently Exfoliate

Switching to a makeup remover cloth will add gentle exfoliation to your skincare routine. Exfoliation helps to buff away dead skin cells and reveal softer, smoother skin underneath. Your skin will be glowing in no time!

A woman with a clean face showing a makeup remover cloth with makeup all over it.

4. They Make Makeup Removal Easy

You know those nights when you want nothing more than to just crawl into bed as quickly as possible? Makeup remover cloths make taking your makeup off as quick and easy as it gets! Just wet the cloth, wipe off your makeup, and you’ll be ready for your beauty sleep.

A bag of makeup remover cloths on a bathroom sink.

What Kind Of Microfiber Cloth Should I Use To Remove Makeup?

You can use any fluffy microfiber cloth, but I recommend using it exclusively for makeup removal. (You don’t want to remove your makeup with a microfiber cloth that may have cleaning product residue on it!)

I genuinely recommend my Fresh Face Makeup Remover Cloths to anyone interested in switching from another makeup removal method. They’re absorbent, plush, and work like a charm!

We’ve sold nearly 10,000 packages of those fluffy makeup remover cloths in the past five years, so I’m hardly the only one who loves them! Take it from these happy customers:

“I have considered purchasing the makeup remover cloths for some time […] I just wasn’t sure of the cost and the claim they “totally [remove] makeup.” I finally took that leap recently and purchased several. Now I wonder WHY I WAITED SO LONG! These cloths are phenomenal. They really do remove all the makeup. Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING, remains on my face.”

Rhoda M.

“I have always used a warm washcloth to remove my makeup; the microfiber cloths have improved this simple nightly task and made it more efficient and convenient. I like them so much that I purchased a set for each of my sisters and an additional set for travel. They are so much softer than regular terrycloth, [and they] dry faster, can be hand washed, and my skin looks better!”

Melinda B.

But even good things can be improved, and I’ve been hard at work for the past several months making these cloths even better. After analyzing hundreds of survey responses and using all of that amazing feedback, I’m thrilled to announce the new and improved Fresh Face Makeup Remover Cloths are finally here!

Timeless makeup remover cloths are gentle and effective for removing even the most stubborn makeup.

Meet The New Fresh Face Makeup Remover Cloths

First, here’s what hasn’t changed:

  • Size – Their size hasn’t changed; they’re still “just right!” for removing makeup.
  • Quantity – They’re still offered in sets of 4, the quantity preferred by most customers.
These makeup remover cloths have a soft binding and a hanging loop for convenience.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Color – Each set of makeup remover cloths now includes one gray, pink, green, and purple cloth for a fun pop of color.
  • Improved Construction – The updated cloths have a single plush layer for a smoother experience and improved wear over time. They also feature silky-soft binding and a convenient hanging loop!
  • Upgraded Packaging – Their beautifully redesigned packaging makes them gift-ready and includes comprehensive use and care instructions.
A woman holding a complete makeup remover cloth kit.

Also New! The Fresh Face Complete Kit

Looking to go beyond the essentials? Add even more convenience, variety, and functionality to your routine with the all-new Fresh Face Makeup Remover Cloths Complete Kit!

The complete kit of Timeless makeup remover cloths: 7 cloths, mesh laundry bag, and clear zipper bag.

The Complete Kit includes:

  • 7 makeup remover cloths for a hygienic skincare experience every day of the week (plus 3 exclusive new colors: blue, yellow, and tan)
  • Mesh laundry bag for hassle-free cleaning
  • Clear PVC storage bag that’s durable and perfect for travel

Putting a soiled makeup remover cloth into the mesh laundry bag included with the Timeless complete kit.

How To Care For Microfiber Makeup Remover Cloths

The best way to clean your makeup remover cloths is by washing them in a mesh laundry bag, so I suggest having a dedicated bag for that purpose. (You can grab one in the By Jillee shop!) Put dirty cloths in the bag when you’re finished using them, then when you’re ready to wash them, just zip the bag closed and toss it in your washer!

Wash microfiber makeup remover cloths on a delicate, cold-water wash cycle to minimize shedding and extend their lifespan. Similarly to other microfiber cloths, avoid washing them with fabric softeners or lint-producing items. Allow them to air dry or tumble dry with no heat.

There you have it! I wholeheartedly recommend making the switch to a reusable makeup remover cloth — I’m certain you’ll love the benefits just as much as I do!

How do you remove your makeup?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I’ve started using the cloths again.My main problem before was having extra people in the house. They work great with the oil cleansing. I use a regular wipe after to get what’s left off. I actually did like the micellar water, but it can be hard to find sometimes and is cheaper if there’s a store brand.

