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8 Care Tips & Tricks For Reusable Face Pads

8 Care Tips & Tricks For Reusable Face Pads

If you're like me and have switched to reusable cloth face pads for your skincare routine, congratulations on taking a sustainable step! These little heroes are eco-friendly and wallet-friendly in the long run. Today, I will share some tips on keeping them in top-notch condition and ensuring they stay sanitized for a long, healthy life.

Rinse After Use

First, after using your cloth face pad to remove makeup or apply skincare products, give it a good rinse under warm water. This simple step helps prevent stains and ensures you start each cleaning cycle with a clean slate.

Pre-treat stains (if necessary)

Sometimes, those stubborn makeup stains need a little extra attention. If you spot a tough stain, apply a dab of mild soap or a stain remover directly to the stained area. Gently rub the fabric together to work in the soap, then rinse. Your face pad will thank you!

Launder Regularly

Don't let your used face pads pile up. Add them to your regular laundry loads. They play nicely with similar colors and fabrics. To prevent any entanglements, consider using a mesh laundry bag.

Use a Gentle Detergent

Choose a gentle, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic detergent. Keep things simple, and avoid using fabric softeners or bleach, as these can mess with the fabric's absorbency and might irritate your skin.

Opt for Hot Water

Here's the secret to a squeaky clean face pad – hot water. Washing your pads at or above 140°F (around 60°C) can help kill bacteria and ensure they're properly sanitized. Check the care label on your cloth pads for specific temperature recommendations.

Replace when needed

Now, I'm about making things last, but even with the best care, cloth face pads can show signs of wear over time. If they start looking heavily stained or lose their effectiveness, it's time to bid adieu and welcome some fresh ones.

Air Dry

Finally, when it comes to drying, avoid the dryer. High heat can damage the fabric and elastic. Instead, let your face pads air-dry naturally. Hang them on a clothesline or lay them flat on a clean surface.


Keep your clean, dry face pads in a clean container or pouch to keep them free from dust and debris until their next mission – helping you put your best face forward.

Additional Tips

If you're a stickler for hygiene and want to ensure your face pads are extra bacteria-free, you can occasionally boil them for a few minutes or use a disinfectant rinse during the laundry cycle. Just make sure your fabric can handle these treatments without damage. Always read and follow the manufacturer's care instructions, especially if they differ from these general guidelines!


So, there you have it! With a little TLC, your reusable cloth face pads will continue to be your skincare sidekicks, saving the planet and your money. Here's to a cleaner, greener, healthier skincare routine and Earth!