Meg and I were goofing around while taking this picture of me and my neat mop. Oh man, but now all I can think about is Angelina Jolie's leg coming out of her dress! She must have seen my blog and wanted to pose just like me because it's so "cool" ;) LOL!
Yes! I don't have to buy anymore Swiffer WetJet refill pads and throw them away when I'm done! That equals more cash in my pocket! Here's what you need to make your own reusable/washable Swiffer mop pad.
1 package of Gerber padded cloth diapers
(2) 9" strips of sew-on Velcro per pad. Just the soft side.
Sewing machine, pins, and thread
Scissors and measuring tape
Lay out your padded cloth diaper like so
Fold down the top 3rd portion
Fold up the bottom 3rd portion and pin down
Fold in half and cut on the fold line
You get two reusable Swiffer pads per cloth diaper!
Get your 9" strips of the soft side of the velcro
Measure 1" from the edge of the cloth diaper and pin on your strips of velcro
Make sure that with the other piece of velcro you pin it on top of the edge of cloth diaper that was folded over. You don't want the pad to have any flappy parts. This will secure the edge down as well as cover it up making it look a little better.
Here's what it looks like pinned
*I only used blue thread so you could clearly see what I did
Serge the raw edge and then secure the velcro to the pad using a zigzag stitch down each side
Stick it onto the Swiffer and mop till your hearts desire
*Notice that the pad is a little shorter in width than the actual mop. It really makes NO difference at all having it a bit shorter. It just has to be a little shorter if you want to be able to make two pads from one cloth diaper.
Look how shiny my floors are!!! I actually prefer the way the cloth pad feels as you push it along the floor. It's glides more smoothly than the disposable Swiffer pads.
So if any of you care, I calculated the cost difference to see if this method actually saves money. Each disposable Swiffer pad costs .50, so basically you could buy a package of 24 for about $12. One package of cloth diapers (there are six in a package) is around $6. Because you get 2 pads out of each cloth diaper, you actually get a total of 12 reusable pads, which makes them cost .50 each. So the cost is even at this point! In fact you have to buy some velcro to make your reusable pad, so actually it costs a tiny bit more at this point to make your own. But the kicker is that you can reuse these babies probably for the rest of your life! Just throw them in the washing machine. So it totally saves you money in the long run. Hey, it's also "green" since you aren't throwing away disposable pads after every use. So I think it's well worth it!
Guess what else... you can also refill the swifter solution with your own cleaning supplies. Here is the tutorial.