Genius Swiffer Hacks

Genius Swiffer Hacks

(How to have clean floors without really trying)

You probably already have one, but if you don’t, you either have dirty floors or you’re doing it the hard way! We bought our first Swiffer in 2000, almost a year after they first came out. I resisted getting one at first because frankly, that lime green is an eyesore, but after damp-mopping my way though Y2K, I succumbed, bought the Swiffer and never looked back! Nobody likes to sweep or mop, we all mostly love clean floors, so you have to admit that a disposable cloth at the end of a swivel stick is pure genius. Having said that, the venerable Swiffer has some drawbacks (besides the tacky lime green). Those cloths are super wasteful, they’re expensive and since they’ve added Febreze “scent” to everything, they are almost too nauseating to use.

DON’T BE WET: Of course I bought the “Wet-Jet” when it first came out. Actually, I bought two. The handle of the first broke within a month and the second one broke when I tried to remove the floor cleaner bottle to attempt to refill it with better floor cleaner. They make it nearly impossible because they want you to buy their nasty chemical version. That’s when I realized that:

1. The Wet Wipes work with the Original Swiffer Sweeper stick. And…

2. You don’t need the Wet Wipes anyway!

Here’s how we hack it:

FLIP IT UP AND REVERSE IT: I always sweep with a dry cloth before using floor cleaner. Once you make that first hairy pass on your floors, you can remove the sweeper cloth, shake the loose stuff into the bin and then use the other side. Both sides of the Swiffer Sweeper cloth work to attract dust and hair, so why not use both? This trick works on the Swiffer Wet refill pads, too. Congratulations! You just doubled your refills.

GET GENERIC: You can pick up both dry and wet versions of the disposable cloths to fit your Swiffer Sweeper stick. Search for “Wet Sweeper Cloths” from the dollar store or Amazon. The biggest plus for me is that they are UNSCENTED. They’re also far less expensive than the Swiffer branded versions. We buy these in bulk and store them in a bamboo caddy.

THE REUSABLE OPTION: You can wrap pretty much anything onto a Swiffer sweeper head. If you can’t poke your fabric into the little plastic keepers, get a couple of bull clips to secure it at the top. Sometimes, I use a stray sock, old cloth diapers or a really dingy dishtowel, shake them out and rewash them. Or toss.

BUY SOME MICROFIBER CLOTHS: I personally don’t like them, but you can get those super durable Microfiber cloths and reuse them ad nauseam. They are especially good for dusting down TV screens and electronics, apparently.

BOTTOM LINE? I love my Swiffer, but not the disposable wipes or cheap synthetic fragrance situation. For my floors, I like to sweep first with a generic, disposable cloth and then damp mop once a week by spraying the floor with a good, plant-based cleaner and a piece of washable fabric, or another disposable generic duster. #cleaniseasy

Happy Swiffering!