Saving Money on Swiffer Pads and Mops

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February 3, 2014

I purchase microfiber dish towels at the dollar store. Since they're not very good for drying dishes because they do not absorb water, I use them for my Swiffer to clean my kitchen and bathroom floor. I just wet them down with warm water, wring them out then place them over the Swiffer and scrub the floor. They're washable, thus reusable and I don't have to spend the big bucks for refills.


Source: Got the idea from my friend Julia. She does the same thing

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January 8, 2016

Use an old sweater's arm for a perfect fit on your rectangular mop. I find acrylic sweaters to gather the most dust and gunk while leaving a nice shine. You can use them and wash them for reuse over and over.

sweater arm as reusable dust mop cover

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October 26, 2009

Don't throw away those used dryer sheets, there is yet another use for them. I finally bought a Swiffer for my floors, because my knees won't allow me to clean on all fours, but I'm not spending money on refill cloths, wet or dry.

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April 4, 2011

The answer to those expensive Swiffer Wet jet mop head refills - finally! Go to your local Dollar store, buy the cheapest newborn diapers they carry.

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April 12, 2010

When I use the disposable Swiffer type cleaning cloths, I flip them over to use the clean side before tossing them in the trash. This works well with the dry dust mop cloths. It doubles the use of each cloth.

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March 12, 2009

I have been recycling my hubby's old socks into swiffer pads. I cut the end of of both ends of the sock and a cut down one side of the sock between the two cut ends, Then I fit it over the swiffer and then sometimes I sew the ends shut, sometimes I don't.

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January 29, 2012

I have found using dryer sheets works great for doing my blinds and dusting. Since doing this, I have discover a great way to save money.

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September 23, 2005

I recently bought a Swiffer sweep and vac and I love it so much that I ran out to buy the Swiffer Wet Jet. As I was looking at it I was thinking $20 bucks (plus the price of refill pads)?


So instead, I paid 97 cents for a terry cloth rag.

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June 21, 2012

Use your old dusting mop for mopping with a dollar store washcloth. You can help the environment by not using the disposal floor wipes. I wet a wash cloth with water and press the four corners into the perforated spots on the foam rubber mop head, just rinse often.

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July 3, 2007

I love using a dry Swiffer but don't like purchasing the paper bottoms to put on them as they are quite expensive and once used they are discarded.

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February 28, 2007

I bought a Swiffer regular floor sweeper when they first came out. It worked great and picked up even more dirt after I vacuumed.


When I saw the price of the clothlike refills, I decided not to pay the high price.

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August 22, 2005

I use both sides of my Swiffer dry cloths before I throw them out. I purchase the Dollar General brand which is 20 for 2.00. I saw Save-a-Lot has a 20 pack for $1.00, but I haven't tried them yet. My mom does the same thing!

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October 18, 2011

I have the Swiffer handle and I cut down a cleaning cloth that is used for absorbing messes, the orange ones. I put it on my Swiffer and dust. Then I wash and dry my floors it saves me money time and space.

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February 14, 2005

Refresh your used Swiffer cloths by first hand washing to remove the inside dirt. To remove the particles stuck to the outside, it needs to be in a container to allow it to float.


I do this in the bath tub.

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April 15, 2005

Any one have any hints on how to save money on Swiffer mops? Both the cleaner and the mop heads.

Gen from Kansas


By Liz (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I started making my own swiffer wet cloths. They are way too expensive for the little amount of floors in my house. I felt that I was always wasting them.

I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of face cloths, some all purpose cleaner (store brand pine sol) and an air tight container. Put the facecloths in the container and pour in all of the cleaner. Just use them on the swiffer like you would the wet cloths. Launder them and return them to the container.

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By Allison (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of Swiffer products, puts a coupon flier in the Sunday paper every few weeks where I live. I never buy Swiffers without a coupon.

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By suzi homemaker (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I use baby wipes and any kind of cleaner should be okay.

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By Louise B. (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I made my own cleaning solution by mixing some Spic'n' Span floor cleaner, warm water and a little bit of rubbing alcohol. I cut a small hole in the end of the swiffer bottle with a very sharp knife and used a cheap turkey baster to put the solution in the bottle.


I then put several layers of duck tape over the hole I made. It works fine. My floors seem cleaner, also. I have all ceramic tile floors, except for the bedrooms, so I need to be able to clean them, easily, but inexpensively. Swiffer solution is too expensive.

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By Beth (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I had seen a while back about mixing vinegar and water half and half, then adding whatever essential oil desired for the smell. I did that, but had trouble putting it back into the bottle. Louise had a much better idea for that!

I use my husband's old socks over the mophead to Swiffer with though. They pull right off and wash to re-use.

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August 13, 2007

Where can I get cloths to fit my Swiffer mop? It is 161/2 by 41/2 in size.

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July 13, 2019

The rubber pad on the bottom of my dry Swiffer has fallen apart. Any ideas about how to replace it? I can't find anyone who sells this part. #921211

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May 3, 2012

I have 2 large long furred dogs who shed constantly. The Swiffer dry refills are great for my tile floors, but very pricey. I tried the store brand, but they really don't work very well. Then I tried a fabric softener sheet and it worked just as well, but was too small to put on the Swiffer dry mop. Any suggestions?

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