Homemade “Swiffer” wet mop pads were one of the first things I made when I made the jump into natural cleaning. I was pretty dependent on my wet mops and would burn through 2 or 3 every time I mopped the floor. That was not easy on my budget or the environment.
What really made me look at the products I was using to clean my home was after my 2nd child was born. I was suddenly very aware of her being on the ground and potentially ingesting toxic chemicals.
I should have seen this as a premonition because fast forward 16 months and this girl puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. She certainly keeps me on my toes.
Luckily, I don’t have to worry (as much) about her picking up a cheerio off my kitchen floor and eating it. As long as my floors are clean, I have more control about what she is being exposed to.
So, enter these DIY Swiffer mop pads. You will need a Swiffer mop or similar swivel mop or sweeper that has grips on top to grab the reusable mop cloths.
For the reusable wet mop pads, I use plain white towels cut in half (similar to these). I also use these towels for almost all of my cleaning – instead of paper towels. I have found that using towels instead of the disposable pads actually work better. The towel’s crevices scrub my floors much more effectively, so I can spend less time on my hands and knees scraping food and dirt off the ground.
The cleaning solution is a simple mixture of 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar + 1 1/2 cups distilled water + 20 drops orange essential oil. Mix the solution together and pour over 10 towels cut to fit your mop. Store in a jar with an airtight lid. It will keep for 1-2 months.
- 1½ cups distilled white vinegar
- 1½ cups distilled water
- 20 drops orange essential oil
- 10 reusable towels
- Fold towels and place in storage container of choice.
- Mix together the vinegar, water, and essential oil.
- Pour vinegar mixture over towels.
- Use in place of disposable mopping pads.
- Store container with lid for up to 2 months.
Source: Adapted for my needs from Live Simply.
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