Nobody likes to sweep or mop, but we all mostly love clean floors, so you have to admit that a disposable cloth at the end of a swivel stick is pure genius.
Having said that, the venerable Swiffer has some major drawbacks (besides the tacky lime green handle). Those disposable cloths are super wasteful, they’re expensive and since they’ve added Febreze “scent” to everything, they are almost too nauseating to use. And that bad smell hangs around like a fart in a spacesuit! Not good. Here’s how I hack it…
DON’T GET WET: Of course, I bought the “Wet-Jet” when it first came out. Actually, I bought two. The handle of the first broke within a month and the second one broke when I tried to remove the floor cleaner reservoir bottle to attempt to refill it with better floor cleaner (mine). They make it nearly impossible because they want you to buy their nasty chemical version. That’s when I realized that:
1. The wet wipes work with the Original Swiffer Sweeper stick. And…
2. You don’t need the wet wipes anyway!
3. There are other, better-looking versions of the "Swiffer" mop stick. I got mine from Muji and I LOVE IT.
Here’s how we hack it:
FLIP IT UP AND REVERSE IT: Once you make that first hairy pass on your floors, you can remove the dry sweeper cloth, shake the loose stuff off and use the other side. Both sides of the cloths work to attract dust and hair, so why not use both? This trick works on the Wet refill pads, too. Congratulations! You just doubled your refills. Just don’t flush them!
MAKE A CLEANER UPGRADE: If you ARE using disposable floor wipes, you can dump out the cheap, scented version, add a capful of our Floor Cleaner Concentrate, and fill it up with tap water. Easy! Once the wipes marinate in our floor cleaner for a while, the nasty "vanilla + lavender" or detergent scent is barely perceptible.
GET GENERIC: You can pick up generic, unscented versions of both the wet and dry disposable cloths to fit your Swiffer stick. Search for “wet sweeper cloths” from the dollar store or Amazon. The biggest plus for me is that the generic versions are often UNSCENTED. They’re also far less expensive than the Swiffer branded versions. We buy them in bulk and store them in a bamboo caddy.
THE REUSABLE OPTIONS: You can wrap pretty much anything onto a Swiffer sweeper head. If you can’t poke your fabric into the little plastic keepers, get a couple of bull clips to secure it at the top. Sometimes, I use a stray sock, old cloth diapers or a dingy dishtowel, shake them out and rewash them. Or toss them. It depends on how gross they get.
MICROFIBER CLOTHS: I personally don’t like them, but you can get those super durable Microfiber cloths and reuse them ad nauseam. They are supposed to be good for dusting down TV screens and electronics, but I prefer my lambswool duster.
BOTTOM LINE? I like the ease of a Sweeper Stick, but not the cheap synthetic fragrance situation. On most days, I just grab my stick and sweep with a generic, disposable cloth. If there’s a sticky situation on the floor, I just point and shoot with a good, plant-based floor cleaner and a paper towel or an old cloth. Life’s too short to spend mopping, amiright?