Quick & Easy DIY Eco-Friendly Reuable Swiffer Pad Solution

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Easiest Ever DIY Eco-Friendly Reusable Swiffer Pad Solution

One Good Thing By Jillee recently posted her homemade solution for making the easiest ever DIY Swiffer Sweeper refill pads. Her simple alternative solution for eco-friendly, reusable pads is to use chenille socks.

However, you could easily use the same concept and upcycle a pair of old socks that are stretched out or have acquired a hole. Visit One Good Thing By Jillee here for the skinny on how she does it. Plus discover how to refill those canisters of Swiffer Wet Jet solution as well as how to make your own DIY eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaner to refill it with!

For more great DIY homemaking tips and solutions, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. It’s filled with tips for making every aspect of your life easier for tips and how to’s to home remedies and natural non-toxic cleaning recipes and everything in between.

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Eco-Friendly Handmade Home Products

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Beautiful handmade products for your home. Eco-friendly. Natural. Organic. Been looking to make your home a “green” home? These handmade homemaking products are perfect for doing just that! What eco-friendly products do you use everyday in your household?

Eco-Friendly Handmade Home Products

Organic Eco-Friendly Wooden Coasters from Little Woody Duck | Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Kit from Mrs. Jones Soapbox | Upcycled Crochet Cans Handmade Desk Organizer Set from Creative Carmelina

Handmade Eco-Friendly Reusable Home Products

Set of 3 Reusable Coffee Filters from House Jewels | Pack of 4 Reusable and Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Cocktail Straws from The Mulled Mind | Handmade Modern Towel Set from Lovely Home Idea

Natural Handmade Home Products

Eco-Friendly Handmade Natural Hemp Soap Saver Pouch from Thoughtful Gems Crafts | Set of 10 Reusable Eco Friendly Organic Unbleached Muslin Tea Bags from Natural Linens | Set of 3 Eco-Friendly Wool Dryer Balls from Domestic Love

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions – What’s Your Take on the Mop and Bucket?

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Now that Scott and I have settled into the new apartment, I just have to say – I had forgotten how expensive aluminum foil is. And there will be not Swiffer anything in my household. Not only is it too expensive, but SO not eco-friendly.
Libman Freedom Spray Mop from Amazon

My ex took the Swiffer with him when we split. I figured I could always buy a new one. However, when it came time to buy new cleaning supplies for the new apartment, I found I didn’t want a new Swiffer mop. Not only are the cleaning solution and pads too pricey for my new budget, but it’s a lot of waste going back into the environment. So I really gave a look at the available mops when trying to choose an alternative solution. I first tried the Libman Freedom Spray Mop as it was the closet to what I had become accustomed to after using Swiffer products for so many years. The concept seemed great – washable, re-usable pads and a canister to fill with your own cleaning solution – however, the sprayer on mine didn’t work at all and I ended up returning it. Plus, my boyfriend Scott wasn’t that fond of it for cleaning the nitty gritty and getting into corners. What he wanted was a commercial, standard run of the mill mop and bucket like they use in the restaurant where he works. So I ended up buying him a Clorox Cotton Twist Mop instead which was the closet thing I could find at Target. (Which, btw, he also hates and says would take forever to clean any kind of floor space. Guess I’ll have to find a “real” mop at Home Depot.)

Swiffer Re-Usable Pads from The Herb Companion

However, for quick cleanings lugging out a mop and bucket isn’t always the best solution. Therefore I’m kind of digging the DIY Washable Swiffer alternative from The Herb Companion. Basically you can take a Swiffer Sweeper or any similar type of sweeper or mop and create your own re-usable, washable pads with an old towel, some minor sewing and some ribbon. Then make your own Herbal Floor Cleaner by combining some liquid soap, distilled white vinegar, water, and some lavender essential oil. (The full instructions and recipe can be found at The Herb Companion.) If you’re sweetie is like mine, however, and just cannot stand the smell of lavender, try substituting the lavender essential oil with other essential oils known for their cleaning and disinfecting power such as lemon, orange, lime and tea tree oil. (Note that tea tree oil is toxic to cats if ingested.) You can find bulk, organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

So, what solutions do you use to stay green, stay clean, and save money?

Here are some of the ideas suggested to me by friends and fans on facebook. (But I’d love to hear more so feel free to comment!)

Amazing Uses for Household Products

Books are some of the best resources. Amanda recommended to me the Amazing Uses for Household Products, 5-Book Library: Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, Salt, Vinegar.

Jennifer recommended making my own laundry soap. Now this something I have done in the past, but I really hate grating soap. Maybe I can assign this duty to my son.

Laura uses a Shark Steam Mop with washable pads. Apparently these go on sale down to about $30 around Christmas. Megzy also uses a steam mop and makes her own diy vinegar/baking soda cleaners.

Aubrey uses washcloths instead of paper towels. I actually have washable, re-usable napkins that I bought from KenilworthPlace on etsy back in 2009. (The problem is getting people to use them because “they’re so pretty.”)

I also like the diy gunk remover recipe found on Rosy Blu’s blog – it contains nothing but coconut oil and baking soda and works like Goo Gone but without the toxic irritants.

For more great tips, check out my DIY Lifestyles Tips Board on Pinterest. And don’t forget to comment with your own suggestions. I’d love to hear what you use to clean your own floors!

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Eco-friendly alternatives to everyday conveniences.

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In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Cloth napkins replacing paper towels, handmade laundry soap versus chemical laden detergents, and reusable grocery sacks in lieu of plastic grocery bags. However, there’s one thing our busy lifestyles are loathe to let go, and that is the convenience of many throw away products.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Swiffer Sweepers and Wet Jets are in nearly every household I’ve ever been in. Even my mom, who is a hard core recycler, owns a Wet Jet. The pads, however, are anything but earth friendly. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives that let you keep your cleaning tools and kick the guilt.

Canadian Crafter has come up with a very simple knit Swiffer cover for the Swiffer Sweeper. Even if you can’t knit, you can complete this project as the majority of the work is done on a loom. Use it once, then throw it in with your wash for the next time you clean. View the full instructions here.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

Instructables even has a solution for your Swiffer Wet Jet made from old t-shirts and a wool blanket. Like the Sweeper pad, this alternative can also be washed and reused. The details are here. (Or buy handmade swiffer covers online.)

You can also refill the Wet Jet Solution container with your own eco-friendly mix. Just check out this how to on removing the cap on the container. Then try mixing up 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar and 2 tsp liquid Castile soap to add to your freshly emptied bottle. You can scent it as desired with a small amount of essential oil if you like.

More useful eco-friendly alternatives.

Here are a few other handmade alternatives to everyday necessities.

In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Explore some of these eco-friendly products that are not only earth friendly, but make your life easier as well!

1. Instead of zipper bags, enclose your child’s lunch goodies in a Reusable Velcro Seal Snack Bag.

2. Skip the plastic straws, and opt for Bended Reusable Glass Straws made from the same material as Pyrex. (From Straws by Carli.)

3. Paper napkins just get thrown away. Not only are these Linen Napkins pretty, but they can be used over and over. (From Celina Mancurti.)

4. Don’t add more plastic to the landfills. Instead take these Reusable Produce Bags to the grocery with you when you shop. (From Love for Earth.)

5. Don’t waste paper pinning notes to the fridge. Keep track of chores and appointments with this Repurposed Eco-friendly Chalkboard. (From Half Pint Salvage.)

6. Need a catchall for everyday items? This Eco-friendly Repurposed Wool Sweater and Cotton Fabric Bucket is perfect for stashing baby’s toys. (From Loop Loft.)

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Naturally Clean Your Home With Grove

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