Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Belated Earth Day Project, DIY Swiffer Mop Pads Tutorial

When I first got the Swiffer Mop I was in LOVE! It was so easy to use. No gross mop to keep stored in your closet or mop bucket to maneuver through the kitchen. Well, I WAS in love. It started to irk me how much the replacement pads and solution cost. Not to mention what it was doing to the environment. So I tried a few different materials so see what would stick to the mop without actually using velcro. Microfiber towels were by far the best option.

I headed to Target (where we lost a shoe, hers not mine) and found a 12 pack of microfiber towels in the car department on sale for $5.49, regularly $9.99!!!

I decided that I would use six for the Swiffer Mop and six for the Swiffer Vac.

For the Swiffer Mop pads I folded the towel in half and used a generous seam allowance. I left a 3 inch opening to turn the cloth right side out.

Turn right sides out, trim your seam allowance and poke your corners. Then I top stitched around the whole thing and sewed some lines down the middle to keep it from moving.

For the Swiffer Vac I traced a pad I already had. I placed it on the towel and added a 1 inch seam allowance.

I then folded all four edges over 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 and sewed. That's it!

Remember not to use fabric softener when drying these. It makes the "static" properties in the microfiber disappear. Also, don't iron them :):):) I figured up the cost and what I would save once I start making my own solution. This saves about $350 a year!!!

Just for fun, here's some pictures from Easter.

It was rainy here so we had an Egg Hunter wardrobe change :)

And I'm on my second batch of homemade yogurt and granola. It's just as good as the first time, mmmmmm mmmmmm!


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