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I had seen a few Swiffer instructables here, and thought what a great idea they were - buying the solution bottles and pads was expensive and wasteful, and the wet pads left a residue on the floor. I got all the stuff I needed, but didn't have time to make the washable pads or mod the wetjet bottle to make it refillable, so I came up with a quick and lazy way to get the same results.

All you need is a Swiffer, a bucket, some old washcloths, and your cleaning solution.

Step 1: Soap up the rag.

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Soak the washcloth and squeeze it out, but not completely. The wetter it is, the more it will clean, but you don't want puddles. Lay the washcloth on the floor and center the head of the swiffer on it.
 
Miss World4 years ago
Thank you for this great idea! I stopped using it because I live in a large place and it got kindda expensive .. this is a fantastic alternative! thanks!
I had been doing this for a while with dollar store towels. It really works!
AlisonM (author) 5 years ago
Absolutely!  Or if you're an avid DIYer, you probably also have a long handled drywall sander that would work, too.  However, I bought the Swiffer, thinking what a great idea it was, until I actually started using it.  Yeah, the duster things are great (especially if you're like me and can't do much reaching and bending) but the wet pads are such a waste, and leave a residue.  My Swiffer would have been found in the trash if I hadn't started to use the washcloths, so in essence, it's been recycled!
stickmop6 years ago
I've used the clips on my homemade stickmop a time or two, but with a narrow crossbar at the bottom of the stick (i.e., a 2x2), most rags just flip over the 2x2 and stay on nicely. Makes it quick and easy to swap out the rag too.