How to Recycle Mascara Wands

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Over the course of two years, I have used over 300 mascara wands (estimation).

It all started when I realized that I had enough mascaras to last a lifetime.

I decided to experiment with them and came up with a fun and exciting way to recycle old mascara wands. This post will show you how you can do the same.

1. Arrange the mascara wands on a clean surface.

You can place the mascara wands on any surface, but make sure the area is clean and dry before you begin. If necessary, use a paper towel to rub away any wetness.

To kill bacteria, spray your work surface with a 1:9 ratio bleach and water solution. Once it has dried, you can begin placing your tubes in rows.

2. Disinfect the wands

First off, make sure you have the right proportions.

A little bleach goes a long way here and there’s nothing worse than ruining your supplies by using too much of it. Secondly, use a clean container that’s never been used for other chemicals.

Take note: recycling isn’t about just throwing things away to be magically reused! It’s about doing good and keeping things sanitary so they can be reused effectively.

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To start, take your wands and place them in the container you’ve prepared from the last step.

Then, fill it with warm water at a ratio of one part bleach to ten parts water and let them sit for 10 minutes before rinsing them thoroughly in running water.

If there are any stubborn spots, don’t fret—simply dip your wand into the bleach solution again before giving it another rinse with cold tap water.

3. Remove the excess liquid from the mascara wands

The next step for how to recycle mascara wands is to remove the excess liquid from the mascara wands with a paper towel.

This can be done by gently wiping the wand on a paper towel or any type of dish towel you may have available.

Some people prefer to use newspaper or old cloth rags, but make sure that whatever you decide to use can absorb all of the excess liquid that is inside of the wand, otherwise, it will spread out onto the table and make a mess.

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Once all of the excess liquid has been removed, move on to step 3.

4. Allow the mascara wands to air dry for 15 minutes

If you plan to reuse the wands for your own personal use, be sure to allow them to air dry completely. This will ensure that they are free of bacteria and germs that might have been left behind by the previous user.

If you plan to donate the wands, however, it is important that they air dry completely before sending them off to their new home. This will preserve the condition of the product and prevent any bacteria growth while they are in transit or being stored in a warehouse.

5. Place the mascara wands in an envelope and mail them to Wildlife Refuge

Once you have enough mascara wands, place them in an envelope, making sure that they won’t poke through or damage the envelope.

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You can mail them using your preferred shipping method; however, if you are mailing from within the United States, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge recommends using USPS First Class Mail.

Note: If you choose to mail your mascara wands to Appalachian Wildlife Refuge and would like a confirmation that they received your package, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard when you send your package.

They will use this postcard to notify you that they received your mascara wands.

For more information on mailing in your mascara wands, visit the Mascara Wand Recycling page on the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge website.

Final Thoughts

In summary, you can recycle your mascara wands if it is brand new and you have not used them!

You can also be creative by using it as a pincer tool while changing light bulbs or fashioning a window cleaning tool out of one.

Thank you for reading this article on how to recycle mascara wands; I hope that it was helpful.