Welcome to the Ailuna reusable wipes dare!
We’re so excited you’re taking on this dare to ditch disposable face wipes forever!
We know that, especially for those who wear makeup daily, wiping it all off at the end of the day with a wipe is super-quick and an essential part of your routine. But reusable wipes can be just as easy – and they are so much better for the environment, the planet will thank you, too.
To get you off to the best start possible with our reusable wipes dare, we’ve stuffed this page full of motivation, facts, tips and tricks. Let’s get wiping!
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Why are reusable wipes better than disposables?
Before you start with your new habit, here are a few reasons why reusable wipes are so much better for the planet and for you:
- They create much less waste. We know that one tiny disposable wipe doesn’t look like it would cause much harm. But imagine a million people, all using one a day for a year. That’s 365 million wipes either in landfill or, even worse, in our sewage systems (Please, NEVER flush any kind of wipes down the toilet – if you need to be convinced as to why it’s so terrible, please see this post on fatbergs. Yuck). Reusable wipes can be rewashed hundreds of times, so imagine the difference you could make by switching.
- They’re more natural. A lot of commercially-available disposable wipes contain chemicals that can dry out your skin, cause breakouts and generally wreak havoc with your complexion. They can even cause harmful toxins to be absorbed into your body, not to mention being harmful to the environment. By switching to reusable wipes, you can control what you use to clean your face. When you use more natural cleansers or oils, your skin, body and the planet will thank you!
- On a similar note, there are very few disposable wipes out there that actually remove all the day’s bacteria, contaminants and grime from your face. So a lot of the time you’re heading to bed having just moved the day’s dirt around your face a bit, which isn’t a great start to your night’s rest.
- They are much cheaper long-term. Whilst a stack of reusable wipes might cost more than a single pack of disposables, they last so long that they will have paid for themselves within a few weeks.
- Some of them are compostable. This means that you’re using a completely zero-waste solution.
Starting out – what to buy
Our advice when you’re first switching is not to go out and buy a huge pile of wipes. The best way to get started is to simply buy between 5 and 7 cloths or pads that you think will suit your needs. This gives you enough to make sure you always have some clean, but not so many you will be overrun! The Ailuna reusable wipes starter kits are a great size to try before you commit to buying a huge stash – you can check them out in our shop by clicking the button below.
If you’re still deciding what you need, here are a few of the different types and materials available:
Good old soap and water
Not strictly a reusable product, but the most zero waste option out there. The best possible switch you can make to move away from disposable wipes is to buy nothing at all. Instead of buying wipes, concentrate on finding a facial wash bar that suits your skin type and simply lather, wash, dry and you’re done.
These are similar to a flannel or washcloth, but are made of a much softer material. This material is actually plastic – so even though using microfibre is better than single use, you’ll need to be careful with these.WHen washing microfibre cloths, use a GuppyBag or similar to catch any microplastic fibres that are shed in the machine. And when the time comes to throw them away, consider repurposing them as stuffing for a pet bed or toy, or as cleaning cloths around the house.
Microfibre cloths are good if you want to remove eye makeup like mascara without causing irritation to your sensitive eye area. Some of them even have an exfoliating reverse so you can scrub with one side and gently cleanse with the other.
Bamboo and cotton pads and cloths
These are best if you want to be as zero waste as possible but still use some kind of pad or cloth. Check with the manufacturer, but a lot of bamboo and cotton pads and cloths can be chopped up when they’ve worn out and added to your household compost.
You can get these wipes in a circular “pad” shape. So if you’re used to using a cotton wool pad and a cleanser to clean your face, these could be a good swap for you.
Reuse something you already have
It’s possible you might already have something at home that will work perfectly well for this dare so there might be no need to spend any money to get started:
- Old beach towels (the ones with a soft, smooth side and a towelling side) can be cut into squares and used in the same way as the microfibre cloths above.
- If you have children who are no longer babies, an old muslin cloth or dribble bib could be the perfect face cloth.
- Use a standard washcloth! It’s what they were designed for so they’re pretty good at cleaning faces!
- If you need something a little softer – try cutting an old organic cotton t-shirt (or, again, if you have babies, a sleepsuit or top they have grown out of).
Keeping your wipes and pads clean
Because you’re wiping away a day’s worth of dirt and bacteria with each wipe, it’s important to wash them regularly. Make sure you have enough on hand to always have one in the wash and one clean and ready for action.
It’s also a good idea to give your wipe a quick wash with warm water and soap straight after use. This will help stop any stubborn makeup from clinging to them when you wash them properly.
A 30-degree wash with your usual detergent should be enough to remove all traces of makeup from your wipes. But if you find that some stains are lingering, add a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to a bowl of warm water and soak your wipes before washing them.
Another great tip to avoid grimy-looking wipes is to have different colours for different uses. So, if you wear a lot of eye makeup and mascara, get black pads for your eyes. If you wear foundation or BB cream every day, a beige wipe might be best. White always looks nice for a while but generally gets discoloured so keep them looking fresh by choosing different colours. Some bright wipes that fit with your bathrooms colour scheme might also be a fun idea.
Speaking of washing – remember not to use fabric conditioner when washing your wipes. They may feel softer but their absorbency will decrease, making it more difficult to remove your makeup and get your face really clean. The same goes for tumble drying. Always air dry wipes whenever you can. This is because the high heat and agitation in a tumble dryer can cause them to be worn down a lot more quickly than a gentle wash and being hung to dry.
Making your habit stick
This should be the easiest part, but you have to make one commitment to begin with – get rid of the disposables!
If you give away your disposable wipes to a friend or family member, so you don’t have the option to use them, you won’t be tempted to go with the convenience.
It might also be worth making a note of how often you buy disposable wipes, then setting aside the money you would have spent on them each month to treat yourself to something you love. There’s nothing like the promise of a reward to keep you motivated!
If you’d like some more tips on making habits stick, read our blog post on the subject for some ideas and facts.
Let’s get clean!
We cannot wait to see you succeed at this dare and we know you can do it! If you need any support or advice, please don’t forget that the Ailuna team and other other members of our lovely community are always on hand. Let’s go!