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A few years ago I owned a Swiffer mop. It was brilliant for cleaning my laminate floors quickly, without needing a bucket, water or soap. I was sad when it disintegrated and broke apart, because at the time they had stopped selling Swiffer mops over here in the UK. So you can imagine my delight when I found a very similar mop in the form of the Flash Speed Mop. However, I was less than happy at the prospect of throwing away all the disposable mop covers. So I decided I really needed to make something reusable and sustainable. Here is how to make a reusable swiffer mop cover. Stop needing to buy so many mop wipes, and become more zero waste!
How To Make A Reusable Swiffer Mop Cover
I am always looking for new ways to upcycle my old cloth. And one of the most useful cloths in my waste pile is old towelling. Every so often I have a clearout of my bathroom cabinet. There is always one towel that looks a bit threadbare and grey, and it goes in a (large) pile in the corner of my sewing room to be reused. And making a reusable stiffer mop cover is a perfect way of reusing this old towel.
You Will Need
To make your reusable Swiffer mop cover you will need
- An old towel
- Some old cotton fabric – I used one of my fabric remnants
- Cotton thread
- Sew on velcro strip
- Pins, Scissors and a sewing machine
- A large piece of paper to make your template pattern
Firstly, make your pattern.
Draw Around your Swiffer mop head in the centre of your paper.
I drew a 1cm seam allowance around this box.
I placed the mop head on the 1cm seam allowance line at both top and bottom and drew a line along the other side of the mop head.
Then I estimated where the flaps of the mop cover needed to start around the central pole. I joined these dots to the outer lines.
Finally I added 1cm seam allowance to the end of each tab
This means that you end up with a “H” shaped template, which is the pattern for your mop head cover.
Making The Mop Head Cover
Cut the “H” shape out of both your old towel and your cotton fabric. Pin the fabrics right side together, and mark on one of the sides about an 7-8 cm section, which will be left open.
Sew a 1cm seam all the way around the pad, backtracking well at the start and end.
Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance down – except where the gap is.
Turn the pad the right way out, and push out the corners well with a pencil. Give it a good press.
Going back to the sewing machine, sew around the pad around the edge. This closes the gap left during turning, and gives the pad more stability. I also like to sew around the rectangle in the centre of the pad, which helps keep the layers in place.
Finally, add some sew on velcro to the tabs.
And you have a finished swiffer mop cover!
Using The Swiffer Mop Covers
I like to use my mops with a spray bottle of water, white vinegar and a citrus essential oil. See my tutorial on how to make a natural floor cleaner. This keeps my laminate and vinyl flooring looking clean and dust free!
Once the mop cover is dirty, just throw it in the wash with your regular wash and tumble or air dry.
Finally, once the mop cover has become too worn or dirty to use, cut up and compost everything but the velcro strips!
Got a Swiffer Mop With The Gripping Corners?
Then here’s an even quicker version of how to make a reusable swiffer mop cover. Just cut out a piece of towelling about twice the size of the mop head, and overlock the edges of this towelling. (You do need to overlock, or the edges just shed bits everywhere!)
These make excellent all purpose cleaning cloths, but they do grip into the plastic grippers of the swiffer or flash power mop.
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