Homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns

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Who doesn’t hate paying money for swiffer cloths that you just end up throwing out? Here are a few ideas, tutorials and patterns for making reusable ones from fabric plus a bunch of knit and crochet designs to make your own…

  • Tip: Use old flannel diapers, jogging fleece, flannel remnants, recycle old t-shirts, towels or baby receiving blankets and cut them down to fit–just leave excess to push into top holders. Rinse then launder.

Knitting

greenmountainmama.blogspot.ca

greenmountainmama.blogspot.ca

Cozy: Knit in the ballband and recommends using a superwash wool. Buttoned tabs hold it together.

Ball Band: Made with worsted weight cotton yarn in two colors, holds in place with ties.

hakucho.blogspot.ca

hakucho.blogspot.ca

skullcharms.blogspot.ca

skullcharms.blogspot.ca

Reusable With Side Pockets: This features side pockets to slip over the mop head. Knit with varigated & solid kitchen cotton remnants.

MD Cover: Made with two different colors of cotton yarn with side pockets at each end to slip over mop head.

missscarlett.wordpress.com

missscarlett.wordpress.com

ddrbroderick.blogspot.ca

ddrbroderick.blogspot.ca

For The Wet Jet: Ballband design and is held in place with ties around the handle base.

Zoom (pdf): This is 100% cotton, machine washable and knits up in less than a day. There is minimal shrinkage when washed and it stretches to mold to your mop.

By Knit Playground

By Knit Playground

kansasa.blogspot.ca

kansasa.blogspot.ca

Kansas A’s: Loom knit, side pockets to slip over ends. Available via pdf download.

Buttoned: Suggests using wool or acrylic yarn since cotton tends to get sticky when wet.

needyl.com

needyl.com

Crochet

craftstylish.com

craftstylish.com

Reversible Sock: This design can be used as a duster (ruffly side), mopper (smooth side), and fits right over your sweeper.

Mary Jane: Features straps across the top to hold securely in place.

innerchildcrochet.com

innerchildcrochet.com

naturalliving.livejournal.com

naturalliving.livejournal.com

Buttoned: Quick and easy made with 100% cotton yarn and a size I hook.

Sewing

instructables.com

instructables.com

Mop Pad: Sew a reusable pad with old t-shirts and a wool blanket.

New & Improved (not a How-To but you can see at a glance how to make them)

flickr.com/photos/merwing/

flickr.com/photos/merwing/

berlinswhimsy.typepad.com

berlinswhimsy.typepad.com

Terry: Made with terry and fastened in place with buttons.

Diaper Flannel Refills: Made with diaper flannel, can also use kitchen hand towels.

flitterbugsblog.blogspot.ca

flitterbugsblog.blogspot.ca

lookmanopatterns.blogspot.ca

lookmanopatterns.blogspot.ca

Terry & Velcro: Made with terry and fastened with strips of velcro.

More Goodies To Check Out

flickr.com/photos/merwing/

flickr.com/photos/merwing/

Micro Fiber Strips: Handwritten diagram instructions and uses a micro fiber for the strips of fabric.

Reusable Duster: Made with strips of flannel, reuses a handle.

sew-much-ado.com

sew-much-ado.com

tipnut.com

tipnut.com

DIY: Pretreated Rags: Made with hot water, lemon oil and fabric squares such as flannel or cheesecloth.

How To Remove The Cap On A Wet-Jet Cleaner Bottle: So you can refill it to use again and again.

instructables.com

instructables.com

graymattersmd.blogspot.ca

graymattersmd.blogspot.ca

Use Socks: Perfect alternative if you’re not into crafting one yourself, just use old socks!

T-Shirt Loops: 1″ strips are cut from an old t-shirt then stretched to form the yarn, worked on DPNs to make this top.

verdigrisknits.com

verdigrisknits.com

I have come across mentions of people actually washing those they’ve purchased and reusing a handful of times before throwing out. Also check out this showdown, she tests the free Zoom knit design against the Ballband design to see which homemade version works best. Which one wins the competition? …

Both knit up quickly and easily. Both also have excellent stashbusting qualities and better-than-expected cleaning capabilities. However, the Zoom outperformed the Ballband in all areas, making it the clear and more effective winner. And prettier. Heee.

