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Monday, 14 January 2013

Make Your Own Reusable Swiffer Cloths!



This maybe my favorite little home-keeping pearl of wisdom ever. I love my swiffer. It's so easy to use and lightweight and it picks up every little bit of everything from every nook and cranny of my floors. With 2 cats running around here now, I can easily use it 4 or 5 times a day.

The only problem with that is that those little disposable cloths that you buy for it can really add up quickly. But not any more! Here's how I make my own cloths to reuse. They really work just as well!


All you need is some kind of basic fleece fabric. I just used an old scarf in happy colors that I thought would look cute on my swiffer, but if you went to the fabric store and picked up half a yard of whatever fleece, that would make you about a gazillion cloths.


Next the only real step to this "project" is to cut your pieces of fleece to the right size. You can use an actual swiffer cloth to measure or you can just kind of eyeball it by wrapping it around the swiffer. You can see I'm not a perfectionist about it at all.


The little grabby things on the swiffer are super forgiving. As long as your pieces are sorta kinda the right size, you're good!

So do they really work? That's the question.

Well, this is after about 30 seconds of trying out my new cloths.



Yup. They work.

 Yay!

Also... ew!

*Edit!*
P.S. I had to add this in: I've had a few questions about the washing of these cloths. I always just throw them in with the rest of the laundry. I've been doing this for about 2 years and have never had the fur and stuff end up on our cloths. I think it just gets tumbled out and lands in lint trap. Hope this helps!



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30 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Now that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

Barbara said...

Goodness, that IS a great idea and one I will indeed do - thanks!

Beth@Under A Pile of Scrap! said...

I found you at HomeTalk and I have got to do this! I have a ton of that same kind of fleece that I will never use all of. What a great idea and money saver!

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

I've done this with old flannel pajamas (squirt a spritz of water, good to go) gut was going to try fleece or some left over faux sherpa left over from dog coats. So much more economical and better for the environment, throwing all those Swiffer pads away.
Janet

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Great idea, Courtenay! It would be great for quick sweeps in between vacuuming the dog hair too. My question to you my friend is do you just toss them in the wash or do you try and clean them off first. I am thinking waiting for a small pile and washing them separately. Or do you just toss them?

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Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

wow great tip Courtenay!! Can't wait to try it, pinning!

Vanessa said...

I desperately need to do this between vacuuming dog hair too! I curious about washing them as well.

Beth said...

Great idea, Courtney! I'm always shocked when I go to buy more of those things. Yay for cheap!

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Megan Smith said...

great idea. I replaced the swiffer cloths that you buy with microfiber cloths. works great! my house is fairly large and with a cat and a dog I use 3-4 cloths when I clean. as for washing, I shake them outside to get the worst off then throw them in with the jeans.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Great idea. I don;t have as swiffer, but I have a spray mop thing with cloths on it ( they Velcro on) I replace them pretty often as I have hardwood floors, a dog and live with 3 men ( sigh) so I mop a LOT! Wet and dry.... Thanks for this. They will be way cheaper than the replacement heads and I can use them to dust with as well..
Sweet!!!
Gee

The Golden Sycamore said...

I love this idea! I use microfiber cloths to dust with that would probably work for this, too. I'll have to try it out sometime!
Allison

Andrea @ This Pug Life said...

Good idea using fleece. It attracts every dang thing, might as well put that to good use! Have you tried using them wet? I only have one pad for the mop I use on my hardwood floors because I'm too cheap to buy more, and I am sick of having to wash it constantly so I can use it.

Sandy said...

I think we all must be putting a
hurting on the Swiffer company..
So many are making their own
cloths.. yours are perfect! I
have saved a bundle by crocheting
mine...
Good post
Sandy

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Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I saw this featured over at Chic & Crafty. Awesome!! I've pinned it!

Anonymous said...

I've been making my own fleece swiffer cloths since I bought my swiffer, no brained! lol. I guess Ithought everyone was!

Anonymous said...

Making homemade swiffers is great to save $. I use one for at least a month or more, but use a sticky roller to clean off the dust,work great!

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Anonymous said...

I did that for quite a while, loved it! I ended up getting a steam mop that uses washable heads. One thing I might add, I made the mistake of using fabric sheets in the dryer with the swiffer towels. It left streaks on my floor,but when I stopped using fabric softener sheets in the dryer, it worked great. i just hung them over my dryer and air dried them.Vinegar is also great for washing hard wood floors!

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Anonymous said...

What sort of cleaning solution are you using with these?

Anonymous said...

There are always fleece remnants at Joanns!

Adrienne Latimer said...

I've been doing this for years! If you are extra lazy, you can just buy microfiber cloths at Dollar Tree for dusting. I attach wash rags for mopping too. Just spritz the floor with my cleaner and mop away. It works great! A standard washcloth fits perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Sams Club has a big box of cotton towels in the automotive section. These are inexpensive and they work wonderfully with the Swiffer.

susan said...

Would the cloths work on the Swifter Vac?

Anonymous said...

I love this idea, but wondering what kind of cleaning solution is safe for use on hardwood floors. Any suggestions? I love the fresh smell of the swiffer pads and am open to a homemade yummy smelling alternative.