DIY: Reusable cotton pads

Minimising my waste has been a big goal of mine for the past few years. Although our household isn’t 100% zero-waste, we are gradually moving towards sustainable consumption. Making a change often starts with something small and eventually, you start to see reusable, sustainable alternatives in your everyday life. Here’s one way to start the switch…

THH Difficulty Level: images-e1542928244330.pngimages-e1542928244330.png

What you’ll need:

– old fabric from towels, t-shirts (cotton and linen fabrics work much better than synthetics)

– scissors

– stencil of a circle (if preferred, you can also cut the fabric in squares. I used circles so that I could place them in a jam jar)

– sewing machine or needle and thread

– glass jar to store your pads


  1. Get all your items ready.
  2. Stencil your rounds on the fabric then cut the circles.
  3. Using the sewing machine, join three pieces of clothe together and stitch around to secure the pad.
  4. Cut the around the stitches to create a pad. Repeat as desired.
  5. Before you start using them, give them a quick wash and dry.
  6. How to use – I’ve immersed some in hemp seed oil, witch hazel and rice water to create my make-up wipes, I keep another batch in the fridge as toner wipes and another jar full of them in the bathroom. Once they are used, rinse them and collect them in a little bag to wash and re-use.

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