DIY Make-up Remover Wipes

I recently made an out of state trip to take one of my children back to college. During the trip, I purchased some make-up remover wipes. When I got home, my youngest found them and “disposable- make-up-remover-purchaser-not-using-something-sustainable” shamed me! Oh the nerve of that one! 😉 I was miffed however she is right. They are easy to make at home and I could have easily carried some of my own on the trip.

I use double-sided flannel wipes I made, but you could also use thin washcloths or cut up flannel. If you plan on using flannel without hemming, I would pre-wash and dry and cut out with a pair of pinking shears to prevent fraying. I made my wipes into six inch squares. If you do not have a 14 year old eco warrior at your house or if you want to make some disposable wipes for travel, you could also use cut up paper towels or those little cotton rounds you can find in the aisle with cotton balls at any drugstore.


  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mild soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I use almond but you could use coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 4 drops Essential Oil (I add carrot seed oil and lavender oil. This is not necessary but I like the scent of lavender and carrot seed oil adds some extra moisture!)

Whisk the ingredients together and pour over your wipes.

If you are using small cotton rounds, you may want to 1/2 the recipe.

Pour the mixture over your wipes.

*You want your wipes to be covered in liquid so depending on what you use for your wipes, you may have to increase the recipe.

I keep my wipes in a glass container with a lid. I usually make enough wipes at a time to last 1-2 weeks. You can leave these out of the fridge for about 7-10 days if you keep them in a cool, dry place. I keep mine in the fridge because I live in Florida and there is no cool/dry place.

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