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Swiffer mops are awesome. My floors were never so clean as right after I purchased my first WetJet. My goal is to be a thrifty and eco-friendly consumer, however. (Darn those principles!) So my Swiffers now languish in the garage while I've gone back to the good old broom, bucket and mop method of floor cleaning.

DIY Swiffer pads could be a solution to my quandary. Make-your-own pads can be cheap to make or buy. Best of all, they can often be put through the wash and reused, which is both eco- and wallet-friendly! (Just shake or brush most of the crud off before popping it in the machine.)

The wonderful Consumerist puts forth a number of suggestions for DIY Swiffer pads, such as bulk microfiber cloths, bar mop towels and wash cloths, plus knit-your-own (pictured). A more unusual, yet inspired, suggestion: old socks! Yes, disposable baby diapers are on the list, too, but I reject that on the grounds they can't be put through the washing machine and reused.

Over at Instructables, there's a how-to on sewing your own Swiffer replacement pads. Cool, although they look a lot like cloth pre-fold diapers, which can be purchased cheaply and are incredibly absorbent.

Check out Thrifty Fun for additional winning suggestions on cheap ways to Swiffer your floors!

  • Andrea

    I use microfiber cloths and more recently sham-wow's cut down to size with my Swiffer mop. I haven't purchased a Swiffer refills in years.

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