Many of us have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. We bring reusable straws along when we go for our regular bubble tea run, we’ve replaced plastic bags with canvas totes, and some of us have even started composting food scraps. While these are steps in the right direction, our sustainable journey doesn’t have to end there.

The next big culprit happens to be a must-have on any vanity: cotton pads. Just imagine, if you use a couple of cotton pads every day, you can practically picture the hundreds of mascara-stained cotton rounds that will end up in the landfill after a year. Mother Nature would be shaking her head in disappointment.

If you want to cut out single-use cotton pads from your life, why not invest a tiny bit more for a pack of reusable cotton pads that you can use in rotation? That way, you won’t have to toss one out each time you remove your makeup with micellar water.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up a list of reusable cotton pads to have in your arsenal. Some come in fun prints and cute patterns too! Stick with us until the end to find out how you should care for your reusable cotton pads, as well as three more ways to use them in your beauty routine.

The Mineraw Reusable Cotton Rounds

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An easy alternative to the disposable cotton rounds, these reusable ones from The Mineraw are made of super-soft cotton and come in a set of five or 10 pieces. When you purchase 10 pieces, you get a mesh bag that you can throw into the washing machine when your cotton rounds need a clean.

The Mineraw Reusable Cotton Rounds retail from RM20 at The Mineraw.

MEKO Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads

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In addition to reusable cotton pads, we’ve seen an uptick of bamboo rounds too, such as these ones from MEKO. This set features six facials pads: two bamboo charcoal (black), two bamboo velvet (yellow), and two bamboo terry (white). If you prefer one material over the others, they also do separate sets of 10 facial pads each.

MEKO Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads retail from RM30 at Shopee.

AfterSpa Reusable Cotton Make Up Removers

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These biodegradable cotton rounds and squircles from AfterSpa are natural makeup removers, so all you have to do is wet it with water and it’ll take the rest off. It comes with three small eye pads and two larger facial pads, as well as a laundry bag for easy washing.

AfterSpa Reusable Cotton Make Up Removers retail for RM33.39 at iHerb

Marleys Monsters Cotton Flannel Facial Rounds

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Made with two layers of cotton flannel, Marleys Monsters’ facial rounds are incredibly soft and gentle on the skin, so no excessive tugging is needed. The edges of the facial rounds are serged to prevent fraying and to extend their durability. Choose from a set of five or 10.

Marleys Monsters Cotton Flannel Facial Rounds retail for RM27.00 (set of five) or RM52.00 (set of 10) at Frangipani Bulk

Apricity Stitches Reusable Soft Palm Makeup Rounds

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Crafted from upcycled fabrics, these palm-printed reusable makeup rounds support the zero-waste movement in style. The plain sides sport minky dots, so you’ll get a bit of added texture and gentle exfoliation as you remove your makeup. Start with a trial pack of three, or go with a set of 10, 15, or 20.

Apricity Stitches Reusable Soft Palm Makeup Rounds retail from RM46.69 at Etsy

Mamafifimakes Beige Bumblebee Printed Soft Cotton Make Up / Cleansing Pads

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These adorable bumblebee-printed cotton pads are perfect for the busy bees in your life. Each reusable round is double-sided, so the top layer is made with cotton, while the bottom layer will come in a material of your choice. Choose from soft towelling, white fleecy flannelette, or a mix of both if you’re ordering a bundle. They’re sold in packs of five, but you’ll get an additional bee bag when you opt for three or five packs.

Mamafifimakes Beige Bumblebee Printed Soft Cotton Make Up / Cleansing Pads retail from RM25.28 at Etsy

TextileTrolley Reusable Cotton Rounds

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With quality quilting cotton on the top and back with two layers of organic cotton fleece, TextileTrolley’s cotton rounds are super soft on the skin. We’re drawn to the gorgeous floral patterns like a moth to a flame. Choose from ‘brights’ for vivid florals, ‘subdued’ for more Japanese-inspired flowers, or ‘surprise mix’, which will be hand-picked by shop owner.

Each cotton round has been serged around the edges to prevent fraying and all the fabrics used to make them have been prewashed.

TextileTrolley Reusable Cotton Rounds retail from RM53.22 at Etsy

LittleGreenCrafts Reusable Make Up Wipes

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LittleGreenCrafts Reusable Make Up Wipes come in a set of 20, and they’re made with brushed cotton flannel on one side and terry cotton on the other. The edges of the cotton rounds are serged with mustard thread, which goes well with the matching honeycomb-printed bag it comes with.

If unsure about committing to 20 cotton rounds, you can opt to purchase one sample pad for only RM3.93.

LittleGreenCrafts Reusable Make Up Wipes retail from RM3.93 at Etsy

FallingFeathers Reusable Cotton Rounds for Face

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Let everyone know that you roll with the zero-waste movement by using these sushi-printed cotton rounds. Made from soft, absorbent cotton flannel, these will feel great on your skin. The cotton rounds will get softer after the first few washes and they’re dryer-safe too. They also come with a mesh laundry bag for convenient washing and easy storage.

