Swiffer's items are expensive. Instead of having to refill your Swiffer, or even buy replacement pads, you can make your own.
How to Make Swiffer Pads
- You can use 20¢ squares of felt to make replacement Swiffer pads. They fit perfectly, and can be washed in a normal load and reused.
- Old towels also make great Swiffer substitutes.
- Pieces of an old flannel shirt are good replacements too. Here is a pattern for making your own washable Swiffer pads.
How to Replace Swiffer Cleaning Solution
- Take the canister off your Swiffer mop and remove the cap with pliers, if necessary. It is on there tight. Refill the canister with DIY all-purpose cleaner. I didn't have any problem getting the cap off. Try running it under hot water for a few minutes first. My husband was able to twist it off with his hands.
- If you can't get the cap off, you can also drill a hole in the top of an empty bottle, and using a small funnel you can refill it with your cleaner of choice. Then cover the hole with duct tape. That way you don't have to worry about messing with the cap.
I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to save money on cleaning supplies. I love the convenience of the Swiffer mop, but just can't justify paying .50 each for disposable cleaning pads! The cleaning solution is expensive too. I have found that the homemade cleaner works just as well as the Swiffer brand, and has less of a chemical smell and more of a fresh scent.
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