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
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.