Quite sometime ago, I mindlessly purchased a Swiffer Wet-Jet.
Why? Like many Americans, I was attracted to the idea of the convenience, and efficiency that it promised me. All I had to do was dole out $18.50 for the starter kit, and I would be on my way to a cleaner house. I wouldn't have to get on my hands, and knees anymore. I wouldn't have to schlep a bucket of soapy water all around my house anymore. But best of all, I could throw away those Swiffer pads once I cleaned my house, keeping all of those awful germs, and creepy-crawlies out of my house, and in the trash where it belongs.
Why did this sound like a good idea? Should I really be throwing even MORE stuff away than I already do? About a year later I realized my mistake. I contemplated tossing the dreaded Swiffer, because every time I looked at it I felt more, and more guilty about my purchase. But since I already felt guilty about throwing all those pads away, why would I throw the Swiffer away? It was then that I decided to make my own re-useable Swiffer pads.
They can be made out of any absorbent materials. Cotton, bamboo, hemp, micro fiber. Think about what fabrics you have at home that you no longer use. Stained towels, ripped jeans, your exes flannel (assuming the last time you dated was in 1994 : ) ) You will save even more money, and keep even more out of the landfills, if you simply upcycle something you already own. Or make a small purchase from your local thrift store, and upcycle something you found there.
I used towels (terry cloth) for this project.
**You will need
11 1/2" x 5 1/2" of terry
2 10" strips of Velcro. The fluffy piece, not the hooky, rough piece.
Thread, pins, scissors...
Next, leaving a half inch seam allowance, sew all around leaving an inch and a half opening on one end. I used red, and brown thread so you can see where I stitched.
Turn right side out by pulling your fabric through the opening you left. Remember to push out all of your corners really well.
Now, fold in the ends of your opening, and either pin them shut, or press them with your steam iron.
Now go ahead, and beginning at the opening, topstitch around all 4 sides.
Now you need to attach your Velcro. Take the fuzzy sides, and cut 2 pieces to 10". Remove the plastic backing, and right below your stitching, pin onto your pad.
Now set your machine to a zig-zag stitch. I stitched right down the middle, but you can stitch around all 4 sides if you choose. Just remember to back stitch at the beginning, and end a little to secure your Velcro really well.
There you go...now you're all done.
Feel free to clean your little heart out. I like to change these each time I clean a different room. Just toss in the laundry when they get skanky.
Click on the link here, to find out how to make your own natural floor cleaner. If you put the solution in a spray bottle, it will work with the same ease as your Swiffer Wet Jet. Simply spray, and wipe.