I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey Haskell. Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads. Please note, these are UK crochet stitches.
I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the number of things I buy and throw away.
One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet. But they may also have been factory-made then air freighted half way around the world.
I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used. Read on to find out how I did it!
Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY
To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook* (if you’re outside of the UK then please note UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes – UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice.
Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.
Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull the strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into the first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way around. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches as you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.
Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bedtime!
Thanks so much Lynsey!
And if it’s makeup you are interested in, I have a host of other content you might love. Firstly, this handy guide to zero-waste makeup. Secondly, some useful plastic-free makeup remover tips. And lastly, a really easy natural makeup brush cleaner recipe.
If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!