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Spring Cleaning Made Greener With Washable Swiffer Covers

April 16, 2012

Who loves to clean? NOT ME.

Just the same, it has to get done once in a while. For me, that means it has to happen when company's coming. Please don't judge me.

Because I'm a little hit or miss in my cleaning, I sometimes find myself without the supplies I should have on hand ... usually in the middle of the night, when I finally get my rear in gear. That means that many stores are closed, and I'm probably too lazy to venture out to the ones that are open. Sewing machine and scraps to the rescue!

First off, I made a cover for my Swiffer duster. The first sample is made with my old standby fabric -- a t-shirt from the scrap bag!

First, I laid out a fabric rectangle roughly 10 inches square and three layers of fabric thick with the Swiffer's duster arm on top, and outlined the arm with a fabric marking pen.


Without the Swiffer on top, this is what the marking looks like:


I stitched right over my marks, and then testing the fit on the Swiffer. You want to make sure that it slides on easily, but is tight enough that it won't fly off while you're dusting.


Next, I cut the cover into a fringe.


I also rounded out the top corners of my duster.


Once all the fringe was cut, I felt like it was a little long.


So I trimmed it all off by about 2 inches.


I immediately decided I wanted another one out of fleece. If you've ever pulled fleece fresh from the dryer, you know it can carry some major static. In this case, that's a good thing. Static attracts dust!


As you can see, my fleece Swiffer cover picked up a boatload of dust on its maiden voyage. (Please don't judge the amount of dust I had handy for testing purposes.)


Next on my cleaning checklist: mopping (yerg).

For this recycled cleaning wonder, I started with a towel that was no longer fit for its original use. First, I set the mop on top of my trashed towel and traced it using a Sharpie. The fabric marker wasn't working fantastically with the heavy texture on the towel. If you're really reluctant to ditch a towel, just a little bit of terry cloth will work fantastically.


Here's the outline without the mop in the way:


Next, I cut around my outline, leaving roughly 3/8 of an inch around the outside.


Next, I used the towel as a pattern piece to cut a matching piece of fleece.



I stitched through both layers, just outside the marker line. Here's the fleece side after stitching:


Next, I drew a rounded shape for my cutout area on the fleece, leaving several inches on each end of the cover.


I cut along my marker line, being careful to only clip the fleece layer. This revealed my gross stained towel underneath. Yay?


Next, I flipped it right side out, and stretched it over my mop! The stretching is why you use fleece for the top layer instead of another layer of towel. It has enough give to go over the shape of the mop, but keeps everything taut while you're cruising along the kitchen floor.


Here's my Wet Jet mop in action!


And here it is, covered in glorp!


If you like to dry mop, an all-fleece version is perfect.

Now that I'm all equipped with custom, reusable, washable cleaning covers, I'll admit that I'm slightly more enthusiastic about chores. Slightly. I think I mostly get excited by the fact that it's a great recycling project that makes actual use of things that would otherwise be trash. AND it will save on cleaning as well, which is a huge win. (Seriously, who wants to spend money on disposable cleaning supplies when that money could go to new fabric?) This is also a quick-as-a-wink pair to whip up -- less than 30 minutes and you're ready to clean like a pro. These could also be made into housewarming gifts in custom colors. Just make sure you also give the recipient something cozy and maybe delicious -- it can't ALL be cleaning supplies!

Happy spring cleaning!

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This page contains a single entry by Holly Frey published on April 16, 2012 9:34 PM.

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