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DIY Swiffer Pads

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Swiffer wet pads are expensive and some would consider them to be a little wasteful. Even with a coupon, you could still pay close to $4 for each refill pack that will only last you about a month (depending on how often you clean), and after just one use they’re in the trash. Now, you can make your own homemade “Swiffer” pads for a fraction of the cost, without using harsh chemicals, and the pads are reusable so you can wash and use them again and again. Here are no-sew DIY Swiffer Pads that will clean your home just as well as the brand name ones, without the harsh chemicals, and can be made in only just five minutes!

Ingredients for solution:

Supplies for Swiffer Pads

  • Microfiber dish towel
  • Empty container or large ziplock bag

Start by pouring the water and vinegar into a large ziplock bag or an empty container. Next, add 10 drops of lemon essential oil. To hear more about my favorite essential oils you can read more here. Place your cleaning rags into the solution one at a time. The cleaning rags should soak up most of the solution leaving only a little liquid remaining. If you are using a container, make sure the lid is on tight, if you are using a ziplock bag make sure it is zipped shut.

To use your homemade swiffer pad, simply attach your rag to the mop just as you would a regular Swiffer pad. Feel free to flip it over when one side gets dirty. To clean your rag, just throw it in the washer with your other cleaning rags.

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  1. Question:
    You don’t say how many microfiber dish towels to use when making the DIY swifter pads?!?!?! This is for a relative, so I have no idea how many to tell her to add to the zippy bag or empty container.

    1. Hi Christine, 2-3 towels will soak up most of the liquid which is what you want. Have her start with 1-2 and if there’s too much liquid left over throw in another. You want a little fluid left in the bag to keep them moist. Hope this helps 🙂

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