FallingFeathers Reusable Cotton Rounds for Face retail from RM33.26 at Etsy

HandmadeByAVO Organic Striped pattern Reusable Cotton Pads

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Decked in beige stripes, HandmadeByAVO’s cotton pads will blend right in with the rest of your Muji-themed home. The reusable cotton rounds are larger than most single-use cotton rounds, and they’re chlorine-free and chemical-free – safe for all skin types.

HandmadeByAVO Organic Striped pattern Reusable Cotton Pads retail from RM45.23 at Etsy

Bamboo Cotton Facial Makeup Remover Pads

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Made with plush bamboo cotton, these makeup remover pads go easy over sensitive areas like your eyes and around the mouth. They come in shades of pastel pink, baby blue, sunny yellow, and white. You can purchase them in packs of eight, 12, 16, or 20.

Bamboo Cotton Facial Makeup Remove Pads retail from RM14.20 at Shopee

Reusable Make-up Remover cotton Facial Cleansing Cloth Pads

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Also made of bamboo fibres, these natural cotton pads can last through hundreds of wipes and wash cycles. There’s bamboo terry towelling on one side to remove your makeup, while the softer velour side is great for applying toner and is meant for sensitive skin. Place any dirty bamboo pads into the mesh bag provided and throw it in the washing machine.

Reusable Make-up Remover cotton Facial Cleansing Cloth Pads retail for RM26.99 at Shopee

Eco Friendly Bamboo Cotton Pads

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With five white and five black cotton pads in a pack, these panda-like cotton rounds will look cute atop any vanity. They’re made with three layers of silky bamboo fleece, which absorb product well and remove makeup without irritating your skin. They come in a mesh bag for washing too.

Eco Friendly Bamboo Cotton Pads retail for RM37.50 at Shopee

OutFlety 12 Pack Bamboo Washable Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

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Perfect for taking off eyeshadow and mascara, these cotton pads from OutFlety are made of gentle bamboo fibres to remove your makeup effortlessly. Each set of 12 also comes with a small drawstring bag for storage and washing.

OutFlety 12 Pack Bamboo Washable Reusable Makeup Remover Pads retail for RM16.93 at Lazada

Good Breeze 5 pack Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

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Shaped like biscuits, these five candy-coloured makeup remover pads are made of ultra-fine, organic cotton fibre. They’re soft and skin-friendly, so you won’t have to worry about any harsh friction and irritation. The microfibre-like material will whisk off any makeup, dirt, and grime for a clean slate – an excellent dupe for Face Halo pads.

Good Breeze 5 pack Reusable Makeup Remover Pads retail for RM12.58 at Lazada

Soft Velvet Reusable Facial Cotton Pads

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With soft velvet on one side and bamboo fibre on the other, these reusable cotton pads go easy on the most sensitive skin. They remove makeup and dirty easily, and they’re a breeze to wash and dry too. This pack of 10 also comes with a bag for convenient washing.

Soft Velvet Reusable Facial Cotton Pads retail for RM9.50 at Shopee

How to keep your reusable cotton pads in tip-top condition

Reusable facial cotton rounds are a great way to help sustain the earth, but to keep them around for longer, you have to clean them properly. Look at them like mini towels, and treat them as you would treat any towel or washcloth.

After using them once to remove your makeup, give your pads a quick wash with warm water and a bar of soap or liquid soap. By doing so, you can remove most of your makeup from the pads instantly and reduce the amount of wear in the fabric.

For a more thorough clean, place your pads in a mesh laundry bag and throw them in the washing machine with your like-coloured clothes. Give them a warm wash (up to 40°C) with a gentle detergent and leave the pads to dry naturally. Do not use fabric softener or bleach when washing your pads.

As soon as fabric softener is introduced, it can build up on the pads and weaken the fabric, decreasing its absorbency. Washing your pads without it will keep the rounds soft and more absorbent with each wash.

More ways to use reusable cotton pads

1. Pre-soak them in toner or micellar water

Not that we’re travelling anytime soon, but when we do, this trick will come in handy. If a bottle of toner weighs your baggage down, try soaking a few pieces of reusable cotton pads in your go-to solution and seal them in a Ziploc bag. You can do the same for micellar water or any other makeup remover. They’re a much cheaper alternative to buying cleansing wipes, especially if you’re only going out of town for the weekend.

For the couch potatoes at home, you can also douse a few pieces of cotton rounds in toner or micellar water and store them in a glass jar. When you’re ready for your skincare routine, just open the jar and swipe on the product.

2. Make your own hydrating sheet mask

Ran out of sheet masks? Try soaking a few cotton rounds in a moisturising toner and place them your face to double up as a facial mask. Place the pads on your forehead, cheeks, and chin, and concentrate on drier or more textured areas.

3. Use it to apply setting powder

The puffs that come with setting powders can get gnarly real quick, so while they’re in a wash, you can use a reusable cotton pad to lightly dust your T-zone for a shine-free finish.

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