How to repurpose your pure cotton cloths

Posted by Caroline Archer March 19, 2019 | 2 min read

With skin-polishing power extraordinaire, our pure cotton cloths help to transform your skin, working hand-in-hand with our rich, creamy cleanser. I often call them the secret silent partner – Cleanse & Polish™ just wouldn’t be the same without the Polish part. 

As you know, we recommend that you replace your cloths when they start to lose their exfoliating power (for most of us that’s whenever we start a new tube of Cleanse & Polish™), but it’s true that this leaves us all with quite a stack of retired cloths in the bathroom. To reduce waste, I like to repurpose mine as much as possible, and I know from conversations over the years that you do as well. Here are a few of the best ideas you’ve had, and some I’ve thought up myself too.

Fragrant deodorising bundles

Lay a cloth out flat and place a pile of dried lavender and rosemary in the centre. Gather it up into a bundle and tie with garden string; then place into drawers, wardrobes and even shoes to keep your home smelling fresh, naturally.

A perfect partner for Eyebright™

Use particularly soft cloths instead of cotton wool pads to apply Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion. Simply fold your cloth into 8 and pour a generous amount of Eyebright™directly onto it, then gently sweep over the eye area.


Eco-conscious cleaning

Microfibre cloths are believed to be contributing towards microplastic pollution. Blue cloths have a very limited lifespan before they end up in landfill. Antibac wipes are far from ideal. Instead, repurpose your cotton cloths for all your dusting, surface cleaning, screen wiping and window de-smearing needs. Simply pop them back in the wash after you use them!


A naturally active ‘Dream Home’

My 8 year old’s ingenious idea for reusing my cloths? Bedspreads and sheets for her Barbies! While we’re on the subject of kids… for much littler ones, our cloths also make fantastic burping muslins, and can also be used dampened with lukewarm water in place of baby wipes.

Re-establish the hankie

Did you know that in the UK we go through 1.1 tonnes of tissues a year? Once our cotton cloths have been washed a few times, they’re just as soft as an old-fashioned cotton hankie, so why not try keeping a few folded up in your bag instead of that travel pack of tissues?


What’s not to love?

Not only are our cotton cloths fantastic for your skin, and as you can see, a brilliant eco-conscious choice, they are also ethically made at a factory in India run by two sisters (read more about that here). And as if you needed more reasons to love them, they also pair perfectly with Liz Earle face masks, such as Balancing Gel Mask and Brightening Treatment Mask! Restock your cloth stash here.


Do you have any of your own tips for reusing these brilliant cloths? If so, do share them with me, I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @calizearle.