Swiffer Mop Pad (a Reusable One!)




About: I am a teacher and crafter. I'm always coming up with schemes for how to make things we buy reusable, better, or more beautiful.

Sew a reusable pad out of old t-shirts and a wool blanket for your Swiffer-type mop.

I do not like using disposable cleaning products. I cloth diaper my kids and I use washcloths instead of paper towels. But my Swiffer mop is so convenient! It seemed to me that it was time to stop using disposable mop pads. It will save the environment and save money.

I decided to make this pad out of discarded clothes and a wool blanket I never use because I did not want to throw them away either. The greatest part about this project is that anyone can do it. It does not need to look pretty. You're going to use it to clean your floor, you know?

Cleaning with this pad takes a little more elbow grease than the disposable pads but it cleans great. I recommend making at least two so you have a clean one while the other is in the laundry.

Step 1: Materials List

An old t-shirt
Woven wool blanket (or anything you have on hand that will stick to your mop head)
Disposable pad that comes with your mop
Freezer paper
Ironing board
Scissors or rotary cutter
Sewing machine

Step 2: Trace Your Pattern

Trace your disposable pad twice onto the paper side of a piece of freezer paper. Trace your disposable pad once onto another piece of freezer paper.

Step 3: Adhere Freezer Paper to Fabrics

Place the freezer paper plastic-side-down onto the fabric. Iron the paper to the fabric using a low heat and no steam. It will only take a couple seconds. Iron the freezer paper with two tracings to the t-shirt. Iron the paper with one tracing to the blanket.

You could also pin the paper to the fabrics. I just find this to be much easier.

Step 4: Cut Out Your Fabric

Cut along the lines. Remove the freezer paper after you have finished cutting. Remove all the paper (check the second picture in this step).

You should have four pieces of t-shirt fabric and one piece of blanket.

Step 5: Layer and Pin the Fabric

Layer them as such: 3 pieces of t-shirt, 1 piece of wool blanket, 1 piece of t-shirt.

Pin along all of the edges leaving a 3-inch gap. You will not be sewing this gap at first. You need a spot to turn the fabric out-side-in.

Step 6: Sew It: Take 1

Line the fabric up to the edge of the foot of your sewing machine. Sew along all the edges leaving a 3-inch gap of unsewn fabric (this is the hole you will turn the fabric through).

Step 7: Turn the Piece Out-Side-In

Turn the single piece of t-shirt fabric over, pushing all the fabric through the gap and using your finger to poke out the corners.

You should now have four layers of t-shirt fabric all stacked on top of one another with a piece of blanket fabric on top.

Step 8: Sew It: Take 2

Pin the gap and sew once along all of the edges of the piece making sure you close the gap.

Then, sew vertical lines approximately 1- 2 inches apart. Now, sew horizontal lines approximately 1 - 2 inches apart.

Step 9: You're Done!

Now, go save the environment!



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    50 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fabulous idea. Back when I had a cleaning service, they'd tie rags onto to mops so they could toss them when they got dirty instead of just moving the dirt around, and I was trying to think of how to do this for the pet rescue I volunteer for. We started using the swiffer wetjets, but you can easily use two pads a night, and the cleaning fluid lasts barely a week. I've got tons of t-shirt rags, and now I know what to do with them! I might also try cannibalizing some delicate bags (the kind you use in the washing machine that are always opening at the seams or breaking their zippers) for a "scrubby" surface for the bottom. Thanks for the Instructable!

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago

    Instead of buying those expensive cleaning solutions I purchase a gallon of distilled white vinegar. (Less than $3 at Wal-Mart) I mix up a solution of vinegar and water. Not only is it cheaper but it also disinfects and is much safer of a child or pet ingests some.



    4 years ago on Introduction


    I have seen others' versions of this same type of thing, and although theirs is less "work", yours looks, and has all the appearances of, a far better made product.

    You made a comment that it would take more elbow grease with this than it will with the commercial product....

    IDEA: why not take a small piece of something(ruff side of velcro, scrub pad, etc) & sew it to this pad for scrubbing the hard PITA(pain in the *cough, cough*) areas of the floor? it may save on elbow grease....

    Other than that, I can not think of ANYTHING that I would change about the way you have made this. I love it!! :)

    TY for sharing Ma'am.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is kind of an old thread but I use microfiber cloths on my swiffers. Just size them like op did and then sew them up. The microfiber really picks up the dirt and can help with scrubbing. I also found this cool site that sells replacement batteries for your swiffer vacuum. Instead of throwing it out when the battery won't hold a charge, you can just order this. They are at www.sweeperbattery.com. Mine has gone on for two years now.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm, my Swiffer mop must be different than you guy's. I just put a regular sized washcloth on the floor, set the Swiffer mop on top and stuff the washcloth corners into the slots on top to hold it in place.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, I do the very same thing myself. I thought I was being original too. In fact I use old hand towels there are a bit bigger and I can fling it around, hehehee.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I've had both types of swiffer mops. There is the one described above that you can get both dry and wet cloths for and then the wetjet that has the liquid cleaner bottle attached. I've broken both of mine. I was going to get a new wet jet but I'm going to get the other because I really like the idea of using a washcloth with it. It seems it will be easy to rinse good and reattached during mopping of my floors. Then I can throw the washcloth in the laundry.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yep - Mine has the hook side of velcro all across the bottom. Is yours a dust mop? Mine is the wet jet. Sounds like yours is really easy to use, though!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It is easy. Wet the washcloth in the cleaning solution, wring out and stuff in the corners. Take off and throw in the washer. Your cleaning pad looks nicer though. :)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    you may also try sewing a piece of tulle (that net like fabric used for ballerina tutus) to one side so as to imitate the swiffer scrubber side. 'Just to get the dried on tomato sauce off the floor.'

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    i tend to break the aluminum pole, when i mop broke 2 or 3 already, now i use the painters stick,or s hardwood stick, i had a duster /dry type that came with wet and dry pads, there is an instructable to refill the reservoir from the top, no need to mess with the treads and leaking, i use the yellow synthetic microfiber pads that costco sells in the auto section, work great and eaaasy to clean, plus bag of 48 is cheap and useful all over the abode. i added velcro to the bottom, but i am changing to the stick 2 by 2 or the rubber scrubbers head that i also have , abd had no use for.on the wood one could always nail some extra padding.i am going to make a small 4 inch one for behind the toilet. the old mops dont hold a candle to small microfiber shop rags


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I made some reusable pads out of old sweat pants. I made them with the fuzzy side out. You can double or even triple these in thickness. Depending on how thick you want them. I tried them for dry dust mopping. They worked really good.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have used maxi pads in the past. They work well and are cheaper than the real thing. The hospital maxi's, that are as big as diapers, work the best.

    2 replies

    I have done this.....bough large store brand maxi pads. Thought I was the only one! ha ha! But still want to stop the waste and expense. I'll be making some of these.....white....so I can bleach them clean! THANKS KIBBLESNKNITS!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Now that's a great idea for those who no longer need those things.   I wonder what I did with mine.   LOL


    9 years ago on Introduction

    AH!  Definitely forwarding this one to my mother!  She's a quilter, I've often claimed she can quilt anything and this just goes to show, you CAN! :D