08 April 2013

Use cloth diapers as reusable Swiffer Sweeper pads

At Amazon: Gerber 4 Pack Prefold Birdseye Diapers
At Amazon: Gerber 4 Pack Prefold Birdseye Diapers
The Swiffer Sweeper hit the stores right around the time my son was crawling, and I LOVED it. It made the constant job of cleaning the floor a lot easier.

What I didn't love was buying the expensive and wasteful refill pads.

Katherine's found a quick, reusable Swiffer pad replacement that you can throw in the washing machine and keep using for years:

Gerber prefold cloth diapers fit perfectly onto a swiffer sweeper, so you can use them instead of the expensive disposable sweeper wipes (although they're really awful as actual diapers). 

Bonus for not having strong synthetic fragrances on the floor, which my kid eats off of if I don't watch her!

You can also cut up old, stained dishtowels and use them as Swiffer pads.

For quick floor cleaning, I use highly diluted all-purpose cleaner (my favorite is Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day in Lavender...the smell is lovely and non-toxic).

Anyone else have a reusable Swiffer pad idea?

Also: "Swiffering" the floor is a great "first chore" for toddlers.

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Microfiber cloths are even better as they hold dust and grime really well. Ours are also cloth diaper inserts, but if you don't have cloth diapers, you can buy microfiber towels meant for kitchen use, cleaning, or car-washing and cut them to size. We cut up the large inserts and they haven't frayed or shed in years that we've been using them. We also use them instead of paper towels in the kitchen.

Microfiber cloths are even better as they hold dust and grime really well. Ours are also cloth diaper inserts, but if you don't have cloth diapers, you can buy microfiber towels meant for kitchen use, cleaning, or car-washing and cut them to size. We cut up the large inserts and they haven't frayed or shed in years that we've been using them. We also use them instead of paper towels in the kitchen.

As Jen noted we use microfiber for all sort of cleaning. We also bought a generic Swiffer style mop with reusable microfiber pads. The nice thing about this is we can mix up our own non-toxic cleaning solution which is vinegar, water, dish soap and borax.

Have never tried using microfibers like Jen said but it does sound like a great option that I might try in the future. I have used old dish towels as swiffer pads before...

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