Introduction: Cheap and Easy Reusable Swiffer Wet-Jet Pads
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!
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)
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.
Step 2: Assembly
1. Lay your dish towel with the mesh side down.
2. Fold your rag in half and lay in the middle of the dish towel. (this extra rag adds absorbancy. If the scrubbing towel you found is very thick, you may want to omit the rag. Don't be tempted to thicken it more than the 3 layers shown or your swiffer will rollaround on the pad and annoy you.)
3. Place the head of the swiffer so that the leading edge lines up with the edge of the folded rag and is pretty much completely covering that edge. You don't want any of it to fold up over the leading edge.
4. Pinch the cloth up around the top of the Swiffer's head, fold it over if necessary, pull it kinda tight, and clip with your super strong binder clips. Placement of the clips should be more or less in line with the "jets".
5. Feel for (or peek) for the jets through the cloth and use scissors to snip away the cloth covering them. If after you start using your new disposable pads your swiffer starts spraying wonky, you might try making these holes larger.
Step 3: Does It Work? WARNING: GRAPHIC, WET & DIRTY IMAGES!!!
Ohhhhh heck yeah.
I made 3 of these and they are enough to keep me mopping the whole week through. Toss them in the laundry and reassemble.
Step 4: Bonus, Clip Storage
It's a bad picture, but if you stick them in like that, they stay there.