In this quick and easy tutorial, you’re going to learn How To Make Reusable Swiffer Pads. Why spend a ton of money at the store buying things that you don’t need when you can easily make your own instead? Being able to wash and use them, again and again, is such a huge perk and a great way to save money. Plus you can use your own cleanign solutions as well. Put to use the sewing tutorial below of how to make reusable Swiffer pads.
Using these reusable swiffer pads is a super effective (and environmentally-friendly) way to clean your floors fast. This washable Swiffer pad is such an easy sewing project! If you have hardwood floors like me, you can spend a fortune on cleaning pads. We love bringing you sewing projects that can save you money and help make your home more efficient. The thing I think I love most about these pads is you can bleach them in the wash and use it for cleaning the floor with a bleach mixture.
While these could be made from other fabrics such as flannel, we went with a white terry cloth fabric. I love the way terry cloth wipes things up and as I said before, with these being white, they can be bleached.
What You’ll Need:
- Rotary Mat & Cutter
- White Terry Cloth Fabric (you only need enough for an 11″ x 12″ piece)
- Sewing Machine
- White Thread
- Sewing Clips or Pins
How To Make Reusable Swiffer Pads
Start by cutting the fabric to size. You need to cut it to be 11″ x 12″. This will give you the best size to fit your swiffer mop head.
Starting on the 11-inch sides, fold the edge over by 1/4 inch. Then fold that fold over again by 1/4 inch and clip or pin in place. Do the same to the other 11-inch side like the photo above.
Now it’s time to sew this reusable swiffer pad! Starting about 1/4 inch down, sew down the side using a zig-zag stitch. For me, that meant I set my sewing machine on number 3. Sew down the side right where the folded fabric meets the rest of the fabric. Do a backstitch at the start and finish and stop about 1/4 inch from the end. Do the same on the other 11-inch side.
Now we need to pin the 12-inch side. This is folded just the same by folding over 1/4 inch fold then folding 1/4 inch again. Pin both sides to hold then down.
To sew the last two sides, it is much the same as the first. However, this time we will sew all the way to the edges. You may need to lift the foot to sew the end edges as they can be a little thick and hard to go over, but it can be done. I do find it a little easier when starting the side to start just past that corner then back over that thick part.
And that’s it! You’re done with your reusable swiffer pad! Simply repeat the steps to make more. I like to have 4-5 of these pads on hand so that way I am ready for spills even if I have a few pads in the wash.
How do you wash these reusable Swiffer pads?
You can literally wash these just like you would any towel or washcloth. I’d recommend washing them separately from your clothes or towels just because you’re literally wiping up the grime and dirt off the floor with them. Washing these in hot water is always a good idea to really kill and get rid of the germs.
Can you dry these washable swiffer pads in the dryer?
You can. It’s really just like washing an old washcloth. Add in your favorite detergent, wash it in hot water, and throw it in the dryer when it’s done. You might want to add in some bleach as well if it’s starting to get discolored or stained.
How many reusable pads should you have on hand?
This is going to be entirely up to you. I would recommend having at least 3-4 so that you can switch them out and use them easily without having to worry about washing them right away. Plus, there are times where you might have a bigger area to clean that requires a couple to get the job done. The more that you can make up and have on hand, the less that you’re going to have to worry about it in the future.
Why use reusable Swiffer pads over store-bought ones?
Even though I’m all about convenience, there is something to be said for using reusable swiffer pads over and over again. Not only will it save you a ton of money in the long run, but it’s a great way to stop polluting the Earth as well. The less trash that you’re putting into the landfills, the better.
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- Start by cutting the fabric to size. You need to cut it to be 11" x 12".
- Starting on the 11-inch sides, fold the edge over by 1/4 inch. Then fold that fold over again by 1/4 inch and clip or pin in place.
- Do the same to the other 11-inch side.
- Starting about 1/4 inch down, sew down the side using a zig-zag stitch.
- Do a backstitch at the start and finish and stop about 1/4 inch from the end.
- Do the same on the other 11-inch side.
- Fold the 12" side just the same with a 1/4 inch fold then fold 1/4 inch again. Pin both sides.
- To sew the last two sides sew all the way to the edges.
- Enjoy your reusable swiffer pad!
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