Making Replacement Pads for a Swiffer

February 8, 2010

young woman holding a Swiffer style mopI recently made a Swiffer Cozy for my Swiffer to replace the dry Swiffer cloths I buy. I think it qualifies as the ugliest Swiffer Cozy ever, but it used up leftover yarn I had and, it is very functional.


I just measured the size of the bottom of the swiffer, and crocheted enough to cover that space, then added the top sides to go over the edges; making one side smaller than the other, so as to be able to slip it on easily. While it is ugly, it works great!

Best of all, when I am done, I shake off the dirt, toss it into the wash, and I do not have to keep buying the swiffer cloths and tossing them into the trash.

I hope to also make a mopping pad for my Clorox ReadyMop; using either cotton yarn or by sewing one with different materials.

By Chris from USA

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September 10, 2014

I use old T-shirts and sweatshirts to make replacement pads for my Swiffer Sweeper. I just cut rectangles large enough to fit around the Sweeper. Make sure you have enough left to poke into the holes that hold it in place.


I use the rest of the shirts, sleeves and all, as dust rags. They can be washed or discarded.


January 31, 2008

Using a wet Swiffer mop can get expensive with the wet replacement towels that cost about $4.00 for a dozen. It adds up really fast! To combat that, I decided to try using some old thin bath towels cut to size.


February 1, 2010

I bought a basic 'swiffer', not the battery operated kind. Instead of buying the wet sheets, I use thin wash cloths.


I wet them with detergent water, and squeeze it out and they fit on perfectly into the little holes.


September 24, 2008

I love Swiffer type cloths. I found when I ran out one time that you can use cut up rags (esp. flannel) the same size as one of the duster sheets and attach to the mop the same way. Voila!



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December 2, 2011

I would like to know how to knit or crochet a reusable swiffer pad.

By TT from Douglas, WY


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December 4, 20110 found this helpful
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Just make one in the approximate shape of the pad. I often use old washcloths, microfiber cloths or even old tee shirts cut into the right size/shape.


If the tee shirts seem too thin, use a double thickness. I throw my homemade cloths into the washer and reuse them.


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December 7, 20110 found this helpful
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I crochet mine from cotton using a single crochet (US); simply chain enough loops to fit your pad and single crochet until you have a piece long enough and wide enough to use. Gauge doesn't matter, all you're looking for here is something that will fit your mop and have enough scrubbing power (hence the use of the dense SC) to get your floors clean.

I use the white and cream colours so that I can bleach the pads.


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December 7, 20111 found this helpful
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I have tried everything from old socks to used dryer sheets, but for the past year I have been using a Microfiber cloth. I buy mine at Sam's club, and cut them in half. One half is just right for the Swiffer and to tuck it in the slots. They don't fray, so you don't have to set the cut edges.


Each cloth makes 2 swiffer pads.

When I finish sweeping with them, I use one of those scratcher pads that is like a covered sponge, and brush the lint, dog hair, etc off the pad. When they get a little grimy looking, I just throw them in the washing machine with the throw rugs.
Harlean from Arkansas

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August 8, 2015

My Swifter wet mop has no Velcro to stick the pads on. They must have fallen off from too much solution. Any ideas of how I can replace them? Should I just use regular stick on Velcro from JoAnn's?


October 18, 20170 found this helpful

You can, they also sell that type of velcro at Walmart. I sure would try that before buying a whole new mop.

February 15, 20180 found this helpful

I put on new velcro strips. Nope, does not stick well to swiffer purple mop pads. I will have to cut the velcro opposite and apply it to pad for it to work.


Perhaps there is another type of velcro that works. Maybe a finer material?

August 4, 20190 found this helpful

Where in Walmart do you find the Velcro? My Velcro has worn off I tried some Velcro I had but wet pads were wearing it off help please I dont want have to buy a new one? Thanks Im advance!!

August 30, 20200 found this helpful

Velcro is in the sewing notions department

April 19, 20210 found this helpful

I have only had my wet mop for 2 months and already the velcro is coming off. You would think wet jet would have these to replace. I didn't keep my receipt so i don't want to try and return it.

July 18, 20230 found this helpful

I ended up using a large piece of clear packing tape and folding it inside out so half sticks to the mop and the other half sticks to the pad. It works!

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June 22, 2016

Does anyone have an idea on how to make Swiffer type refills? They are so expensive to buy and don't last long at my house with all the dog fur.


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

I have used plain old paper towels before, the really thick kind

I also saw a cool video once where a woman took old socks, but down the side of one, put it over the swiffer head, and presto - I tried it once and I must say it worked really well. Then you can actually choose to reuse them by washing the socks!


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

You can clamp microfiber cloths to the bottom of the mop. They are washable.

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December 1, 2010

I think Swiffer cloths are too expensive. I live in an old house and have hardwood floors throughout in addition to two dogs. I am leery of some suggestions for cleaning fluid, washcloths, and the dogs on the wood floors. Occasionally I stumble on dry floor cloths at a dollar store, but not often. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.

By Susie from Chicago, IL


January 27, 20110 found this helpful

Reusable "Swiffer" pads are very simple, purchase large microfiber cloths and use them on a Swiffer or Swiffer type mop. I have used these to clean my hardwood floors, and I have two cats that shed all the time. If I want to mop the floor, I simply spray my favorite wood floor cleaner (I use Bona) and then wipe over with the cloth.
The only issue is that you have some very grimy laundry to do to reuse the cloths.

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September 28, 2012

How do I fasten homemade Swiffer wetjet pads to the mop head?

By Don

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September 22, 2016

This is a page about knitting a Swiffer pad. You can knit or crochet a reusable cleaning pad for your stiffer style mop.

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August 17, 2016

This is a page about homemade Swiffer wet mop replacement cloths. The replacement cloths for your Swiffer wet mop can be costly to constantly replace. One solution may be to make your own.

Woman's legs and Swiffer WetJet style electronic mop on wooden floor


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December 1, 2010

Save money on buying Swiffer dry mop replacement cloths by using Huggies baby wipes!


October 7, 2010

I need to know how to make Swiffer Wet Jet cleaning pads. I love my Swiffer Wet Jet, but would like to find a way to make my own cleaning pads.

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