Easy Eco Bathroom Swaps – Cloth Face wipes

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

One thing I get asked a lot is what are the easiest Eco swaps to make? My automatic response is that it can vary from person to person. What is an easy swap for one person, won’t necessarily be for another. Everyone leads different lives, after all.

That being said, there are some general swaps that can be useful for most people!

So, what am I talking to you about today?

As you have probably guessed from the title… Face wipes! Face wipes are found in so many households. If I think back to a few years ago, it feels like there were packets of face wipes everywhere in this house!

A pack in the bedroom that I would use at least once in the morning and then again before bed; a pack in front of the spare room mirror, where I did my make up. Usually a pack in my handbag, because you never know when you might need one. My Mam, who has always bought us a bag (or two) of essentials would usually fill a gift bag with packs of face wipes.

Looking up the statistics around face wipes, I feel a bit disgusted at myself!

A Beach clean ran by The Marine Conservation found 80 wipes for every 1 mile of beach! They are made of plastics, meaning they don’t biodegrade and can take 100 years to break down! They aren’t flushable so they clog up sewer systems as they won’t break down like toilet roll, and they filled with chemical that help them to remove our makeup and dead skin cells, but we don’t wash those chemicals off so they sit on our skin which isn’t good at all. (Source) It is worth noting that this applies to all wet wipes, but for today I am just talking about alternatives for face wipes at the moment.

Infograph created by Ashleigh Nicole, prior to rebranding to Sweet Sustainable Living

Then a few years ago, I got some reusable ones for Christmas off my sister. Just some little squares, and from that point on I stopped using disposable face wipes. I donated some to the local food bank and gave the rest away to someone I knew was still using them. I haven’t looked back.

I now have 4 different types and I think they are really lovely!

Reusable Face Wipes

Facial rounds made by GreenStich Creations. Photo Credit Sweet Silver Linings


Reusable Face Wipes

Square face wipes made by Eco Care Crafts Photo Credit – Sweet Silver Linings


Reusable Face Wipes

Facial Wipes made by Eco Panda. Photo credit – Sweet Silver Linings

Reusable Face Wipes

Square face wipes. (Maker unknown, bought at The Weight To Shop in Framwellgate Moor) Photo Credit – Sweet Silver linings

How do I use them?

I keep them in a jar on the bathroom windowsill. Every morning, I wash my face with a face wash, and then wet a wipe and use it to remove the wash, then I repeat it again in the evening. If I’ve had make up or am feeling like my face needs some extra attention, l pop a bit of cleanser on too, and do a cleanse separately. That’s it. Once I’ve used it, I pop it in a net bag on the back of the bathroom door, and they just go through the normal wash. Every so often I put them in with the nappies so they get a full rinse and deep clean but that’s not necessary to keep them clean.

You can also just use them with water if you prefer that over face washes and cleansers.

This is a swap that I think everyone could use, and even if you didn’t want the little facial rounds or squares, you could even swap to flannels (I have done this in the past when I’ve not been able to keep up with the washing.)

My skin feels so much nicer after using them. I didn’t like the smell of disposable wipes, I skin felt oily, and sometimes it would even burn a little. They look so nice, and if you are particularly handy with a sewing machine or a needle and thread, you could easily make you own!

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