DIY – Homemade Make-up Remover Wipes

So my girls were out of make-up remover wipes and ask “mom next time we’re at Target can you buy us some face wipes?”. I say “why buy’em when you can make em!”  You should know that while my girls have mastered the art of the rolling of the eyes this does not faze me nor will I back down and relent to their request to spend money unnecessarily when I have all the ingredients on hand to make these wipes.  Yes! this mom is on a mission to cut back on expenses and to use the resources I have on hand and prove that you don’t need to run to the store and spend money when you can DIY!

So the recipe I used is found here.  As in an earlier blog post on DIY Disinfecting Wipes, I again tweaked the measurements just a bit.  I omitted the use of essential oils because I only had Tea Tree Oil and my kids don’t like the smell of it.  Also I added a bit more water (3/4 cup) instead of the recommended 1/2 cup because I opted to use the same paper towels  which needed a bit more water than if I were to use the small round cotton pads. I made a few other small adjustments well. You can compare the recipe below to the the recipe in the link above.

3/4 Cup hot water

1 Tbs Coconut oil (you may use a little less than a tablespoon of coconut oil and add a few drops of vitamin E and Argan oil)

1 Tbs Witch Hazel (I like Thayers-Alcohol free-Rose Petal with Aloe Vera)

1 Tbs Castile Soap (I used just a tad bit less.  Also you can use Lavender or Almond castile soap too. I only had peppermint on hand)

40 Towelettes (or round cotton pads) *I used the other half of the paper towels that were cut in my DIY Disinfecting Wipes project found here.  Also you want to make sure the towels you use are non-bleached.

Okay, lets get started

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1) Things you’ll need

2)) You will start out with a 6 x 6 size towelette

2) You will start out with a 6 x 6 size towelette

 Fold in half

3) Fold in half

Now fold in quarters

4) Now fold in quarters

5) Like so...

5) Like so…

6) No do the same with another towelette and then overlap them together

6) No do the same with another towelette and then overlap them together

7) Fold one side and then the other

7) Fold one side and then the other

8) Like so...

8) Like so…

9) Should look like this from the side angle

9) Should look like this from the side angle

10) This is how your towelettes should look

10) This is how your towelettes should look

11) Now put them in a pretty glass jar or container

11) Place them in a pretty glass jar or container

12) Now combine all the ingredients and mix together

12) Now combine all the ingredients and mix together

13) Pour a little at a time allowing the towelettes to absorb

13) Pour a little at a time allowing the towelettes to absorb

14) And wala! easy peasy!

14) Wala! easy peasy!

15) Enjoy

15) Enjoy

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Making Laundry Detergent

Came across this easy DIY laundry detergent recipe and thought I’d share it with you all. I seriously can’t wait to try this. As you may already know I’m always looking for non-toxic cleaning recipes and this is definitely one I will be making soon. Enjoy!

DIY – Disinfecting Wipes

I don’t know why I waited so long to make my own disinfecting wipes.  I’ve heard how easy they are to make but never really gave it a second thought.  I always figured it’s just  easier to buy name brand wipes from the store but if you really stop to look at the label you will find that you can’t even pronounce some of  the ingredients which have been known to cause serious health problems.  I prefer to use ingredients that are non toxic, natural based and safe.  After learning how to make my own,  I can’t imagine going back to store bought wipes. My goal is to simply introduce safer, less expensive and health conscious alternatives.  The internet is bursting with tons of valuable information that we can use to better our lives and live happier and healthier.  Some of you moms may be thinking “who has time when we can buy the stuff already made?” I totally get it because I’m a working mom too and hardly have any time to myself let alone experimenting with new recipes but when I think of all the products we use and all the chemicals our kids come in contact with it’s a no-brainer for me to want to create a safe, non-toxic environment for my family.   So if you are looking for ways to go green and eliminate harmful toxic chemicals from your home, I invite you to try this easy recipe I found at Live Renewed.  I did tweak it a bit to my liking.  You can check other blogs or websites like Pinterest where you can find an array of home cleaning DIY recipes. The possibilities are endless from making your own laundry detergent to your own face wipes.  Happy DIYing!!!

What you’ll need (see pic #1)

A roll of good quality paper towels (I used Bounty)

2 Cups of Water

4 Tbs – Distilled White Vinegar

1 Tbs – Natural Based Dish Soap (I used Mrs. Meyer’s)

10-12 drops of Essential Oil (The recipe I found called for Lemon but I used Tea Tree Oil)

Air-tight canister

1) What you’ll need                                                                    2)  Cut roll of paper towel in half

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3) Put half of the roll in canister (cut side down)

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4) Combine all the liquid ingredients listed above  in a measuring cup, stir then pour a little at a time allowing the paper to absorb.

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5) Cover with lid and let absorb for a few minutes.

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6) Gently remove center tube IMG_0392

7) Wala! Your DIY wipes are ready to be used. Start by pulling from the center.

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8) Don’t forget to add a pretty label with the recipe written on it. You can either print one up or use chalkboard contact paper like I did.

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Happy Cleaning Everyone!