Friday, February 20, 2015

Squeaky Clean (Pattern + Recipe!)

I had never used a Swiffer Sweeper until I moved into my first apartment. My roommate had one, along with the lavender-vanilla scented wet pads. We "swiffered" every night. While I appreciated the squeaky clean floors, I'm so scent sensitive (scentsitive?) that I found the artificial fragrances totally overpowering. Sadly, the wet pads don't come in unscented :( To add to my scent concerns, I wasn't keen on chucking a plastic pad away every day. Also, the refill pads are pricey! A single one costs between $0.86 and $1.00. If you clean up daily like I do, that adds up to over $300 a year, not to mention the daily landfill waste, and the sickly fake scent. No thanks!

I was resigned to wet-mop for the rest of my life. Or just skip it. Wet mops are gross.

Never one to let a challenge get in my way, I put my thinking cap on. After all, I really liked how convenient the Swiffer was. It's easy to store, lightweight, flexible, and easy to keep clean. No more germy, grimy mop heads or linty brooms. Just a quick sweep, fold it away in the corner, and forget about it.

So I stuck it to the fake-scented, landfill filling man and knitted some cotton Swiffer pads. They're economical, environmentally friendly, and fragrance free.

And I'm sharing my stick-it-to-the-man plan with you! Keep reading for a pattern and a DIY all-natural hardwood floor cleaner recipe!

Knitted Swiffer Sweeper Pads
-50g worsted weight cotton yarn
-Size 8 straight needles
-Tapestry needle

Cast on 20 stitches. Knit every row (garter stitch) until the piece measures 15 inches in length from cast-on edge. Bind off. Fold each end (length-wise) in three inches. Sew the sides down. Slip onto your Swiffer and swiff away!

You'll notice that the pads fit tightly onto your Swiffer. You want this! Once the pads are wet, they will start to stretch out (just like a cotton garment would do if you wore it into the pool). A tight fit means that the pads won't slip around and fall off while you are mopping with them.

These pads will fit the regular Swiffer Sweeper and the 25x10x16 Muji flooring mop.

I use my mop pads with this simple, natural floor cleaner:

Natural Floor Cleaner
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-8 cups (1/2 gallon) warm water
-A few drops essential oil. I like to use grapefruit and mint. Try Aura Cacia, doTerra, or Muji for some great blends if you're not sure where to start.

After I've finished mopping, I rinse the pad in my kitchen sink, squeeze it out, and toss it in a bucket with my other cleaning towels to be washed.


  1. What a fantastic idea. And I think it is good that you went with darker colors. I did something similar with my swiffer and I used a white fabric. It was not long before the fabric was this horrible grey and brown color. That was really what I did not like about it and it did not fit so great.

    Frank George @ Dutch Hollow Supplies

  2. This is so incredibly resourceful. I absolutely love it. I love the swifter and I find it so much easier to use than anything else but I have not enjoyed how wasteful it feels. And I also do not like buying those pads because they really do add up after a year of mopping. Thanks again for putting this up.

    German Zollinger @ Total Clean Equip

  3. Those colors of the cleaning rugs are amazing, my wife would love those and so would my girl's. They love to get new stuff for the home and I think this would be a very cool new addition to the house. Keep writing these blogs and sharing this with us as it keeps me really interested, great work, well done.

    Rudy Swanson @ Haaker Equipment Company