Make Your Own Swiffer

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on April 28, 2009

When we moved into our house, I was thrilled to have beautiful hardwood floors. They are so classy and warm looking. However they do take a little bit of upkeep. My mom gave me a stickvac that doesn’t work well in her plush carpeted house. It works great for quick pickups of dust and kid created debris.

But what if I didn’t have that? I’ve asked several other friends what they have used on their hardwood, tile & linoleum floors. The overwhelming majority say “a swiffer”. Folks just love these light easy to maneuver floor cleaners with their disposable electrostatic “non woven fiber” pads.

Ever since “becoming frugal” have disliked anything marketed as being disposable. It just seems so wasteful to purchase something knowing that I am going to throw it out. I use cloth napkins. We use washcloths instead of paper towel. I admit to purchasing plastic zippered baggies, but I wash them out and use them several times before they are thrown out. So the idea of buying a Swiffer and committing to a “lifetime” of disposable pads really irks me. Enough that I hit the internet to see what other solutions I could find.

Green Mountain Mama has a knit Swiffer pattern that uses buttons to attach. Hakucho created a knit ball band style Swiffer pattern that uses a drawstring to stay on. Candian Crafter even has a pattern that you can make on the Knifty Knitter Loom!

Are you a crocheter? I’ve got some patterns for you too! Gerhkins bucket created a “Biffer Shrug” as well as a cover for the hand held duster. Or there is this cool reversible crochet pattern at Craftstylish.

Don’t play with sticks or hooks? How about sewing your own out of fleece (or maybe microfiber cloth?) Although she doesn’t give directions, for anyone who can sew this picture by Merwing tells all the tale you need to make your own fleece swiffer cover. She’s also got some pictoral directions for making a fleece swiffer duster.

Then again, if you really, really want to do the cheap charlie, no crafting involved version, you could just wrap a microfiber cloth around the thing and secure it with some rubber bands. Viola-it’s the ghetto version.

Photos by Merwing & Drift Word

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