8 things to do with your muslin cloth

I have amassed so many old muslins over the years and can never bear to throw them away – I’m a terrible hoarder!

If your cloths are starting to pile up, here are my pointers for reusing and recycling them.

1. Everyday Gentle Exfoliation

Using your muslin cloth to remove your Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser,  helps to lift away dead skin cells and impurities that have built up throughout the day. Great for brightening skin on the dry side and stops blackheads forming on oilier complexions.

2. Pout Perfector

Chapped lips are a common problem in the Winter months and can look especially unattractive if you layer lipstick on top.

Before applying your lippy, use a damp muslin to gently buff lips in a circular motion. Follow with lip balm for a perfect pout.

3. Eczema-busting Body Exfoliator

This tip came from a customer  who started using a cloth to gently exfoliate her body in the shower. It’s especially good for Eczema or Keratosis Pilaris sufferers that find typical body brushes too rough.

Smoothing away patches of rough skin will really improve the absorption of  your Body Cream or Oil.

4. Facial Steaming

Soak your muslin cloth in warm (not too hot) water, wring out, then lay over your face for 1-2 minutes.

You can apply over a Face Mask to help skin absorb all the nourishing actives, or apply to freshly cleansed skin for a home-spa experience!

5. Ingrown Hair Remover

Exfoliating areas prone to ingrown hairs with a muslin cloth really helps to prevent them, and gently buffing existing bumps can encourage the hairs underneath to come to the surface. This really works – no more blummin having to tweezer!

If your cloths are on the older side and have lost their exfoliating edge, you can also use them around the house…

6. Goodbye Stains

This is something I discovered when mopping up after my baby son!

Muslin cloths have just the right amount of weave to remove the bulk of a stain before it goes in the wash – just rub the affected area with a little water. Who needs Vanish?!

7. Nut milk strainer

I love making my own almond milk when I have time and old muslins are just brilliant for straining out the nut grains!

Just cut off one seam so you have a pocket and voila.

8. Shoe shiner

Old cloths are great for buffing shoes, particularly if they’re made from delicate fabrics like suede that you wouldn’t want to use a traditional shoe brush on.

How do you use yours? Free rosehip goes to the most inventive response!  Starter for ten…

  • sorina

    I use old cloths to clean the paws of my cat, it’s easy to rinse and dry after every use. And also I use them for polish the mirrors.

  • Frauke

    For loose tea lovers: old muslin cloths can also be used as reusable teabags!

  • Ana Green

    I fill them with oats to make a really soothing bath for irritated skin, I tie them up with an old hair band and just pop them in to the water!

  • Rebecca

    I give them to my seven year old daughter, they make perfect little blankets for her dolls!

  • Sum

    Clean, polish and store jewellery, especially gemstones

  • kara

    Mainly for use in the kitchen:
    - straining stocks and other liquids to filter out impurities
    muslin seems to trap some of the fat in the soup, which is great!

    - filling up a muslin ‘bag’ with herbs or spices when making soup or sauces

  • Caroline

    Thank you for the great tips! I always like to reuse things and not just throw them away!

    I sowed some of my old ones together and used it as a towel for the dog when he comes in from a muddy walk! He really likes it, so it must have a massaging effect or something like that. :-)

  • Sarah

    Hey Pai – with spring arriving and summer hopefully full of sunshine ahead of us – could you do a post about Spf for our skin? Mainly facecare? Obviously it would be brilliant if you would come up with your own spf Pai product :-D

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, of course we can do a blog post about it! If you ever have any blog requests then shoot them over. x

  • Anonymous

    oh wow… havn’t thought about the almond milk strainer… could use one! Thank you for the idea!

  • Yasmin

    My mum uses them when she makes paneer (indian cheese)

  • Jana

    can I wash them in a washer? ..using dyes free, parfume free, natural detergent..also how often can I wash them? thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, just pop them in the washing machine. You can wash them as often as you like – ideally every couple of days. x