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Published: January 18, 2007
Updated: September 11, 2012

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32 Comments to “Homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns”
  1. Kat says:

    I just go to the nearest discount store, or discount dept. store, and buy a pack of white washcloths. I’m not into sewing, and the smaller cloths fit the swiffer without any work on my part (I’m also not into working hard!). I think the terry cloth does a very good job of dry AND wel mopping.

  2. Kimmie says:

    OHHH, thanks, simple and clever. I’ll put my scraps to work and clean out the “save for another knitting day” project. Yeah, cleaning all the way around!

    hugs to you;

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted
    *and now off to adopt to Ethiopia!

  3. Cathy says:

    Use your scrap pieces of polar fleece in your swiffers. I have a dog and a cat and the fleece grabs pet hair like a vacuum cleaner. I found that it cleaned much better than the swiffer cloths. then throw in the washer and dryer. Fleece doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about threads. If you have only small pieces, sew them together with a zig zag stitch on your machine or by hand to make them big enough to fit.

  4. Lisa says:

    I use the swiffer cloths because they hold the dust better than just cloth by itself, and I can’t use a spray such as endust. Will fleece or terrycloth keep the dust on as well as the swiffer? Thanks.

  5. Karen Bean says:

    We have a laminated wood floor which has been very hard to clean. Seems whatever I use, it becomes sticky no matter how much I dry it or dulls the floor. When I read this tip I thought of using old wash cloths! Now when I want to clean the floor, I attach an old wash cloth to the Swifter head. It is just thin enough to stay in the push-in place. Viola!! Now when I clean my floors, they look much better and I don’t break my back.

    So, this idea stimulated another. That’s the way ideas should be. Thanks. Really appreciate this site and your tips. I used to write a column with tips in our church newpaper. Wish I knew you then!

  6. Lisa says:

    love this site! never thought of something reusable/washable for my swiffer… bonus is that I have a swiffer wetjet, so a terry shop towel would do just fine, again, and again, and again….
    :-)

  7. Kimberly says:

    I attach old used fabric softner sheets to the swifter and away I go. With 2 dogs and a cat- they pick up hair excellent!

  8. Deborah Bradford says:

    I still have not had the time to setup my website, but it is always on the list, it just keeps moving down to the end.
    I love this website, love it, luv it!
    But, I am an old woman, [tee-hee] and all this swiffer, swoofer, throw-away-make-it-easier stuff , that would have surely added another 20years to my life keeps getting all tangled up with ‘make it home made’, make it cheaper. I’m not complaining, I just thought maybe there is someone else out there who feels the same way, or wants me to be ‘boiled in oil.

    • Hattie says:

      Debbi I am a old woman but I still have foster children. They keep me going. Swwifter is not a priority here but they do make life easier
      Hope all is well in your world.
      Hattie Wilson
      Paramus NJ

    • Noreen S says:

      I find that it takes practice before it becomes a habit.
      They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. I am big on using old clothing, like T-shirts with holes that are not even suitable for bed anymore, for everything from cleaning to sanitizing really bad stuff! If I need to throw a cloth away after using it for ‘sanitizing’ I don’t feel bad one bit for tossing it, since I know it has been used until it expires. I have two cats, one who is not ‘all there’.
      I have used dryer sheets for dusting, never thought about using them for cleaning! What a great tip!

  9. Mars says:

    I crocheted one of these really fast. I never thought of doing this. I added a couple of rows of netting slip stitched on one end for extra scrubbing. This works great!! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  10. Gloria says:

    I would love to use the homemade Swiffer covers. One BIG problem is that I don’t knit or sew. Is anyone willing to sell some of theirs? I am sure I’ll still save money rather than buying the commercial ones. Thanks for your help.

  11. TipNut says:

    Hi Gloria, check out Etsy and browse through the listings from various sellers, I’ve got the link here for search/swiffer covers: Etsy Swiffer Covers.

  12. Gloria says:

    Thanks for the info. Love, love, love Tipnuts! I just found you but have already learned incredible things in just a week. All the tips are priceless!

  13. Reid Reid says:

    Burnt food in pots

    My daughter threw out an expensive pan that she burnt food in. I tried this later on one of my own pots in desperation and voila clean pot.

