Sunday, January 27, 2013

Swiffer Sheets from Fleece Fabric

I have to admit, I saw this idea on another page.  It was either a Facebook post or another blog, but I have to blog about it also.  I remembered it was +Courtenay Creeklinehouse  I'm all for saving time and money.  I really like swiffers but you have to buy the refill sheets, throw them away each time and sometimes they just push the dirt around.  I have tried this idea using a washcloth but it didn't work as well.  So the post I read said to take some fabric like flannel or fleece and cut it to the size of the swiffer sheet.  I measured one and they are about 8 1/2 by 11, the size of a piece of paper.  Then I went down to my stash and looked around for something I could use.  Six years ago I needed to make some hats because I had lost my hair due to chemotherapy.  I bought too much so I had this leftover piece nicely folded just waiting for me to repurpose it.  It doesn't bring back good memories but it's fine and I'm fine now.

This isn't the thick fleece but the cheaper version.   I believe it probably worked even better than the thicker fleece.  The first one I cut had the stretch going along the long side.  The next piece I had the stretch on the narrow side.  I think I prefer the short side stretch, but it really doesn't make that much difference.  Since this fabric doesn't ravel there is no sewing necessary.  I made all the pieces out of the same color so I will know that they are designated as the Swiffer sweeper sheets.  Then it was time to try it out.  I ran it around on the hardwood floors.  It picked up stuff that I couldn't even see on my floor.  The static created by pushing it around attacked every piece of dust.  It was embarrassing how dirty my floor was.  When I was almost finished, I removed the fabric, flipped it over and used the other side.  Then I threw it in with a load of washing.  Be sure you have washable and dryable fabric and you will be set for a long time.

 This was the first attempt.  The sheet I cut was a little long but 8 1/2 by 11 will fit perfect.

Here I flipped it over.  You can see all the dirt on the inside.  I would highly recommend this project.  So I cut 14 sheets and then I will always have a clean one available. I will keep you posted as to how they hold up after repeated washings.


  1. Great idea! I never used the swifter to sweep/dust my floors because I didn't like the idea of the 'throwing out' of each sheet. I will give this a try. You said you use thin fleece, not felt, right? I picked up a swifter unit at the thrift store for $2.00. I use terry face cloths on it to wash my floors. I use vinegar and water, wet & wring out about 6 clothes. Use one cloth for several feet, then pull off and add another wet rung out cloth, etc. Fast, easy and reusable.

  2. Yes, it's the thin fleece that looks the same on both sides. Most felt fabrics don't wash well and the color bleeds. I like that the fleece makes static that attracts the dirt. I use vinegar and water to wash the floor also but I still get down on my hands and knees. I think I'll try your method.