A couple of weeks ago, after publishing the DIY Honey Face Wash, a Live Simply reader commented, “Do you think this could be incorporated into DIY face wipes? Maybe not even disposable ones, but a jar of cloths that I washed regularly. I have gone to bed in make-up a few nights because I was just too tired.” Immediately my head began spinning with DIY possibilities.
What a brilliant idea!
For this reason and so many more, I love each and every one of you. You’re the reason Live Simply is such an amazing community of like-minded people looking to simplify the often complex world of real food and natural living.
Reusable wipes are not a new thing here at Live Simply. Two of my favorite DIYs are the reusable floor and surface wipes. Both are super easy to make and leave my home sparkling clean (which is no small task with two dogs, two kids, one husband, and eight chickens).
While many people feel overwhelmed with the idea of making homemade cleaners, I’ve found both reusable cleaning recipes require less time and effort to make and use than ordering and/or going to the store for a bottle of cleaner. Plus the savings are quite significant.
When a homemade product is super simple to maintain and packs major cleaning power, I’m much more likely to incorporate the product into a long-term lifestyle. That’s why you will never find complicated homemade products here at Live Simply. Who’s got time for that? Not this gal. Simple is the name of the game around here.
DIY Facial Wipes are the epitome of a simple beauty routine. Baby washcloths are used to make the wipes extra soft, durable, reusable, and affordable. I spent $3.99 for a pack of four washcloths at Target. A simple cleansing solution is then poured over the washcloths. This solution is created by only using four natural ingredients. Let’s take a look..
H2O. Because this solution sits on the counter for weeks, I recommend using distilled or boiled water to keep bacteria from growing.
Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is a well-known, natural astringent that’s used to remove excess oil from the skin. Witch hazel is also known for the treatment of acne.
Nourishing Oil. Since oil dissolves oil, it’s only natural to add a nourishing oil to a homemade facial cleansing recipe.
Castile Soap. One of my favorite multi-purpose DIY ingredients. Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients. I use castile soap for everything from homemade laundry detergent to body wash and hand soap. I recommend using either the Baby Mild Castile Soap or Tea Tree Castile Soap for facial cleansing.
The creation of homemade facial wipes came at just the right time. Last weekend our family enjoyed a mini-vacation. We spent one night at a hotel and the following day at Disney World. I didn’t want to pack all of our personal care items for a 12 hour overnight vacation. Instead of packing a face wash or oil bottle, I grabbed two reusable facial cleansing wipes and placed them in a snack-size baggie. The facial wipes were the perfect travel solution!
If you travel frequently, these wipes will dramatically reduce the weight and volume of your suitcase. Trust me, I have first-hand experience. My only caution is to skip the castile soap if you don’t have access to water during your travels.
Even if traveling (let alone getting out of the house to go to the grocery store once a week) isn’t your thing right now, DIY Homemade Facial Wipes are an affordable time-saver for removing make-up at the end of the day, or facial cleansing without the need for an actual bottle of soap.
DIY Homemade Reusable Facial Cleansing Wipes
- 3/4 cup distilled water boiled water will also work
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1 TB jojoba oil or other nourishing oils: almond, avocado, olive, apricot, argan
- 1 TB castile soap Baby Mild or Tea Tree
- 7-10 washcloths
- 1 glass storage jar I found the jar pictured at Target
- Place the baby washcloths in the storage jar. Set aside.
- In a medium-size bowl, combine the distilled water, witch hazel, nourishing oil, and castile soap.
- Pour the liquid solution into the storage jar, covering the baby washcloths with the solution. Press the washcloths down into the liquid.
When you introduce water into a product without a preservative you always run the risk of introducing bacteria, so use water-based products quickly.
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I haven’t tried it.
I was just thinking that some kind of vitamin c might be good- like essential lemon oil or lemon juice- maybe even add cucumbers for hydration.
That sounds lovely, Janie!
I read that tea tree and vitamin e oils work as preservatives, would adding one of them make the wipes last longer? Also, is there a particular reason you use a glass jar? Would I be able to use a baby wipe dispenser?
Neither one will preserve. Tea tree may but the quantity needed would be substantial. Vitamin e keeps oils from going rancid. I recommend distilled water for longer shelf life. You can use a baby wipe dispenser.
