February 21, 2011

The non-swiffer Swiffer: A Quick Tip

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Happy President’s Day!  I have a lovely day off from work today, so naturally, I’m going to clean the floor.

Yeah, my life is glamorous.

Maybe I’ll class it up by putting on some makeup first….

Ha! Um, no.

But…I do have a little “trick” (if you can call it that) for cleaning our hard floors, though, so I thought I’d share.

I used to use the green-handled Swiffer sweeper, until we put down laminate flooring in our house, and then it wasn’t up to the job.  (Plus, there’s nothing more annoying than a product that ropes you into buying more of that product (ie “refills”) on a regular basis.)

So I found another option.

I picked up a larger swiffer-type-sweeper from Home Depot one day.  It’s about twice the size of the original swiffer, and that means cleaning the floor suddenly takes half the time.  I can’t use the little one anymore – it’s too annoying.

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The big one also came with a washable cloth, which is great….but I usually dry swiff once (and then the cloth is really filthy) and then I go back over the floor with the wet swiffer.

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I needed another cloth, and I went digging around the house to see if I could find something that would work.

The dollar store to the rescue, again.

The dollar store sells microfiber cloths for $1 each, and I already had one in the cleaning kit…

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It turns out, they work *great* with the sweeper!

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I use them on a diagonal and tuck the extra fabric into the holes on the top of the sweeper.

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When I’m done, I throw it in the wash and put on a clean one to do the wet swiffering.  (I’m still using the actual Swiffer WetJet with the washable cloths.)

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Moral of the story?

1.  If you have anything larger than a bathroom to “swiff”, the bigger one is MUCH nicer and makes the job quicker.

2.  Use a washable cloth like the $1 microfiber to save money on those stupid pricey refills.

 

And now….back to actually cleaning the floor Smile

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2 comments:

  1. I loved your idea and found a bigger one at Menard's. It helps me clean my two acres of tile floor. You are too smart!

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  2. Hi Katie, I just found your blog from Thrifty Decor Chick and took your 'House Tour"...Gorgeous!! I use microfiber clothes, also, but I hadn't thought to use them on the floor! I'm now a follower!

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