Monday, November 30, 2009

Homemade Reusable Swiffer Wet-jet Pads

So, have you noticed how expensive Swiffer Wet-jet Pads are?? Not to mention the added waste that ends up in the landfills. I LOVE my Swiffer, but I needed a cheaper and more earth friendly alternative (read here about the huge trash swirl). I needed something thick and absorbant and something with some texture to make the pads. So I found these at our local Ross store:


They are 12x12 microfiber cloths. Since the microfiber doesn't fray, I just cut them into thirds.

This resulted in three pads that were slightly smaller than my Wet-jet surface. When I used them, it seemed to work out well. However, next time I might just cut the cloth in half to make them a little bigger.

These are great because they stick to the velcro on the bottom of the Swiffer very well and are quite absorbent. When I'm done with them, they go in the bucket with all my other dirty cleaning rags and get washed along with them. Easy! It is very simple step to being more frugal and green.

In tomarrow's post, I'll tell you how to refill your used Swiffer solution bottle with your own homemade cleaning solution!


  1. Loved this idea. The velcro on the bottom of my Wet Jet isn't very sticky, though. I might apply some more of the self-adhesive kind.

    I did find if I pressed REALLY hard on it, though, it worked great!

  2. Thanks Cathy! I haven't had any trouble with my velcro yet, but my Wet Jet is ANCIENT (they might have used a different velcro or something on the old ones). Also, I use the really thick microfiber cloths so that might make a difference too - not sure. Let me know how it works with the new velcro!

  3. I've e-mailed swiffer about making washable pads. I was googling how to make homemade ones and found this blog. Unfortunately we don't have a Ross around here. This town is so tiny, we have a Walmart and that's about it. Anyway, thanks for the idea and I may even try the cleaning solution recipe too.