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Hi.  This is my first Instructable.  This is very low-tech and very humble.  Those of you (Instructabelers....Instructabilians...Instructabillys?).. ..that do these high-tech genius projects, man, you guys are so much cooler than I.  I mostly like to find minute ways to make my life easier.  I'm super cheap and lazy, and obsessive about arranging and automating my life as much as possible so I don't actually have to be present.  So if I do any more of these, it'll probably be along those lines. 

This particular project was for me just filling a need.  I like my Wet-Jet but I hate buying the disposable pads all the time.  At about a buck a piece, cleaning the floor starts looking expensive to me.  (I have 2 young children)  There doesn't seem to be a generic brand of the pads that I've seen, and some other mop brands do make reusable pads but they're stupid-expensive too, they don't really fit the Swiffer, and the ones I've tried don't even work that great in my opinion.  So I set out to make my own.  A few weeks of supply hunting and experimentation and we have a winner! 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

1. A Swiffer Wet Jet
2. some washcloth-sized rags
3. dish-washing cloths with scrubbing mesh on at least one side.
4. two "binder clips"  (I had to look up what those things were called) 
5. scissors

cost:  a few dollars at most.  I found a 3 pack of the mesh dish towels at a discount store for $2 and teh rest of the stuff I had around the house already.
emcd5 days ago

thanks...will do :)

This is awesome! I have a bunch of old dishrags that I was going to take out of circulation anyway, and they'll be perfect for the padding layers. I think I'll sew them all together so I don't have to fold them up every time. Now I just have to find some dish clothes with a scrubby side.

just thinking6 months ago

Just an addition to this. If you hate the buying the refill bottles of solution, just fill a cup of water and put in microwave for 1.5 minutes, then hold empty bottle capside down into the water for about 10-20 seconds. The cap will unscrew and you are able to refill it with any solution you like ie pinesol, vinegar and water. screw the cap back on and walllaaaaa it works.

karanicholl11 months ago
Thank you! I've found that adding extra velcro tape strips to the bottom and top of the mop help the cloth stay on and can even eliminate the need for the clips! PS - You can also refill the swiffer bottles by soaking the empty bottle (cap facing down) in boiling/super hot water for a couple minutes. It'll twist right off and back on so you can fill it with whatever you want!
This is great!!! Just what I needed!!!
MrLWJ2 years ago
Well done DredPirate,
A great ibble does not require, genius or high tech.
Just finding a way to do something new, or better, or more green, or cheaper, and share that discovery, that is what this site is really about.
Keep it Up.
Mr.
An excellent green fix! Those refills really are over-priced and I love that mop.
mzlady2 years ago
exactly what I needed.... I quit buying the refills... too expensive.....
thanx for this great idea.... I happen to have some of these cloths
already... so I only have to put it together.... yayyy no money spent....
This is awesome! A good easy fix.

Also, I have never heard the term instructabilly before, but I love it. :D