How to Make Your Own Pill Towels, With Soap!




You might have seen these handy Pill Towels at ThinkGeek.
When i saw these, i though they might be useful, but the 10 dollar price tag turned me off.

Here's how to make your own from thing lying around the house.

You can even throw in something extra!

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Step 1: What You Need

For this project, you will need:

A film canister
A paper towel
A piece of glass Tupperware
Your hands

Step 2: Cut Your Towels

Your paper towel probably be large and bulky, so i recommend that you cut it into halves or fourths.

Step 3: Fold and Mold

Fold your towels into squares about the size of you film canister.
Using your index finger, push them to the bottom with your finger in the center.
Those little flaps you see will be pressed down later.


If you want to add soap now to get a more concentrated soapy towel, put a dollop of soap between the folds.

Step 4: Add Water and Soap

Next, fill the canister with water.
If you want, add a bit of soap too, but keep in mind it will take longer to dry.
If you add the soap now, it will be less concentrated than in the step before.
Wait until all the air bubbles come out of the paper at the bottom.

Step 5: Squeeze and Tap

Pour out the water, and use your thumb to squeeze the water out of the paper at the bottom of the canister. Make sure it is as compacted as possible.

Turn the canister upside down, and tap it against your counter. kepp this up until you dislodge your paper. Flip over the paper, side it back in, and repeat step 4. This ensure the surface is uniform and the paper is flat.

Step 6: Remove Water

Place your paper "patty" between another towel and the glass Tupperware, and push down. You will see the water come out.

Step 7: Dry and You're Done

Place your pill towel on a dry towel, and leave them overnight. They will be dry in the morning.
As you can see in the picture, i tried several different sizes.
All should fit into the film canister when you are done.
Drill a hole in the bottom of the canister, and small one. This is so when you have them all in the canister, you can poke them out with a pencil.

Enjoy your pill towels at a fraction of the cost!

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    31 Discussions


    I might be wrong, but aren't the ones on Thinkgeek made of cloth? I've gotten full sized towels like this before. Would love instructions on how to do this with a cloth towel. Would be great for emergency kits.

    8 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You might try to sent up a - plastic bag - plunger in the canister (small hole in bottom to help drainage and push the dry cloth out) - vacuum arrangment to compress the cloth and extract the water. That would be the most compact you could get the cloth.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry for the multiple replys on this. The ideas are rolling tonight. If you use the vacuum pump you will likely not have to use more then a few drops of water. Maybe a 50/50 with a liquid soap would do. Not sure how well the liquid soap would hold the cloth together. Another idea may be to mist the cloth with a spray bottle of a dry soap/water mixture before stuffing in a tube.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, and to make the towel bigger you have to apply water, but if you apply wayyer to this, wont it just kinda fall apart and be useless?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've tried this with a name brand and generic towel. The multi-layer "quilted" name brand ones seem to hold together no matter what.


    Yes, the thinkgeek towels are made with cloth. I'll see about making a cloth one, get back to you in a bit.

    King CrabDarren.

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh for God sake, if you read anything: They are small easy to store compact useful you can carry a lot take up very little space etc.


    10 years ago on Step 7

    Could be good for camping, especially tight resource motorcycle camping.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Soak it in water, it turns into a normal paper towel. Its to make the towel more portable.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    you cary these dry disc's around with you, and when you need soap and a little wipe you just add water, it fluffs out with soap embedded, and your good to go