Although I don’t usually like showing off my household dirt, I just had to share how great my reusable swiffer wipe works. I purchased it last year at a local artisan’s market for about $5 and it not only picks up everything on the floor extremely well, but also washes out like new every time.
And I’m embarrassed to say this, but it wasn’t so long ago that I was purchasing the one-time use swiffer wipes, both the wet and dry. Very UN eco-friendly, but of course very convenient. But now I’ve replaced both types and will never go back. In fact, I realized that after starting to use this dry reusable wipe, things actually got MORE convenient.
I sweep around the rooms quickly as always had, but this one covers a much bigger area than store-bought wipes so I can be done with the floor even faster! I also don’t notice it leaving any dirt, dust, or cat hair behind. Once I’m done cleaning with it, I simply remove and shake it out well outdoors before tossing it into the laundry basket.
I wash it in warm water and then hang it out to dry. It’s put back in my cleaning closet before I need it again and produces no waste (since it hardly adds anything to my laundry)! I also love the fact that the seller mentioned that my wipe is actually made out of scrap material from her other projects.
In addition, I’m actually saving money by not purchasing the disposable ones (1 box costs almost as much as I paid for the wipe). And I’ll never run out of them again! Now, in case you’re wondering, what I did to replace the wet wipes is simply switch to a solution of vinegar and water and use a regular mop to clean my linoleum. It works great and also saves money since vinegar is so cheap.
Luckily, a friend reminded me of the local vendor I purchased my dry wipe from and her online shop is here. If you’re feeling really adventurous though you can look into making your own or check out some of the other styles available on Etsy. It’s one more easy way that we can help the planet!