Thursday, May 30, 2019

Cool thoughts

This was published almost 11 years ago, and guess what? It's exactly what is happening today! For those of you so lucky, here are some tips on how to keep your house cool .

Keep your home cooler this summer

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How to Make a Reuseable "swiffer" Pad

I finally gave up and bought a Swiffer mop thing. I love my old rag mop but there are times when I just don't have the energy to mop like that. So, I bought one of those units that you can put the disposable mop pads on. It made cleaning the floor easier and faster. I bought a box of generic pads at Big Lots and cringed a little but thought I wouldn't use it all the time, so maybe,..

Nah. My frugal nature won't let me. I have one pad left and I just can't  make myself buy more pads to be thrown out after one use.

I made a washable Swiffer mop pad from an old hand towel that was pretty much see-through on the ends, but the middle was still good. I cut the pad generously and it worked out very well. I will make several more to have on hand.

Here are the exact direcetion.

Materials needed:

  • Terry cloth or other soft, thick and absorbant material
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle and thread

Cut a piece of material 10 by 9 1/2 inches, then cut another piece 4 1/2 by 9 inches. Put the smaller piece in the center of the larger one and sew it down on all four sides. With a machine, run a zigzag stitch around the entire outer edge of the larger piece.

If you're sewing by hand, you can turn a narrow hem or you can blanket stitch around it.

That's all there is to it.

The piece you added to the middle is on the wrong side, so use it inside the pad when you put it on just like the disposable pads. When you're though, take it off and toss it in the wash.