It’s easy to make your own makeup remover pads. Easier, in fact, than trying to find some that are fairly inexpensive and also good at taking off your makeup. Armed with the knowledge from this article, you can make some do-it-yourself remover pads that can take off even the most suborn makeup (looking at you, waterproof mascara).
To complete this project, first you’ll need to collect several different ingredients. You most likely have these ingredients on hand already, but if not, all of them are easy to find. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 ½ tablespoons of tear-free baby shampoo
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Cotton rounds
- Container (plastic works best for this—Ziploc makes some great containers that are small and portable)
Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients together, put the water, shampoo, and coconut oil into a mixing bowl. You’re going to have to warm the coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave to liquefy it. When you have all the ingredients in the bowl, stir them lightly to mix the oil, water, and shampoo. Essentially, that’s it! The best part of this project is that it doesn’t require any cooking. As soon as everything is mixed together, you’re finished with the remover.
Next, gather your plastic containers and your cotton pads. Pour the mixture into the containers until they’re about three quarters full. Split up the rounds so that you’ll have enough for each container. Fill the containers with the cotton pads, press them down into the solution, and flip the containers so that the liquid coats each round. That’s all there is to it! Wasn’t that easy?
After making these pads, I found that there were a few things I might have done differently. For example, if you don’t use up the pads within a few weeks, you might experience some issues with mold and fungus. If you see mold, make another batch and add some tea tree oil. It’s a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Also, if you notice solidified coconut oil, all you have to do is rub it into the pad. The warmth from your hand should melt it again. If it really bothers you, feel free to use less coconut oil. The recommended amount is just a suggestion for removing really stubborn makeup.
You can make your own makeup remover pads that are just as effective as the brand name pads, and at a fraction of the cost. With a few ingredients, some simple steps, and a couple of tweaks (if needed), you can easily complete this DIY project. Now get out there, gather your supplies, and get to work on those remover pads!