So I came up with my own, reusable, washable pads made from microfiber cloths.
Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning, but I have found that they can be a little pricey too. The best deal that we found was at Costco where we got 36 of them for I think about $30. They were in the car care section and are meant for washing cars, but they are the same as the ones meant for household cleaning.
Swiffer Sweeper and Wet Jet Cloths
So here is what you need:
1- 16"x16" microfiber cloth
cutting mat and rotary cutter or fabric scissors
sewing machine or serger
2- 4" strips of 1/2" elastic (for wet jet cloth)
Be sure to measure your swiffer and wet jet to be sure that they are the same as mine before starting. They should all be the same, but I would hate for you to go through all the steps and have them not fit. For each 16"x16" cloth, you will be able to make 2 sweeper cloths and 1 wet jet cloth. The bottom of my sweeper measured 10"x4 1/2" so in order to be long enough to clip in the slots, these cloths will be 10" by 8". My wet jet was 10 1/2"x4 1/2" so the cloth will be 11"x5".
Lay out your cloth on your cutting mat, and measure 10" from one side. Cut along this line.
Now take that 10"x16" piece you just cut. Cut this piece in half to get 2 - 8"x10" pieces. These will be for the sweeper.
Now take the 6"x16" strip left over from the first cut. Measure 5" from the finished side, and trim so that it is 5"x16". Then measure 11" in length and trim it to 11". This gives you a final size of 5" x11".
Finishing the edges:
If you have a serger, this step is easy, just serge the edges and you are done, but for most of us who don't have one, we will be using a zig zag stitch to finish the edge and prevent fraying and prevent all the little microfiber fuzzes from coming off.
Each cloth should have 2 unfinished edges, so start on an unfinished edge where it meets with an unfinished one. My sewing machine has 4 widths for a zig zag, 1 being the narrowest and 4 being the widest. For this I set mine to 3.
Now your sweeper cloths are all done!
Sewing on elastic for Wet Jet cloths:
Take your first piece of elastic and about 2 inches or so in from one of the long sides, place elastic about 1/4" -1/8" in from the edge. You can pin it in place, or just carefully line it up on the sewing machine using the presser foot to keep it in place. Using the zig zag stitch again (this time I narrowed mine down to a 2) zig zag back on forth on the elastic 3 or 4 times so that it is securely attached to cloth.
Now I just need to find a way refill the cleaning solution bottle so I don't have to keep buying that too.
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