Saving on Swiffer: Make Your Own mop covers

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Having four cats, we spend a lot of time cleaning the floors. We could go through an entire box of those Swiffer refills in two weeks. That’s about $10.00 a month for two boxes and $120.00 a year. 

Not anymore. 

Thanks to Cleaning Inspiration, I found a way around it. And all I needed was to get out my trusty crochet hook and a ball of Lily Sugar n Cream Yarn. You don’t even need to know any fancy stitches – just a single crochet. 

How To:

(Thanks to Cleaning Inspiration)

Crochet main piece

Chain 60 stitches or enough so that the length is 15 inches.

1st row: (rs) 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  1 sc in each ch across.  Make turn by chaining one stitch.

2nd row:  *sc in each ch across.  Make turn by chaining one stitch. 

Additional rows:  continue from * until width measures 4 inches.

Join Sides and Shape

At this point, you want to fold over the end your pieces onto themselves, so that each folded-over part is 2.5 inches by 4 inches.  This will create the pockets for the Swiffer to slip into.  When the cover is done, the bottom should be approximately 10 inches by 4 inches, and the top parts should each be 2.5 inches by 4 inches. 

Sc around the entire edge of the cover, joining the double thickness of sides together where needed.  As you go around, work 3 sc in each corner.  If you do not want to add a ruffle, fasten off.

Suggestion:  To ensure that the cover will fit properly, you may want to actually try folding the cover around your Swiffer sweeper before joining the sides together.  This is the best way to guarantee a good fit.

It took me half an hour, and it’s completely washing machine friendly! No more buying those cloths and just throwing them out. Use your own cleaning fluids for wet projects and use as they are to pick up dust and hair and crumbs.

I paid $1.99 for the yarn which is thick and sturdy and will last many, many washes. 

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