I have to admit – this was a “Duh! Why didn’t I think of this sooner” thing.
I love my generic “Swiffer” Dry Mop but spending money on throw away cloths, even generic, was getting to be a hard pill especially since my son likes to “Swiffer” every chance I’ll let him.
(Notice that we clean before we brush hair – I’m actually not sure why he’s not still in his ‘jammies.)
Then one day last week it hit me……make your own! I contemplated what type of cloth or fabric I should use but I didn’t give it much more thought.
Then, Kate aka Modern Alternative Mama posted about her hand-made mop pads and I was inspired! (Thanks Kate!).
In 10 minutes I made 5 dry cloths with nothing more than a kitchen towel, a microfiber cloth, a maker, scissors and a coloring book (you’ll see). It will take me longer to finish writing this post than it did to make get the project done.
First, I wanted to have a fabric that would hold dirt – a plain cotton t-shirt would not have done well. Kate’s post reminded me that I have some micro-fiber cloths for dusting (wait, what’s dusting again) that never get used. One cloth cut in half made 2 cleaning cloths that fit perfectly on the mop.
Next, I found a waffled kitchen towel. I lined it up with the last of my store-bought cloths. Tripled folding worked great and it made the last three cloths.
It was close to not being enough fabric so I had to be sure I cut straight lines. I grabbed a permanent marker and a coloring book so I could draw a straight line. (I told you you’d find out about the coloring book. It was merely my lack of energy to go up the stairs for a ruler).
Next I trimmed off some of the length.
And there you have it, 10 minutes, 5 cloths.
The new, reusable, washable cloths work great. As you can see, I ran it though my unvacuumed kitchen and living room and picked up a considerable amount of hair and dirt.
I originally titled this “No Sew Homemade Dry Mop Cloths” however with the waffle type fabric some sewing is required. I washed this cloth that you see above and the cut edges frayed. Unlike a synthetic fabric you cannot melt the edges to keep it from fraying (it’s cotton, so it just burns and well, burns).
I don’t have a sewing machine so I’m going to do a quick hand stitch up the cut sides. It will be a perfect little “keep-me-from-eating-too-much-crackers-and-dip-while-watching-the-race” activity when we watch the Daytona 500 in a few weeks. :-)
Of course, if you have a sewing machine (and know what you’re doing) this will take you less than 10 minutes more I’m sure.
Happy “Swiffering” and Until Next Time,