This Monday marks the start of Zero Waste Week and as always it gets me thinking about the things we use in our home that could be replaced with reusables. Last year I made the switch from disposable sanitary items to reusable ones and I’ve never looked back.
This year I wanted to focus on reducing our bathroom waste further. The main things that seem to go into our bathroom bin are disposable razors and baby wipes that I use to take off my makeup.
I combated the disposable razor issue by buying an epilator. I don’t think I was quite prepared for how much it hurts but I’m slowly getting used to it, even if it does take me a week to do one leg!
Reusable Baby Wipes
The next issue was the baby wipes so I looked into buying reusable ones. After a bit of online research, I found a site called Cheeky Wipes. They sell a whole range of reusable face wipes.
I bought the washable cloth bamboo velour baby wipes. I got 25 in total so that I would always have enough.
Washable Wipes Kit
As well as the baby wipes Cheeky Wipes also sell washable wipes kits, they even have a makeup removal kit. I decided against buying the kit as I already had a large tub of coconut oil and we have hundreds of plastic tubs.
Homemade Face Wipes
I know a lot of people make up a batch of homemade face wipes so they always have some ready for use but as I don’t wear makeup every day I decided that I’d just use them when I needed them.
I simply fill my sink with warm water and soak the wipe in it. I then take a small amount of coconut oil from my tub and rub it onto my face. I then use a wipe to take off my makeup.
It’s so simple, the coconut oil gets rid of all of my makeup and it leaves my face feeling really soft. Afterwards, you can also use another wipe, run it under the cold tap, then wipe over your face to refresh it.
Organic Coconut Oil
I bought my organic coconut oil from Home Bargains of all places but you can buy it pretty much everywhere now. The price does vary from shop to shop so do a bit of research first so you don’t overspend. You only need a tiny bit each time so I’m hoping my 500ml jar will last quite a while.
Coconut oil is my new best friend, you can use it for so many things from hair conditioner to a detox diet. I have even started cooking with it!
I’ve been using my reusable face wipes for a few weeks now and I’m so happy with them. Every time I make a switch to something reusable I get a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that I’m one step closer to my Zero Waste goal.
Update: I’ve now been using my homemade makeup wipes for 6 months and I still love them! I wouldn’t switch back to disposables. Plus, I have only used the top layer of my jar of coconut oil.