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