I spend a lot of time cleaning. Well, time and money. I complained a few weeks ago about the lack of eco-friendliness and the expense of products like disposable cleaning wipes and I have the same feelings about cleaning pads for Swiffers.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my Swiffer, and it certainly makes my life easier, but the cleaning pads, dry and wet, are not great to be cleaning with. There are ingredients that concern me regarding toxicity, respiratory issues and much more. Check out the link above if you want to read about it yourself. These products are also disposable and can get expensive over time. I just don’t think it’s necessary.
Of course, when I find a need for something, I try to make it. This scenario is no different. This DIY replacement is super easy, too!
All you need is a few supplies and you might have them lying around your house. If not, that’s okay! I have links below to help you find them.
Reusable Swiffer pad supplies
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Step 1: cut your felt pads
Measure your felt to 8.5×11″ and cut.
If you don’t have a tape measure or ruler, you can always just use a piece of standard US paper because it’s the same size. Your measurements don’t have to be 100% accurate either because we’re cleaning with these, not hanging them somewhere for all to see.
Step 2: attach the felt pads to your sweeper
Lay the felt pad on the floor and attach it to your Swiffer like you would the regular cleaning pads.
Step 3: choose a cleaning product
Grab a multipurpose or floor cleaner that you like and get to cleaning!
I really like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products, but you can use whatever you want.
That’s it! Super easy, right?
When you’re done, you can rinse off the felt pad and toss it in with your laundry, wash and reuse! I love that.
Note: these won’t fray when washed but they will shrink. It’s beneficial to pre-wash before using.
Also, if you’re interested in more eco-friendly, better-for-you cleaning products, I highly recommend checking out Grove. On this site, you can buy natural cleaning products like Mrs. Meyers, Method, Seventh Generation, etc., as a subscription. I’ve used it for about 6 months now and really like it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Would you like to try reusable cleaning options? Leave them in the comments.