4 Swiffer Cleaning Hacks for Cheaper Dust-Free Living

Achoo! I’m waging a war on the dust bunny and I want you to win the money battle in the dust game. Since I’m allergic to paying for Swiffer Sweeper refills and I break out in hives at the cost of replacement Swiffer Duster thingers, I’ve hacked a better way for cleaning my home.

Getting us to spend big bucks on refills is a nice gig for cleaning companies looking to make ongoing cash. So I’m putting an end to endless refills, taming the dust mites, dealing with allergies, and sweeping up pet hair all with a swish of my Swiffer hacked broom.

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So if you’re allergic to paying for expensive and environmentally unfriendly dusters and sweepers, then try these 4 frugal home cleaning tips for a cleaner home at less cost.

1. Use Microfiber Cloths or Towels

Go ahead and turn your Swiffer into a microfiber mop by passing on refills altogether. Microfiber fabrics are woven from very fine synthetic fibers and are perfect for lots of home cleaning activities, including: mopping, dusting, polishing, and wiping.

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These soft and reusable cloths save you money because they are effective at cleaning delicate surfaces like computer monitors, are machine washable, and don’t require costly cleaning solutions to remove grime. Microfiber cloths come in a range of sizes and weights with varying loop sizes and you can buy a package of 12 Microfiber Cleaning Towels for around $10. That’s less than $1 a towel!

I’ve used microfiber cloths on my Swiffer Sweeper for over a year now with excellent results. Microfiber fabric is durable and when the cloth is dirty I just clean it with my laundry.

To turn your Swiffer Sweeper into a microfiber mop:

1. Apply microfiber cloth to the Swiffer Sweeper in the same way as a refill.

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2. If the cloth is too long or wide, use clasps to tighten cloth over the Swiffer.

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3. Sweep away all your dust bunnies and pet hair!

I love using microfiber cloths over refills because they are a greener alternative, they are reusable for many years, and they cost far less over time. Besides, throwing away Swiffer mop pads and dusters needlessly adds to our landfills and I feel better about not contributing to our environmental debt.

2. Get with it and flip it!

When the dust settles and you think your Swiffer mop sheet has bitten the dust, go ahead and flip it to push forward and continue gathering dust! By fliping these seemingly one-sided Swiffer mop sheets you save 50% on your home cleaning costs by using both sides.

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You may need to dust the one side off with a little vaccuming power, but I assure you both sides work equally well for removing the grime from your flooring.

3. Wash and Reuse

Don’t chuck your Swiffer sheets and dusters just yet! If you’ve got some mesh laundry bags and a load of wash ready to rumble, then extend the use of these handy electrostatic dusting and floor mopping tools by washing your dusters and mop heads.

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Did you know they can last for several cleanings? Well, they can. Not only do these refillables stay electrostatic after washing but you will reduce the garbage created and save big.

4. Buy Generic Refills

With the popularity of Swiffer refillables, many companies have moved into this dusty market to capture your home cleaning dollars. Many generic refillables cost 10-60% less than the cost of the Swiffer brand. I’ve purcased the Swiffer Duster refills as generics and they hold up nicely for several uses AND can be washed many times to keep costs down.

So if you’re ready to leave your Swiffer sheets and mops in the dust then do try these home cleaning hacks to save some dough. I promise, when the dust settles you’re gonna love the savings.

Your two cents:

  1. Julie April 15th, 2014

    Thank you so much for the mop tip! Next time I wash the floor, I’ll do this! 😀

  2. Nancy May 25th, 2014

    No need to punch a whole in youre old wet Jet bottles to reuse, Just boil enough water to cover the top of the bottle for about 10 to 15 seconds remove and top will come right off. You can then use any type floor cleaner you like! Enjoy:)

  3. Julia October 30th, 2014

    Great article! Just wanted to add a tip: Using fabric softener on microfiber cloths removes their electrostatic properties. Probably works the same for the disposable cloths.

  4. Gill November 23rd, 2014

    Regarding washing microfiber cloths and reusing them: I wash them with my bath mats. Save them up until it is time to wash the bathmats and wash all my cleaning cloths with them. You don’t have to wash them with your clothes.

  5. Patti March 13th, 2015

    I came here in search of a hack for the Swiffer Dusters which I mostly use on my celiing fans- any ideas? I need something that will catch the dust and not just fling it around.
    For a mop, I will use NO OTHER than my Shark Pocket Mop.
    I have fibromyalgia which makes it difficult some days to clean the house- this cuts my mopping time down trememdously! Having laminate floors throughtout this small farm house, I am forever mopping- not with my Shark!

  6. Peg Wil March 26th, 2015

    My swiffer dusters draw up too much when I put them in the washer. So I wash them out in a small tub. I squeeze them out and hang them to dry. I live alone so when I watch TV I just brush them out using a wire pet brush and rat tail comb. (The life of a single lady, lol) Then they are ready to go. I sometimes spray furniture polish on them but let them dry before using them. They still work great. Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. Maxine June 8th, 2015

    yiu can also use old socks. Simply slide one sock onto each rand.

  8. Reuben Lane June 27th, 2016

    Don’t buy Fry’s Grocery generic Swiffer refills (Home Sense brand) They streak very badly

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