  • I actually had some. I had gotten rid of them because my sister and family were living with us for awhile and I had decided not to because of sharing a bathroom with a bunch of people. I have been trying to locate more of these cloths. I actually did use the Micellar water . It’s been kind of hard to find lately.

  • I have been using microfibre cloths for many years. You mentioned that you wouldn’t want to use a cloth that has been used for cleaning as it may have residual cleaning products on it, and I agree you should use separate cloths for your face and body from the ones you use for cleaning. I’d like to point out however, that if you are using quality microfibre cleaning cloths, you don’t need or want to use cleaning products. That’s the beauty of microfibre.

  • I bought these cloths and have used them for my face and they work great! I’ve just been a little weary about using them to remove my waterproof mascara…are they good for that, and will the mascara wash off the cloth in the laundry or will they be kind of permanently discoloured…? Thank you! :)

  • First off, I have to say you look very nice without makeup. I stopped wearing it about 30 years ago and my skin has never looked better. What drew me to this article was the fact that these makeup cloths might work on just regular skin like mine even though I don’t wear makeup. I do use the micellar water to wash my face now, and I really like it but I still use a regular washcloth. It nice to change things up every once in a while. Thank you for all of your really nice articles.

  • Ordered these and gave one to each of my daughters. I’m loving mine. I had to search through the comments to read how to clean it. Make it easier for those giving these as a gift. – what they are , how to use and where to purchase more. A small paper insert with these cloths, saying what they are and a quick how to use and clean would be helpful. And don’t forget to add where to purchase more.

    • I am so happy you and your daughter love these. Great suggestion about an insert. I will share this idea with my store manager. Thanks, Carol. :-)

  • I have used microfiber clothes for a couple years now. I can’t use much of anything in my face and especially my eyes so I use baby wash. My skin is so soft and I don’t have any open pores. The plus side is I smell like a baby and who can resist that baby smell.

  • This is so funny..I take care of my 93 year old mom…and guess what..she has always washed her face with terry cloth washcloths ans her skin looks amazing..so back to what we did in the old days!!!!

    • Isn’t that something, Gayle… it seems like this happens a lot. What’s old is new again! We really can learn so much from our older relatives and friends!!

    • Hi Gayle. I’m close to 70 and have only ever just used a terry face washer also. I regularly receive compliments about what lovely skin I have, including from a great friend who is also a qualified beauty therapist and she initially commented on my skin before we became good friends, mind you, after her kind and generous comment, how could we then not become close friends?! I also, so then when I tell them my age, people are amazed and usually think that I’m at least 10 years younger.

      I’ve never considered that I had nice skin because I’d had a face full of freckles before they were ‘trendy,’ but were rather common in Australia in those days because we knew nothing about skin cancers in those days, so the worst thing about getting burnt that our skin peeled! We all just lived in the sun. My freckles had just begun to fade, when my acne began.

      Until recently, my age never came up in conversation, however when chatting with people and I may refer to things that to my mind only happened recently, I then realise that the person I’m chatting with wouldn’t have even been born then! So, I rarely wore anything more than lipstick, blush and eye shadow because in those days it was considered that acne was because you didn’t wash your skin properly! So instead of trying to cover my skin with make-up, I did my best to keep it as clean as possible and ‘let the air get to it’ according to my mother. In fact I probably only exacerbated it with the constant washing because I was constantly removing my natural oils, encouraging my skin to just make more oil. Thank goodness for skin science nowadays!

      I’ve begun to wear a little foundation when I go out somewhere special now because I noticed a couple of little lines on the side of one eye. I’d worn glasses for over 60 years, however I realise that perhaps those lines may have been there for longer, but either they have only recently appeared, or I only noticed them after having cataract surgery which was about the same time that the lines appeared! lol

      However I’ve recently begun to use the disposable wipes with micellar water because by the time I’m ready for sleep, my skin already feels sticky due to the humidity from living 400 metres from the beach, in the sub-tropics. But, like your mother some old habits die hard because I still use a terry cotton face cloth while I’m in the shower, but I like to use the wipes that have micellar water because by the time I’m ready for sleep, I like to give my skin that little extra cleanse directly before my night time skincare regime that I have only been taking seriously for about the last 5 or so years.
      So, as you can see, I’m with your mother Gayle, when it comes to feeling properly clean, if one doesn’t wear make-up regularly, there’s nothing like the feeling of water and a cotton towelling wash cloth! :)

  • Jillee, I’ve always thought you were stunning, but look at you without makeup! Just beautiful. Your hair is wonderful and you always look put together and tasteful. Love your website – one of the first I read every day.

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