I love my Swiffer but I don’t love the disposable pads or chemical cleaner. I knew that when we got ours we’d only use the cleaner until it ran out and then I’d use the bottle to make my own. I figured I would do the same with the pads. But as ours is a Swiffer wet jet and has jets on top, I couldn’t use a typical Swiffer pad DIY. So I improvised!
Seriously you can make the solution with ingredients in your home and you can make the DIY Swiffer wet jet pads without much sewing experience!
Learning to make both has saved me so much waste and money and I hope it can help you out too!
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DIY Swiffer Wet Jet Pads:
What you need:
- Start by measuring the bottom of your Swiffer or an existing Swiffer pad
- Once you know the measurements, cut them out of your towel
- Now it’s time to hem the edges so they don’t fray. This can be done on a sewing machine or by hand but it takes a little longer. I sewed mine on a sewing machine using a zigzag pattern.
- After it’s hemmed, it’s time to attach the velcro. You can do this by sewing the strips to the bottom of the towel piece you just cut and hemmed. Just make sure that you add enough velcro so that it attaches firmly and won’t hang loosely.
- After the velcro is attached, they’re done!
These are so much nicer than the disposable ones. It saves so much waste and you never have to worry about getting more at the store.
DIY Swiffer Solution:
What you need:
- Filtered water
- a few drops of soap or dish soap (I use Dr. Bronners Castile soap)
- Now, removing the cap from a Swiffer bottle is arguably the hardest part of anything in this blog post. To do this fill a pot with just enough water to cover the cap on the bottle. Bring it to a boil and place the bottle cap-side down in the boiling water for 3 minutes. After that, use some oven mitts and it should twist right off! If not, boil it for a little longer and try again. After you initially get it off, it should twist on and off easily.
- Once the cap is off give it a good rinse and then fill it with equal parts vinegar and water.
- Then add in only a few drops of your soap
- Twist the cap back on and give it a good shake before putting it back in your Swiffer!
This is gentle enough for any floor surface and it doesn’t leave behind any lingering vinegar smell.
And there you have it! 2 super easy DIYs for your Swiffer that will save you money and prevent so much waste! The best part is you probably have the majority of the supplies and ingredients needed already laying around your house.
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