Homemade Cosmetic Pads

As part of a daily cleansing routine, most American women are familiar with cotton balls or disposable cotton cosmetic “rounds.” These are often used for applying facial toners, such as Witch Hazel or Rose Water.

Postpartum women are also often familiar with the disposable “Tucks” round pads, soaked in a witch hazel solution, for recovery after difficult births.

Instead of purchasing an assortment of disposable items, I’ve found that it is simple to have a more sustainable option on hand: Homemade Cloth Cosmetic Pads!

They can be washed with your regular laundry, if merely using them for facial care. If using them for postpartum treatments, they can be washed along with “Mama Cloth” and/or cloth diaper loads. (Make sure to rinse them well before tossing into the laundry.)

To prevent these little rounds from getting lost in the laundry, you can wash them in a small mesh “lingerie laundry bag,” or a small muslin pouch. But I don’t think I’ve lost any yet by just tossing them in with the wash.
My mom has enjoyed having these available for her makeup removal while visiting us, so she doesn’t have to worry about getting makeup on our white washcloths and bath towels.

To make mine, I traced around a “regular mouth” half pint jar, which I designated for storing the pads. I folded some scrap flannel fabric in half to make two layers, and cut out the circles slightly smaller than the mouth of the jar. (Cut both layers at the same time, so that you have a “matching pair” of circles.)

Then I zig-zag stitched the two circles together, to make a double-layered pad. (If you have a serger, that would be perfect for the edges, but I don’t have one.) I sewed up a couple dozen, to have available in our bathroom. The edges on flannel usually fray a bit after washing, but you can trim the fabric close to the edge of the zig-zag stitch to prevent them from becoming too unsightly.

If you decide to make your own postpartum solution, you can soak these pads in a “tea” of witch hazel (or add some tincture to water, to create a diluted solution). You could also include white oak bark tincture, too, if desired. Bottles of inexpensive Witch Hazel solutions are widely available in most drug stores (but are typically made in a grain alcohol solution, which I personally have to avoid).

A frugal, healthy solution!

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