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.


  1. Hi Pat. You came up with a great idea and I must try this method. I am very frugal at home and trying ways not to purchase if I can help it. I have Swiffer mop and I don't buy the extras in the store. I wrap an old cloth around the Swiffer and away I go arthritis and all. This is a great idea what you came up with. Thank you.

    1. I tried to wrap a cloth around mine and it kept coming off! That's why I decided to make pads that fit like the originals. What's your secret to keeping them on?

  2. Pat,
    I was delighted to see another post from you! Thank you for sharing your idea!
    In my house, on the hardwood floors which need "dust mopping" daily (since I have a cat and a dog!!!), I use an idea similar to yours for the wet mopping. Found a sort of fleecy type fabric on clearance once and cut it into pads much like yours. They are GREAT to grab up lint and hair and such from dry floor surfaces. After using a fresh one daily, I walk outside to shake off the excess then toss it into the laundry basket. What a help this is!
    Thank you for your idea for the other area that require that wet mopping!
    Blessings on you,
    Pam, Knoxville

    1. That's a great idea! I have an old fashioned dust mop with a washable cover which came all apart. They don't sell them any more. so I will have to see if I can find material that would work the way you did it!