Monday, December 14, 2009

Make Your Own Swiffer Refills and Save Money!

My daughter is crawling all over the place now, so I am constantly cleaning my floors, which are almost entirely laminate.  I love using my Swiffer because it is convenient, quick, and can get in hard to reach places, but the refills are really expensive to buy all the time!  Even the generic replacement costs add up so I decided to make my own.  I use a mixture of vinegar and water as a cleaning agent because it is non-toxic and therefore baby safe!  They are incredibly easy to make, and work great.  This is all you do:

  1. Cut up old baby receiving blankets into 1/8's.
  2. Fill a clean spray bottle with a mixture of half water and half distilled white vinegar.
  3. Attach the cut up blanket to the Swiffer just like you would an actual Swiffer refill.
  4. Spray it with enough solution to get it damp, and you are ready to clean!
  5. You can even keep the blanket dry, and it works like a dry Swiffer refill. 
If you do a cost comparison, this is a no brainer. Swiffer refills cost at least $3.99 (even on sale) and last me only about one week. The bottle of vinegar cast me around 99¢ and will last at least a month for both my floors and counter tops.  Of course, the smell isn't as nice, but it evaporates quickly, cleans as well, and is baby and environmentally friendly! 

For more tips on saving money on your household cleaning read more here.


sandy said...

Now that is a great tip! Especially since I am always running out of those! Thanks!

Welcome to SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

That's an awesome tip. GOing to have to try that since I own a Swiffer! Just stopping over from SITS to welcome you aboard. Have a great day.

Taylor at Household Management 101 said...

What a great money saver. Thanks for the instructions!

Noemi said...

I spend 1 cent using Basic-H2 1TBS in 1gallon water fill in spray bottle to mop my floor with cloth. I been using my basic-H for anything for Oven, cleaning window, car wash and bathroom also Wash wall where my son accident cranyon on wall and it clean right away.
I have basic-h2 for over 1yrs and still have plenty left. look for Basic-H2

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