Making your own reusable cotton pads is simpler than you might think – it’s all down to selecting the right material. Our simple 5 step process below shows you how to make reusable face pads yourself.
In our fast paced society, we have become people who rely on what is fast and convenient rather than what is best for our valuable environment.
One of the biggest contributions to landfill dump sites are disposable wipes of all sorts.
These include throw away baby diaper wipes, facial makeup removers and/or face cleansing pads, cleaning wipes, personal care cloths and more.
Traditional Farming of Cotton is Bad for the Environment
These disposable wipes are usually made from various cotton materials.
Unless farmed organically, this cotton is typically farmed using toxic chemicals and pesticides during production of the cotton from the plants out in the fields.
These poisonous chemicals can then leach into nearby water supplies making them dangerous to health.
The Dangers of Synthetic Materials in Landfills
Other types of disposable wipes are made from combination materials containing synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon and others.
These can take a very long time to break down in landfills sometimes taking hundreds of years depending on the exact composition.
A Brief Summary of Reusable Face Pads
With global warming, climate change and a push from environmental activists, more people around the globe are committing to doing their part.
Many are taking steps to save the planet keeping eco-friendly topics as front page news.
One way to join in this worthy endeavour is to make better decisions when purchasing products that we use in the home everyday.
Today, disposable face pads, diaper wipes and cleaning cloths are tossed into the trash at the count of tons and ten thousands of tons of waste just from this type of product every day.
Are Reusable Face Pads Really Better?
Many people never think twice about how much their household is contributing to the world’s declining status.
Some would wonder if making the switch from disposable over to reusable face pads are really better in the whole scheme of things.
Environmentalists agree that reusable face pads can dramatically reduce the landfill piles substantially if everyone does the same.
These reusable face pads can be found ready made and ready to use, or interested individuals can opt to make them instead.
This saves the planet and a wad of cash as an added incentive.
Take the small bit of time to get educated about how to make reusable face pads that are definitely better for the environment and all who live on it.
Easy Steps for Making your Own Reusable Face Wipes
Mastering how to make reusable face pads is easier than you think.
Simply gather up the supplies and follow some easy steps.
First, decide on your material choice.
These pads are intended to be washable, and it is best to select fabrics that will hold up in the washing machine for frequent washing.
Natural organically sourced cotton is a wonderful fabric selection.
Other great fabrics include muslin sheets, soft flannels, hemp or bamboo cotton, terrycloth, natural wool cotton, knit jersey, fleece and combination blends of a soft material that is gentle on facial skin.
Things You Will Need:
- Scraps of before mentioned fabrics
- Good sewing scissors
- Sewing machine, serger or Overlock machine
- Circle stencil, compass or round object size of rounds desired
- Rotary cutter if preferred
- Cutting board/mat
- Pins if desired
Note: 1 yard of organic flannel or soft cotton will yield roughly 60 smaller facial rounds.
Place fabric double layered on cutting mat.
The rounds can be made of any colour or pattern of fabric, and simply place the 2 backsides together so the outer round surfaces are the top fabrics.
Take round glass or other object and use marking pen to trace out the circles.
Alternately, use a compass to create the same sized rounds.
Space the circles so that you are using as much fabric for rounds as possible.
Use a sewing pin to hold both fabric round sides together.
Carefully cut all around the circle patterns with scissors or with the rotary cutter using mat to protect the floor or tabletop being used.
Use serger or overlock machine, carefully serge around the entire outer edges of each fabric circle.
Each round should have 2 layers of fabric.
If using regular sewing machine, use a zig-zag stitch remembering to backstitch ends to secure the stitching.
Cut stray threads.
Tie a pile of finished rounds with a pretty bow of ribbon.
Add some small travel facial washes, lotions or other beauty product or make your own facial cleanser using wholesome ingredients.
Put in a festive glass jar to give as welcome gifts.
An easy no-sew way to make your own washable facial pads is to purchase low cost baby washcloths.
Use as is, or cut to size.
Some crafty individuals like to crochet small facial rounds out of their favourite soft yarns or sturdier hemp, jute or bamboo twine.
These materials are naturally resistant to moulds or mildew and dry naturally via UV rays.
How to Wash your DIY Reusable Cotton Pads
Now that you know how to make reusable cotton face pads, you will want to learn how to keep your handmade rounds clean.
Find or make a small bag out of a soft mesh fabric with an attached drawstring to keep rounds safely inside.
Simply toss in the washing machine and wash then hang dry or tumble dry on low-heat.
There are many recommendations for how to use reusable face pads.
Once you’ve accomplished how to make reusable face pads you will likely wonder why you hadn’t done this before.
More individuals are committing to being kinder to our world’s natural resources and fragile eco-systems.
It’s getting much simpler to buy or make your own eco-friendly personal and home care products.