Crochet an alternative to cotton wool

With two teen daughters in the house, it was only a matter of time before skincare and makeup products would become the major occupants of our bathroom cupboard. Heck. It got so bad, I even contemplated a second cupboard to cope with the invasion. Could I squeeze one in without making it feel too crowded? Maybe two?

Fortunately, as so often happens, it sorted itself out. Makeup was eventually herded into bedrooms to prevent one sister using the other one’s collection. Peace was restored. Skincare tubs and bottles were still in residence, but there was room. Plans for future cupboards were abandoned.

It feels like a long, long time ago that I wrote a letter to my 11 year old daughter about the use of makeup. I’m pleased to say, neither of them are over the top in their use. They go for the natural look. This is a good time to experiment, as far as makeup is concerned.

Anyway, the next looming issue was tied up with the removal of said makeup. What goes on, has to come off.  I eliminated single-use wet wipes and cotton wool pads from the house, by a ready supply of flannels. I made a clutch of bamboo flannels. These have been a bit of a success, I’m mighty glad to say.

Just one niggly problem. Teeny tiny one, at that. They found the flannels too absorbent. The makeup remover glugged away into the fluffy fibre, never to be seen again. Same with toner. As good as gone. They were resorting to using tissues instead with the remover and toner.

Neither solution was good. Apart from the waste of the remover with the flannel, the tissue wasn’t a good alternative to a cotton wool pad either and it was adding to our waste. We only have a tiny bin in the bathroom and I was emptying it far more frequently. All heading for the landfill.

I’ve had reusable cotton pads on my radar for a while. Crochet in cotton. There are so many different designs but most boil down to a small circle. Usually 12 half crochet stitches in a circle. Then 24 on the next round. Digging through my stash, I had a few odd balls of cotton yarn. I wanted three different colours, so each of us skin care/make up users could have our own colour.

I made three trial sets. Three of each colour. If they work out, I’ll make more. They take no time to crochet up. The plan is to store them clean in one jar and put the used ones in another jar. Once there are enough to wash, I’ll put them in a small, drawstring mesh bag I have in the cupboard. Then into the washing machine they will go.

I’ve tried one with toner and it is so much better than a tissue or fluffy flannel. Thick enough to hold the liquid, but thin enough not to hide it. Fingers crossed. It looks hopeful.

If nothing else they are so darn pretty. I did look at buying a ball of recycled cotton yarn, but hard to justify when I already have cotton in my cupboard. Another time.

First make of 2019.  So simple and satisfying. Thrifty and frugal. Also a warm, fuzzy feeling that it is an eco friendly solution to boot. Cutting waste. Cutting water and chemical use in the production of single use cotton wool. Happy dance.

And, even though I say it myself, I think they look rather good in their jar by the sink. Like little rounds of candy. Irresistible. Encouraging all to give them a go. Some projects are win-win, I’d say.

Linking up with #GoingGreen

7 thoughts on “Crochet an alternative to cotton wool

  • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Those are AWFULLY cute! But if they don’t work, you can just sew them all together into a bedspread. 😀

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:21 am

      I like that idea. It would make a good bedspread. Unfortunately/fortunately, they seem to be proving popular in the bathroom. Just need to see how they do in the wash. I might need to do a separate project of bedspread circles. 😀

  • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Oh I love this! And what a great idea to try this out with very critical customers! Unfortunately I’m desperate at crochet & knitting but this gives me an idea – my mother is always looking for simple things to crochet/knit for the winter months but at this stage everybody around her has enough scarves and potholders 🙂

    • Friday 11 January, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Oh so quick. I’m sure she could make enough for everyone who wants them, in no time. Plus help the planet too.

  • Friday 11 January, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    What a brilliant idea! They look fab in the little jar and I love the colours you have used.
    My hooks are out again and I have started on some more makes. This crocheting malarkey is addictive! 😀

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

    • Friday 11 January, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      Don’t they look good in the jar? I know that’s not the point, but I think if something is aesthetically pleasing, they are more likely to be accepted as a solution. Crocheting is addictive. Look forward to seeing what you make.

  • Tuesday 22 January, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I love these A LOT and having just read that the Aral Sea (an inland sea the size of Ireland) no longer exists because so much water was diverted fro it to irrigate cotton fields, the timing of this post could not have been better. #GoingGreen

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