"green" swiffer - works for me

A while ago I posted about using some 4-0 mine for our household cleaning. I happened to be using a diluted dishwasher soap recipe at the time and it did leave a little film. I recently picked up this recipe card at Whole Foods and really like the cleaner it makes. It smells good and doesn't require a rinse. I use it on the floor, too!
Speaking of the floor, I love my Swiffer but hated how expensive the pads were and the thought of my daughter (then) crawling all over the floor after I used their liquid. I had the idea to cut a hole in the bottom of their bottle and fill it with my own mix...works great! It does slosh out a little so you have to plug it up. In this photo I have a cloth stuck in it...we've had tape over the hole, too. (so professional around here!) haha.

Another neat & super easy fix for the Swiffer is to cut your own pads from fabric. I've seen people sew different cloth pads but I just cut some larger pieces of microfiber and am using those. I was going to serge the edges but they are not unraveling yet, even after quite a few uses. The grippy stuff on the bottom of the Swiffer really clings to the microfiber so it doesn't slide around even without being fastenend.



I love that these easy changes have allowed me to still have the convenience of the Swiffer without having to feel bad about the chemical & disposable aspects of it. And, I almost forgot...it's a LOT cheaper, too!


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  1. Great idea to cut the whole in the bottle. I knew there had to be a way to refill it with out buying another refill. Thanks!

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  2. I should get one of those. I have the regular swiffer that you just attach the pads to and it's the ONLY non-green cleaning item in my home. I can't give it up, though, I love it too much! I keep thinking, why doesn't Seventh Generation make some pads to put on the swiffer?

    Maybe I should get some microfiber cloth and see if I can use those on it, instead. Hmmmm. Great idea, Steph!

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  3. Ahhh... a microfiber cloth! I've been wondering what I can use instead of the regular Swiffer refills. Great tip!

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  4. Yay! I'm glad you guys liked it. :)

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  5. I'm new to the crafty sorts of things - how much is microfiber (generally)? Could you useanythign else too? And, do you just throw them in the wash when you are done?

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  6. I should have added that, Beth. Thanks for asking. :) I got a big bag of microfiber "rags" in the Wal Mart automotive dept for $4. They are a generous size (one rag got me 4 swiffer pads) and all had finished edges...not sure why they were rags. Pretty colors, too! I've also seen microfiber cloths at the $1 store. Hope that helps!

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  7. I haven't tried it yet but I read recently that you CAN wash and reuse those Swiffer cloths..wouldn't that be nice if it's true?

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  8. I refill my Swiffer solution, too. But instead of cutting a hole in the bottle, I just cut the ring that holds the lid on the solution. It's like on a 2 liter bottle when the ring separates to open. Just carefully cut the ring and you can refill to your heart's content!
    Elizabeth

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  9. Kasi @ Reynlds RapThu Jul 12, 03:38:00 PM

    On those regular swiffers, you can use a bigger microfiber cloth and tuck it into the corners on the top of the swiffer. I used to do that and then broke down and bought one of those Orange Glo ones with washable microfiber pads.

    I have a recipe almost like the one you've shown, but instead of dishwashing liquid, I use Castile soap ~ no bad ingredients. I don't use lemon juice, but I do add tea tree oil and or lavender or grapefruit essential oils...Or what ever smell I'm wanting at the moment!

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  10. Great idea! The "dispose everything" factor of Swiffers is what has kept me from buying one. I can get on board with these eco-friendly modifications. :)

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  11. I've just read this post. I'm wondering how difficult to make a diluted dishwasher soap. Could anyone post it here, please? I'd like to ad this recipe to my collection of soap recipes here. thanks.

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  12. My husband removed the cap of the Swiffer bottle by soaking it in very hot water about 30 seconds. There are teeth and a threads that hold the cap on. The teeth are weakened with repeated removal.

    The solution I use successfully consisted of Clorox Green Works all purpose solution (1/4) and water (3/4).

    It smells great and doesn't leave any film.

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