A few years ago I kept seeing homemade makeup removing wipes recipes popping up on Pinterest. At around $5 per package, these were putting a dent in my makeup budget, but were so convenient for nights when I was too tired to properly remove my makeup. I decided to give them a try.
The materials required were a roll of paper towels, warm water, and whatever I was using to wash my face. The idea was to cut the roll of paper towels in half, place the half in a plastic container, and pour a mixture of the water and face wash over them. After they soaked up the liquid the cardboard roll in the center softened up enough to remove, and you could just pull towels from the center for dispensing. Sounds easy, right?
They didn’t specify exactly HOW to cut a roll of paper towels in half, so I pulled out my sharpest knife and went to work. My knife had a little serration to it, so instead of cutting the roll, it basically shredded it. Then I tried cutting it with a scissors. That just smashed it and served to shred it further. Eventually I got through the paper towels, but the cardboard roll was another matter. Once I finally got through it, my roll wasn’t pretty, but I carried on with the project.
I placed half of the roll into my container and poured the liquid mixture over it. It wasn’t nearly enough so I kept adding water to try to shrink the towels down to fit in the container, and then ended up with too much liquid that I had to in turn dump out. I finally got a decent ratio of water to towels and put the lid on to store the wipes.
How did they work? They were ok. They didn’t have the durability or “scrubby” texture of actual makeup wipes, so I felt like they didn’t clean as well as their store-bought counterparts. It was also difficult to get an even distribution of the face wash in the water mixture, so it seemed like some wipes had a lot more cleaner on them than others.
So did this Pinterest project turn out? Kind of. Would I try it again? Sure, I might try to perfect the process. Does it replace its store-bought counterpart? I would say no, but maybe with some further tinkering I can still eliminate this product from my shopping list.