I've always been a fan of the 3 R's.
But when it comes to keeping the house clean, it is sometimes hard to feel like I'm helping the planet AND actually getting things clean.
I was amazed when i first got a swiffer. however, i quickly realized that the whole planet-saving goal was going straight out the window with each use.
So I began to experiment. I tried using wash cloths but they were a little small. Dishtowels were not absorbent enough...
A few with materials and designs later, I think I've come up with a good a reusable solution to my swiffer problem! Here is a short, quickly thrown-together tutorial I created.
1/2 yard of 100% cotton flannel (it will pick up the dust like a champ!)
Sewing machine with coordinating thread
* disclaimer: I am usually one who irons seams and fabric for a crisp, clean, even look. However, it is HOT right now and I made a judgement call. I do not iron my kitchen rags and towels, thus a few wrinkles and slightly uneven edges on this project would not compromise the effectiveness of the product. That being said, feel free to one-up me and iron between steps for said crisp, clean, even look. These make nice gifts too ;)
These cloths can be used dry to catch dust and some dirt. You can also spray the cloth with a bit of all purpose cleaner for to improve dirt collection. I have also used the cloths sans swiffer to do light dusting and scrubbing where a paper towel might previously been used. So many options! Now go, save the planet and live in a clean house!
**One more disclaimer: I know I am not the first to create a reusable cloth to be used
with a swiffer but the above images and measurements are my own creation.