Friday, August 7, 2009

Swiffer, Take Two

 Dear Heidi,

 Those knitted swiffer covers you blogged about last Cleaning Day are so cute...but will they work with my Swiffer Wet Jet?


-Wondering in Wisconsin

('Hey, Heidi...did you really get a note from "Wondering in Wisconsin?"' But you see how quickly I responded to this pretend comment? Just imagine how quickly I would answer a REAL comment, should a reader leave one... hint, hint.)

 Now back to my answer.

Dear Wondering, thanks for your question! Wet Jets are just another fabulous invention from the house of Swiffer, aren't they? For me, they don't replace a good ol' fashioned mop and bucket on Cleaning Day, but they are wonderful for keeping floors fresh in between real scrubbings, especially in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
 However, I think you'll be quite disappointed if you try to replace your  Wet Jet pads with the knitted or crocheted versions I introduced last week. The cotton yarn becomes really stubborn when wettened, and doesn't absorb the wet yuckiness well, either. Though it provides a great strength routine for your arms, it won't do much for your floors.

But not to worry! You are not doomed to purchase high-cost replacement pads forever! Even though the yarn versions won't work well wet (try saying that five times fast!), there's an easy homemade creation that does work great.

Simple step by step instructions for this neat Wet Jet washable mop pad can be found HERE.

Want to make your Swiffer Wet Jet even more cost-effective and natural?

Don't spend lots of money on the replacement solution bottles...just refill them with your own homemade recipe! Getting the lid off can be a bit tricky, but it's not impossible. The how-to photo tutorial HERE is the one that worked for me! Some folks report that removing the lid caused their bottle to leak. If this is a problem for you, an alternative refill method is to simply drill a hole in the top of an empty bottle, refill it using a funnel, and use a cork to plug the hole.

What should you use to refill your cleaner bottle? Straight white vinegar or a vinegar/water solution works great and cuts though the oil of bare feet wonderfully. Need something stronger? Add a few tablespoons of  organic liquid soap concentrate or even dishwashing liquid to the vinegar and cut through the grime easily. You could also use oil soap diluted in water or vinegar.

Total savings? Over $240 a year!

Happy Mopping!

Now get to work!

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Heidi Schaap

Heidi is a child of God, a homemaker, wife to a studly backyard lumberjack, and homeschooling Momma to nine fun, highly energetic outdoorling children. Her family homesteads a small patch of woods in Ohio and when Heidi’s not in the kitchen baking bread or cookies, she’s growing veggies, playing tag with dairy goats, and shooing chickens off the front porch. Heidi loves books, natural living, and coffee…Actually, let’s put the coffee first. She is the author of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers, a book she hopes will bless you immensely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Heidi, i would love a non-sewn Swiffer DUSTER cover! you know, the hand hels ones? I LOVE my Swiffer, but yikes! i cannot spend $4 a week or so on a box of tops...any suggestions?