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DIY Makeup Remover Pads: Vol. 2, Day 27

DIY makeup remover pads
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About a year ago, I did a post about DIY makeup remover that costs just pennies to make and works as well as any brand of cleaner I’ve ever used.  I have made that same “recipe” a couple times and I still love using it. Some homemade products make these claims of greatness but don’t quite follow through and deliver. But not this one! The other day, I saw a pin from Enjoy the View and she made cleaning pads with her makeup remover.  I thought this was a great idea! I already had all the supplies I needed for making DIY makeup remover pads with my own ingredients and I finally put them together today.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

What you’ll need

What to do

  1. Mix water, shampoo and oil in a cup.
  2. Pour a little into the bottom of the jar.
  3. Place cotton swabs on top of cleaner and press down to make sure they get saturated.
  4. Repeat until jar is full of saturated makeup pads. I had 1/2 cup of remover liquid leftover, so I just stored it in a jar so it’s ready for next time.

I tied a little bow around the top of my jar since it will be on display in my bathroom.  I just wish I had a Silhouette to make a cutesy little label for my jar! 🙂 But that’s OK. My satisfaction will come from how much money I’m saving by using my own DIY makeup remover pads instead of a tiny package from the store!


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  1. I was just wondering if you could use baby wash instead of shampoo? I have baby wash on hand along with the other ingredients but didn’t know if anyone else had tried this.

  2. I love this idea! Thanks for posting this!

    It’s nice to have the pads ready since sometimes I can get lazy…but since it’s super critical to clean your face and not go to bed with makeup on, this will be encouraging and make it easy-and with simple cheap products!

    1. You’re welcome! And I’m one of those chronically lazy people who forgets to take off her makeup all the time. This really helps! (I also like that it doesn’t burn my eyes the way other makeup removing wipes do)

  3. I had a particular type of eye infection/issue, the eye doctor said to use baby shampoo to wash out my eyes every morning and night. It did not burn or dry my skin out at all. I use it all the time now.

  4. This sounds great however I am wondering how it is preserved as water breaks down and stagnates? Are there preservatives to prevent this happening?

    1. I think this was discussed in the comments earlier. Someone suggested using distilled water. I had one batch that was perfectly fine and lasted until I used it up. Then another batch I made started to smell bad after a couple months. I know I left too much liquid standing in the second batch. Make sure to really squeeze out the excess so the pads are just damp, not soaked. Also, only make what you would use in a month or two and save the liquid in a jar or other container until you’re ready to make more 🙂

      1. I tried this but after a week they started to get mold. Do you know how I can prevent this? should I add more or less water or a little bit of salt?

  5. Maybe this is a silly question, but can we use it every night, and does it have to be rinsed off with warm or cold water or it doesn’t matter?

    1. Yes, you can use it every night- it’s very gentle on the skin. As for rinsing, you could do whatever you prefer. I usually just dab my face with a damp washcloth if there’s any soapy residue on my face. Hope that helps!

  6. I made these and added a few drops of tea tree oil. I love them, have had no problems with irritation at all and will never go back to buying make-up wipes. I think my next batch may have some witch hazel added too. Thanks for the post.

    1. There is a light scent that comes from the baby shampoo already, unless you choose to use the scent-free kind. I would look into essential oils if you wanted to add your own scent, though.

      1. I found that I used coconut oil instead of the baby oil along with distilled water. I too had a “funky” odor from one batch prior to using distilled water.. (*boil water and cool prior to making your remover)

        1. That’s a great idea, thanks! You can use any type of oil, really. The first time I made a batch I used olive oil. 🙂 Coconut would smell nice, though. And distilled water is probably the answer to the “funky smell” issue.

  7. Are these meant more for make-up on the face or on the eyes? I buy pads like these for my eye make-up. Even though baby shampoo is gentle on eyes I’m wondering if repetitive use, along with the oil on the eyes would be irritating?

    1. I made them a couple different times, and one time my last few started to smell odd, too. I didn’t see any mold, but they were probably turning. The difference was that I saturated them too much. They were REALLY wet instead of just damp. So make sure you pour very slowly and squeeze the liquid into the cotton as you go. Then just set aside what’s left over for later. Also, make sure you’re using a jar you can keep closed. Hope that helps!

  8. Thanks for the wonderful idea! I bought the baby shampoo, baby oil, and cotton pads for $1 each at Dollar General. I then bought 1/2 pint Ball mason jars at Target and made my first batch today. I love the way it smells and am glad to know that only these mild ingredients are in it.

    I am going to make several batches and tie cute ribbons on the jars and use them as stocking stuffers, along with your recipe for making more. I think my frugal DIY female family members will love having the make-up remover pads and recipe for making future batches for pennies!!!

    1. I’m so glad! I ran out of of cotton pads a little while ago, so I need to make some more. Glad to know you can find them at the dollar store! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and all your frugal family 🙂

  9. This is brilliant! I’ve made a similar recipe with coconut oil for makeup remover, but never thought to just pour it over the makeup remover pads. And FYI, the coconut oil is making my eyelashes grow too!

    1. I love the idea of adding coconut oil instead of olive or vegetable, problem is coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it would probably need to be heated to melt prior to mixing with other ingredients.

  10. Hey Nicole,
    It’s me, Kim from Daily Blog Post, I too have been using the DIY Make-Up remover, but these pads are a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’ll drop by to visit soon. Pinning and sharing on Facebook, G+ and Tweeting.

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