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  • egc-07

    I made my own pads when swifter first came out it was just common sense, and very cost effective!!

    • http://walkwithmepart2.blogspot.com jw

      I found I could stretch an inside out used sock over the pad and it worked great. It can be washed and reused. My kids broke my swiffer, so when I replaced it, I got one with washable pads. So socks are relegated to dusting.

  • http://ritesofpassage.us Debbie

    I don’t own a swiffer, but I think you can buy craft syringes at craft stores or hobby shops (in the model section) — they’re used for gluing. Of course, they are plastic, but you will be using them over and over.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      Great idea, Debbie! I’ll take a peek next time I’m at the craft store!

  • http://www.whimsygirl.net whimsygirl

    If you have a farm store or vet supply store, you can probably find REALLY big syringes.

  • Kelly

    Funny – I live in Peru, and while Swiffer’s aren’t available here (not that i’ve seen in the last 5 years, anyway), they do have a nice way of cleaning floors. It involves a push broom or floor squeegee and a large piece of heavy duty cloth with a reinforced hole in the middle. Slide the handle of the broom up through the hole, and the cloth doubles over the bristles – easy peasy for cleaning wood or ceramic floors.

    • marc

      hey kelly what do you guys use in peru to clean floors do you think the swifter would sell good in peru.

  • Maggie

    I may be confused, but isn’t the magic of Swiffer the highly staticky-dust-attracting pads? Simply replacing those with any other cloth doesn’t seem to be a real substitute – otherwise, how is this different from a regular broom or cloth?

  • http://www.fiftyfootwhip.com chicaroja

    for quite some time i have been wanting to do this for the yoga studio i work at. we swiffer the studio after every class and the waste and chemicals are driving me crazy. the one (small) glitch, is how do you clean the pads? there is a lot of hair and other big dirt at the studio, so i don’t want to just toss that into the wash. do you hose them off first? let it dry and shake them out? just curious about what your methods are…

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      Ooh good one! I’d take the pads outside and beat them, sort of like a rug, to get all the big gunky things off of there. As far as washing, I toss them in the machine with our rags, napkins, and towels. The sweater I used was already shrunk from an unfortunate dryer incident, so we don’t even have to hang ours dry!

  • Criss Kraus

    I made a pad with a ‘seen better days’ miracle fabric washable towel. It is fantanstic. Took another one of these towels and sewed it onto some old burlap that had ‘wells’ for the swifter hand duster and then cut shreds into it. This also works great and is washable.

  • Julie

    what about a turkey baster for refilling..maybe that would work.

  • Criss

    If you have any of those duster anti-static fabrics that are ‘just for electronics’ – you can make it into a swifter duster by sewing it and shredding it so it attaches, etc…. i have one that is almost ready for this makeover.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      Brilliant! We actually bought the Swiffer duster because we didn’t realize they had a disposable bit. I think my hubby returned it, but if not this is so on.

  • Criss

    I have also used used dryer sheets. Most are anti-static and collect dust real well. Make sure it is a used one though. Otherwise it can leave a film on wood and glass.

  • Jen

    I got the cap off the swiffer by sawing the bottom edge with a sharp knife and using a pair of pliers. Now it screws on and off just like any other bottle! It can be done with a little effort!

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      So you sawed around the perimeter of where it’s sealed? That’s so smart!

      • annie

        We just cut the child proof gaurd off of the bottle top. Works like a charm and the bottle opens and closes fine. My husband used his very sharp pocket knife and extremely skilled hands.

  • connie

    Hey there,

    as I have found out recently, you actually take a pair of pliers and twist the cap to the swiffer solution off…this takes some strength, but once you get it off, it screws back on easily. I did this the other day and filled the empty tank halfway up with pine sol, (the yummy lavender scent) and then the rest of the way with water…..so half cleaner, half water. It cleaned the floor beautifully and with no residue…..the house smelled fab too!!

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  • http://movietrailerlist.com/ Twilight Free Tickets

    Really fantastic piece of work..and great demonstration…your instructions are really simple and Im gonna try it out right away…

  • http://Website(optional) LarryXA

    Thx, this has definitely made my day!


  • http://whenthedinnerbellrings.blogspot.com Molly Garza

    I am frugal from the word go and when I first got my Swiffer Floor Duster decided I would not use the overpriced pads for it so I took a microfiber cloth and just anchored it in to my dust head and was ready to go. I posted pictures to my blog under the Cleaning section. I remover the dirty cloth, shake loose particles, spray with a laundry pre-treat spray and toss it in the washer and line dry it. We are good to go. Nothing fancy, just bare bones frugal.

    • Becky Striepe

      That is genius! I’ll have to try that next time I forget to wash the home made pads for cleaning day. Which happens way too often. ;)

  • melissa

    i make my own swiffer solution….my husband just unscrews the bottle. its really hard and you have to unscrew it “backwards” and he sometimes uses plyers but in the end I am able to refill it. I make a solution of white vinegar, castile soap, water, a little bit of lemon juice, and and sometimes tea tree oil

  • http://www.smarterfaucetsbuy.com Jadwiga Samanlego

    I am constantly looking online for tips that can help me. Thanks!

  • http://www.monkeymommascrafts.blogspot.com Jackie

    I found a video on youtube on just dipping the tip of the bottle into boiling water for 15 seconds and it literally pops RIGHT OFF!! AMAZING!!!