3 Ways to Make Your Swiffer Last Longer and Cost You Less Money

updated Oct 8, 2019
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There are good reasons Swiffers are so popular: Not only are they efficient and incredibly easy to use, but they’re also surprisingly thorough cleaners! But there’s a downside. While Swiffer products are a kitchen must-have for many, they can also get expensive. Depending on what kind of Swiffer you’re using, refill cloths can ring in at upwards of 30 cents a pop! Fortunately, we have a few hacks up our sleeves to help you enjoy a clean kitchen without sacrificing your wallet.

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1. Reuse the dust cloths.

Why put a perfectly good (and expensive) Swiffer cloth to waste by only using one side? To get twice the mileage out of your cloths, simply flip them over and use them again! If you’re feeling extra thrifty, you can throw them in the laundry. Wash the cloths in a mesh delicates bag and let them air dry. Note: You can also use both sides of wet Swiffer wipes, too.

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2. Turn fluffy socks into duster covers. 

The real magic of the Swiffer is in the actual apparatus, not necessarily the brand-name dust cloths — which means you can accomplish the same thing (not to mention save money) by stretching a fuzzy sock over the base of the Swiffer. Just swap it out when the sock gets too dirty!

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3. Make your own WetJet refills.

One Good Thing by Jillee has a brilliant hack for WetJet users. Rather than buying pricey cloth refills, invest in some reusable microfiber mop pads — Amazon has a well-rated two-pack for $13.

Then, make your own WetJet cleaning solution using Jillee’s recipe! You’ll just need some white vinegar, water, and three to five drops of your favorite dish soap. The hard part is getting the cap off the dispenser (Jillee points out that the folks at Swiffer would rather you spend money on refills, so they don’t make it super easy, but it can be done!). Just boil some water, then take the pot off the heat and hold the cap of your empty bottle in the water for 90 seconds. You should be able to use a towel to twist the cap right off. Refill and get cleaning.

Do you use a Swiffer at home? Got any other tips to add to this list?

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