Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mission Organization: Week 43 - Reusable DIY Swiffer Dusters

After making the switch from my disposable-pad mop to my new Rubbermaid Reveal mop with its washable and reusable microfiber cleaning pads, I have been rethinking my dusting methods. I love using my Swiffer duster, and I have always been happy with the cleaning results. The only problem I have with this type of duster is the waste produced from throwing away the soiled dusting cloths and the cost of replacing them. My reusable mopping pads gave me the idea that maybe there was a way to make the dusters reusable too. I started looking around to see if there was any information on how to make a washable Swiffer dusting cloth, and I found just what I was looking for from Abby at Sew Much Ado. She came up with a great design for a flannel duster that fits perfectly on my Swiffer duster arm.




To make a washable and reusable Swiffer duster you will need:

4 pieces of flannel 7" x 7"
4 pieces of flannel 4" x 7"
Pinking shears or scissors
Thread
Swiffer duster handle



Flannel is inexpensive to buy at a fabric store, but you also might want to consider recycling something that you already have around the house. Outgrown flannel pajamas would work well, as would any soft flannel receiving blankets. In Abby's post she said that she had tried some other fabrics, but prefers the flannel over microfiber or fleece.



Cut four pieces of flannel 7" x 7" and four pieces 4" x 7".


Place two pieces of the 4" x 7" flannel on top of two of the 7" x 7" squares, centering the smaller pieces. Repeat with the remaining flannel pieces.


Then sandwich all the pieces together with the 4" x 7" pieces on the top and the bottom of the stack. Machine stitch down the center through all the pieces.


The next step is to make a casing for the Swiffer handle to slide into. Fold the smaller pieces to one side and lay the center of the handle over the center of the fabric where the seam was stitched. Now mark a line for the casing along the edge of the prong, being sure to allow room for the curved edges.


Now fold the smaller pieces to the other side and mark a casing for the other prong in the same way. Machine stitch along each of the marked lines to form a casing for the prongs.


The prongs will slip right into the casings.


Now trim about 1" off the edges of the top large square and the top small piece so that the layers are graduated. Turn the cloth over and trim the other side in the same way.


Then starting at the narrowest layer, clip the flannel into a row of "fringe" at about 1/2" intervals. Repeat for each layer, then turn the duster over and repeat on the opposite side. You'll want to wash and dry the duster to fluff it up before using it. I cut mine with pinking shears to avoid a lot of fraying, but you may want to trim a few threads after it is washed the first time.


So how well does a homemade Swiffer duster work? Here's the comparison of a used and an unused one. The flannel is soft and does a great job of picking up dust, and I'm glad to be living a little greener with one less thing to throw in the garbage.





11 comments:

  1. Isn't that great!!?? I love this idea. I have a swifter duster and I have wondered the same thing. Thanks for sharing, Anita!

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  2. thank you! I love this idea...I liked the Febreeze scented Swiffers, but of course, I can spray this one with Febreeze as well:)

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    1. Spraying with Febreeze sounds like a great idea Tracy, thanks!

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  3. I have been wanting to do the same thing. Thanks for the tutorial. I am pinning. :)

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  4. Great minds think alike! I never liked the Swiffer but I did like the Pledge one with the 360 degree and some fluffy material but now I can't find them so this is great! Plus, like you, the less waste we send to the dump the better plus I don't like having to pay over and over again! This is just wonderful! Thank you!

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  5. This is brilliant!! Now I just need to get my sewing machine back...

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  6. Excellent idea! Time for a trip to the crafts store. Maybe this could work as a ceiling fan duster as well?

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  7. I think these would be great for ceiling fans - I have a couple that could use a good dusting!

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