I found the concept of handmade, reusable Swiffer pads appealing after seeing many how-to guides on the subject. I really liked the idea, in theory. But, the examples I saw seemed more difficult to implement than I wanted to undertake. Most of the guides required sewing, and I haven’t mastered the art of using my sewing machine.
So, I came up with a new plan.
1) cut a rectangle out of fleece
The fleece doesn’t fray, so there is no need to sew any seems.
To use the Swiffer, you just put the cloth into a plastic component with a star design. You don’t even need to be exact about cutting the size or shape. So, there is no need for any pockets, straps or any thing else to attach it.
I usually use these as dry cloths, but I have wet them with soapy water and cleaned with them also.
When I am done, I just throw them into the washing machine.
What can I use in place of Swiffer pads?
Looking for an alternative to Swiffer pads? Here are a few options that you can use:
1. Reusable Cloths
Reusable cloths are a great alternative to Swiffer pads. They can be used over and over again, which saves you money in the long run. Plus, they’re gentle on surfaces and won’t leave behind any scratches.
2. Old T-Shirts
Got some old t-shirts that you don’t wear anymore? Put them to good use by using them as dusting cloths. They’ll work just as well as Swiffer pads and you won’t have to feel guilty about throwing them away.
3. Microfiber Cloths
Microfiber cloths are another great option for dusting. They’re super absorbent and will pick up all the dust and dirt on your surfaces. Plus, they won’t scratch delicate surfaces like Swiffer pads can.
4. Dryer Sheets
Believe it or not, dryer sheets can actually be used for dusting. Just grab one from the laundry room and use it to wipe down surfaces. The static electricity in the dryer sheet will help to attract and lift dust.
5. Pet Hair
If you have a pet, put their hair to good use by using it to dust. It may sound weird, but it works like a charm. The hair will attract dust and dirt, making it easy to wipe away. Plus, it’s a great way to recycle your pet’s hair.
So there you have it, a few alternatives to Swiffer pads. Give them a try and see which one works best for you.
Can you wash and reuse Swiffer pads?
In short, no. Swiffer pads are not meant to be washed and reused. The company that makes Swiffer specifically says that their pads should be thrown away after each use. There are a few reasons for this.
- First, the pads are covered in a sticky substance that helps them pick up dust and dirt. This substance would quickly become clogged if you tried to wash it off and reuse the pad.
- Second, the pads are made of a material that breaks down over time. Washing them would speed up this process and make them fall apart more quickly.
- Finally, Swiffer pads are relatively inexpensive. It doesn’t make sense to try and wash them and reuse them when you can just buy new ones.
So, in conclusion, no, you should not wash and reuse Swiffer pads.
Why is my floor sticky after Swiffer?
Although Swiffer products are simple to use, professional cleaners warn that they should not be used on all surfaces. It is not recommended to use a Swiffer on some surfaces, such as marble floors or wooden decks.
There are a few possible reasons why your floor may be sticky after using a Swiffer. The first possibility is that you didn’t rinse the floor well enough after using the Swiffer. This can happen if you’re in a hurry and just give the floor a quick once-over with the Swiffer before moving on. Make sure to take the time to rinse the floor thoroughly after using the Swiffer, paying special attention to any areas where the solution may have pooled.
Another possibility is that you’re using too much of the Swiffer solution. When you use more solution than necessary, it can take longer to dry and will be more likely to leave a sticky residue. Be sure to follow the directions on the Swiffer bottle and only use as much solution as you need.
If you’ve rinsed the floor well and you’re not using too much solution, then it’s possible that the type of flooring you have is causing the problem. Some types of flooring, such as vinyl or linoleum, can be more susceptible to sticky residues. If this is the case, you may want to try using a different cleaner or flooring material.
Do you recall learning about acids, bases, and pH in high school chemistry? Cheese and meat, for example, are acidic, whereas avocados and lettuce are alkaline. It’s the same with cleaning products; surfaces like marble, which need a neutral six to eight pH cleanser, can’t be cleaned with a Swiffer Wet Jet due to its alkaline pH level of ten.