DIY Make-Up Remover Wipes

… aka my adventure into becoming a hippie.

So I read about these homemade baby wipes over on White House Black Shuttersand it got me thinking.  I don’t have babies yet (nor am I planning any in the near future, before you ask.) But I used to use those store-brand makeup removing cloth/wipe things.  I stopped buying them, because they were just too expensive.  But when I saw these, the wheels started turning.  I spent a week or so looking up different ‘recipes’ for homemade make-up removers and cleansers.  Based on some recommendations from my friend Jess, I headed to the local hippie hangout organic co-op.

I tried this twice, but the first time I had some issues.  Things I learned: don’t use too much oil, or it won’t absorb evenly into the paper, make sure to pour it over the paper towels (instead of trying to submerge it.)  And, whatever you do, don’t shake it up in a container until you know for sure it’s sealed tightly… unless you want splatters of oily water all over your kitchen. (I still can’t get my kitchen floor completely clean, by the way.)

SO after saying all that, here’s what I ended up with. I’ve only used it a few times, but so far my face feels nice and clean. And it really does work for taking off my make-up, even the waterproof mascara!  Here’s the recipe:

DIY Make-up Removing Cloths


  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 2 C hot water
  • 1/2 TBL jojoba oil
  • 1/2 TBL grapeseed oil
  • few drops (4-5) of tea tree oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half (yes you really can do this, just use any large knife.) Make sure you grab one that’s got the select-a-size kind of ones (so they’re smaller and last longer.)  Set aside one half and use the other.  You could double the ingredients and make both at the same time, but I’m not sure how long they’ll last.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix very well. (I added them all to an old water bottle and shook it really well.)
  3. Place 1/2 of paper towel cut side down in a airtight container. (I used an old 7-Cup Rubbermaid.)
  4. Squish it down (the paper tube will bend) and pour liquid mixture over paper towels evenly.
  5. Add lid and flip upside down for at least an hour.
  6. Remove cardboard tube and pull up paper towels from inside.

The jojoba oil and grapeseed help remove the makeup and moisturize skin, while the tea tree oil is a natural antimicrobial and is good for acne-prevention.  I read a few reviews that said the mixture can get moldy if it sets too long, but that baking soda can prevent any issues.  It’s not bad for your skin in anyway, so why not add a little?

So there you go.  This is what works for me, but I recommend playing around with different ratios of the oils to see what is most effective for your skin.  Have you made any DIY health care potions? What do you recommend?


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