How to maximize the use of ONE cotton pad

by xin on August 25, 2009

It Tuesday! 😀 Monday blues are over! So, I thought I shall share an awesome tip with everyone here. 😀 I think i read this somewhere before, but I shall just write it again.

I am a huge fan of Q-tips. I have a jar at home, a jar on my work desk, and a pack in my handbag. I feel really insecured without them. But, in a long run, I am wasting so much world resources and $$ to keep having to refill.

So, today, let’s see how can I maximize my cotton pad to save me a teeny bit of cash when I remove my eye makeup.  You know how many Q-tips sometimes you have to use to completely remove the black residue left over by your eyeliner right?


I prefer my thick cotton pad. Guess how many Q-tips one sheet of cotton pad can be equal to?


First, wet your cotton pad adequately with makeup remover.


Slowly tear the cotton pad into half. Then half again.


I had 5 thin layers from a sheet of cotton pad! All moist too! Awesome. Some you can use it to remove eyeshadow while the rest you can turn them into Q-tips!

Now, let’s see how to turn them into Q-tip.


Fold a layer into half.


Then half again and you get a quarter.


Then you fold it as shown, and roll it.


Ta dah! Now you get a Q tip to clean your eyeliner and what not.


EEEP! Dirty. But it’s ok, it’s not the end of it yet.


Open up, and flip to the clean side.


And fold and roll again, you get a cleaner tip from the used layer just now. Amazing right?


So…the result of the experiment is: I get 5 Q-tips from one cotton pad!!!


Do you have any other money-saving tips to share?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

plue August 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

i lazy la. but one cotton pad i use for 2 eyes, kaodim 😛


Jenn August 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Wow… what a great cost saving idea Xin! 😀


Nikki August 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm

wonderful! girl! i do the same but I don’t seem to remember to have many sheets out of ONE cotton pad..hmm.mine could be the cheap one! LOL thanks for sharing sis and I LOVE YOUR NAILS!


Jyoan August 26, 2009 at 12:48 am

LOL. Very cute of you to do that.


yahui August 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

geng ah you! hehe~ btw are those Guardian cotton pads? i’m in love with those! 😀


gio August 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


yahui August 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

hard to believe leh dear? btw do give Nasonex a shot, it doesn’t cure the sinus condition but it soothes you long enough to carry on with your life without sneezing all over the place.


prettybeautiful August 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

plue: hahahaha 😛

Jenn: yeay for thrifty! 😛

Nikki: thanks sis!!! 😀 the cotton pad is the good thick one 😀

Jyoan: yeah ^_^ very cost effective.

yahui: yeah yeah guardian one!! cheap and good. I bought few boxes when it was on sale (kiasu. btw nasonex is over-the-couter flu pill?

gio: welcome! 😀


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