I have never liked washing my face in the sink what with the cold water, getting my elbows damp, the splashing etc so i didn’t wash my face as much as I should. Store bought face wipes leave a film that irritates my skin and encourages breakouts. I’m trying your DIY out as of this morning (Instead of castille soap, I’ve substituted natural saponins from infusing the distilled water with california lilac blossoms) and love how my face feels. It smelled great and was very gentle and soothing. Here’s hoping my skin will like it long term and thank you for the DIY.
That’s great Colleen! So happy you loved it.
I love the idea, of using a reusable wipe, to clean my face at night. I am very lucky to have good skin, but I’ve noticed age catching up with me. What do you think about fractionated coconut oil? I use avocado oil for cooking but I concerned about the scent. I would like to do my best to keep it scent free.
Hey Sue, You can use fractionated coconut oil. Coconut oil isn’t for everyone’s skin, so make sure your skin does well with it. Grapessed oil would be another choice.
Hi, I adore your site and have been wanting to try these face wipes for years as store bought are so expensive and irritate my skin. My daughters faces needed something to get clean from oil and acne lately and I was looking for natural and remembered these! My question though is that I don’t have liquid in the jar once poured. The washcloths soak it right up. At first I thought it was the cushy bamboo cloths I had so I bought cheap thin baby washcloths and same. I doubled the liquid recipe too. Is it normal for the cloths to absorb it all? I thought in your pics it looks like the cloths are sitting in liquid. Thanks so much for so many amazing recipes and tips!
Hey Jill, Thank you! Yes, this is very normal. You can squeeze some of the liquid out of the cloths, too.
I just made these to take camping! Yeah for bathing!:)
That’s awesome! They’re so great for camping. Have fun.
How long could the cleansing mixture sit for before bacteria grows once waters added? If i added oregano oil into the mixture, would that perserve it? How do you know when the mixtures gone bad.
Hey Leah, I can’t say for sure a time frame since this will depend on many factors. That’s why I recommend working in small batches when it comes to homemade products. I’m not sure how much oregano oil would be needed to preserve the amount of liquid used here.
You could skip the water and use witch hazel instead. This would be my recommendation for extending the “life” of the mixture.
Hey! Love this post. I was wondering if anyone has unlocked a recipe for a DIY version of Olay’s water activated cleansing cloths? I CANNOT figure it out, but I think they’d be helpful for when I travel (which is a lot). I don’t typically like to use disposable wipes, but the reusable ones are a major pain to travel with for me. What are your thoughts?
I have eczema on my face and cannot really use any kind of towelettes or facewash because my skin is so sensitive. All these ingredients seem to be natural. Have you had anyone comment with eczema?
Hey Kayla, I realize your comment is 2 years old, but here’s my 2 cents anyway:
I haven’t made these yet, but plan on it for my next camping trip. I have eczema and sensitive skin, and I actually use witch hazel and jojoba oil as my regular skin care products on their own, with just a bar of aloe soap to wash. My only concern with this recipe will be the castille soap – Dr. Bronner’s is usually pretty good – I use it for a sugar scrub I make for a whole-body scrub every once in a while, including my face with no reaction, but it’s not an everyday thing. If you use the Baby soap version it should be fine, but the only way to know for sure is to test it, unfortunately.
I’m interested in trying this! Is this effective at removing both mascara and eye liner? And is this irritating to the eyes?
Hey Jessica, Depending on the products used, they should be. I also like these for removing makeup: https://livesimply.me/2017/09/29/homemade-makeup-remover-wipes-pads-disposable-travel-friendly/
LOVE THIS! Quick question, I used disposable wipes since I travel overseas a lot in areas that don’t have access to laundry easily. Right now I have them soaking in a mason jar. I’m planning on transferring the wipes to a baby wipe container to take with me. Do I put the mixture in the container with the wipes after they’ve soaked, or will they be fine without the mixture ?
Hey Sarah, Perfect! Hmmmm, that depends on how long you’ll need them to stay moist. I would add just a small amount of liquid, if they will need to stay moist for a few days. Maybe 1 tablespoon worth of liquid?
Is Sal Suds safe to use on skin? I thought it was a household detergent?
Hey Carolyn, Oops, I thought you were referring to cleaning :). Yes, it’s for cleaning, not to use on the skin as a skincare product. For the skin, my best advice to dilute the castile even more than a recipe calls for.
We have hard water and Castille soap leaves an oily film on everything. Is there another soap I can use as a substitute?
Hey Carolyn, Sal Suds should work great for you!