    Squirt some dishwasher soap with a little pit of water. Boil and voila clean pot with no scrubbing.

    • Vida says:

      My great-grandma taught me that trick, except instead of dish soap she had me cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda then add about a 1/4-1/2 inch of water and boil away. Works well. I also use baking soda to scrub cast iron pans rather then soap. The baking soda soaks up grease and is gritty enough to scrub pans clean.

  14. Mary says:

    I adopted an old swiffer wet jet from a thrift shop (only a $1).

    I decided that I was going to make this frugally easy to maintain, instead of spending money like a drunken sailor on VJ day on it.

    I first picked up a few handy wipe microfiber shop towels (orange and/or green colored) from my nearest dollar tree. I also had some velcro on hand. You fold the cloth in half, then put velcro (the fuzzy stuff) on the back of the cloth. You are done and you now can attach it to your wet jet. If you don’t like velcro stuff, then I don’t see why you can’t use terrycloth washclothes/old terry cloth robes, etc.

    I did also buy a thing of swiffer solution so I am planning to refill that with cheap dollar store all purpose cleaner after the thing is empty. I have heard numerous things on how to refill it so I am going to try some of them and see how it goes.

  15. Michelle says:

    I ran across a swiffer pattern some time last year and did not write it down ugh!! I have been looking to it every since.

    Then I stumble upon your site. Wow!! You have so many links to choose from, thanks for listing these patterns. I love that you’ve combined so many wonderful ideas and patterns in one place!

    Thanks for the site!

  16. Dora Renee' Wilkerson says:

    I LOVE Kansas’s web site!

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  17. Vida says:

    This mop/swifter reusable cover is giving me some ideas. Think I will knit some in a plain garter stitch in some pretty colors and give them with a swifter as part of a wedding shower present. Maybe knit a few dust clothes to go with them and a storage bag to keep them all in. It would be a little extra to go with the towels I had plan to buy as requested on the bridal gift register. Neat idea. Think I will make myself a cover first and try it out.

  18. T. Sturgill says:

    I use the microfiber cleaning cloths which do a better job than the real swiffer cloths. I just poke it into the holes of my swiffer vac, when finished I just launder the cloth with my husbands dirty jeans.

  19. Becky Shively says:

    I use the Viva paper towels on my swifter and they work great,much cheaper than the swifter cloths

  20. Tracey says:

    I have the Swiffer sweeper vac and love it considering I have small children and no carpets in my house. I was purchasing a refil for the dry cloths that accompany the vac when I saw next to them on the same shelf the generic brand box of the same thing. Not only were they about $3 cheaper but the box had double the amount. I use them every single day, and depending on the dirt amount I will turn them over to use the other side. I buy one box of those once every 3 months or so. Very economical for an uncrafty person.

  21. betsy says:

    Free idea! Use quilt batting scraps for your swiffer. Find yourself someone who quilts or has a machine quilting business and ask for the batting scraps. Cut to size to fit your swiffer. You can wash and reuse. Also good for dusting.

  22. gloria says:

    I think that the Swiffer is a great invention !! I use it every day! However, I’m having my wook floor replaced and I was told by one the contractors, that swiffer sheets will leave the floor dull with residue.
    Does anyone know what has been put on the swiffer sheet that makes dust stick on the sheet?

  23. gloria says:

    oops,wood floor, not wook

  24. Bertie says:

    Has anyone tried making the alternate rows with Plastic Canvas Yarn? I made a crochet a dishcloth once with a back of Plastic Canvas Yarn (nylon). It was great for stuck-on food. Maybe I will try the swiffer cover

  25. joyce voss says:

    years ago we would tie an old pillowcase or rag to the broom and sweep away, cob webs, floor etc.

    • Shirley says:

      This was bringing me back to my grandmother’s house. I thought she put the old nylon stockings on the broom to keep the bristles from too much wear. If nit for frugality we would have all been poor!Love it!
      And thanks to the blogger for this wonderful site. I have so many ideas now. I had purchased 3 swiffer xp’s from a home depot on clearance for about 3 dollars each thinking Christmas gifts. Then I found that the covers were no longer being made. And the ones available are too costly. So, now I will be extra busy sewing. If I can get myself away from the computer!


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