How to make your own Swiffer pads

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A lot of us are cleaning our laminated and wood floors with Swiffer's, but the pads are so expensive. Here are some ideas for some alternate pads and they are recyclable, too. Go Green!

  • Use an old pair of socks and pull them over the Swiffer. When they get dirty you can wash them in the washing machine. If a sock doesn't fit then make a slit from the top of the sock to about the middle of the foot, then slip them over.

  • Buy a package of high quality paper towels instead of Swiffer pads. They won't last as long, but they are very inexpensive.

  • Buy a package of bar towels and attach them to your Swiffer. They are 100% cotton, white and washable.

  • Wash and reuse your old Swiffer cloths. They are very durable and will survive a spin in the washing machine. Line dry them instead of using the dryer for the environment.

  • Got any left over disposable diapers? You can also find open packages of disposable diapers being sold at thrift stores.

  • Recycle your old wash cloth and wrap around your Swiffer.

  • Old clothes work well, too. If you have some that have holes or are stained that you wouldn't give to charity, then cut them up and put them on your Swifter. Flannel shirts are the best.

  • At a wonderful crafting website called etsy.com, you can buy homemade Swiffer pads of all types. Even knitted ones.

  • Speaking of knitting, if you know how to do it, you can make your own Swiffer pad. You can get the pattern off the label of a ball of Peaches & Creme.

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