Thursday, March 27, 2008

More Ideas on Swiffer Refills - DIY Swiffer Refills - Easy Mopping

I was doing a search to answer my own Swiffer question! :) Ironic, huh? Anyway, I found a number of different posts here on the blog over the past couple of years that have to do with make your own Swiffer refills. Here they are:

Using Blue Shop Paper Towels for Swiffers

Make Your Own Knitted Swiffer Cleaning Pads - Very cool for you crafty Happy Slobs out there! (Mine would look ridiculous and would likely fall apart, but I'm sure YOU could make one of these! hehehe

Also - check your local dollar stores. You can purchase a package of 6 or 10 dry sweeping cloths (for generic Swiffers) for $1. Then you could put that on your Swiffer mop, and just use a squirt of our Very Vinegar cleaner and away you go!

Swiffer Wet Mops - this Really Makes Mopping Easier

All of you know that I try to stay away from chemicals and commercial cleaners as much as possible. Instead, I always prefer to make it myself - using real and natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, natural soaps, etc.

But, I was getting frustrated with my lack of mopping skills. Or rather - I was getting frustrated with my MOP! My husband (who to be fair probably mopped more than I ever did) and I tried a variety of mops, but to no avail. I just couldn't find a style of mop I really liked, and that did a job I was pleased with. All I wanted was a clean floor, but both the boat-style mop (the ones with long yarny threads - a traditional mop) and the sponge-type mops just didn't float my boat.

So, I gave in and bought a Swiffer Wet mop. I have to tell you - I love it! It came with one wet mopping cloth and two dry cloths. I don't mind sweeping the floors with a broom, so I won't be too worried about using those dry cloths (although I did try and it did a pretty good job.) But, the wet mopping cloths are really good.

So, I had a bit of a dilemma - how to have the EASE of the Swiffer mop, without having to use their refills all the time? I'm sure that a regular dishcloth or even one of those blue heavy duty paper towels (usually used in body shops) would work just fine. So, I'm going to be experimenting a bit...I think that dunking a clean, fresh dishcloth (or other smallish towel) in a sink of soapy water with a squirt of fresh lemon or lime would be ideal for mopping the floor. I'll be giving it a try and letting you know how it goes!

If you have more ideas on Swiffers, post a comment! Or email me at christina at

Happy sweeping and mopping, slobbo darlings!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This Week's Organizing Challenge - the Kitchen Cabinets

This week's organizing challenge is one that might sound simple (Yay!) but actually will yield some impressive results. Here it is:

  • This week focus on clearing out and decluttering (re-organizing) at least three kitchen cabinets. This means completely emptying the cupboards, wiping down the inside surface (our Very Vinegar spray is great for this!) and then getting rid of the extra stuff that is either past it's food life OR passing on stuff you won't use to someone who needs it. Then neatly pile the food you are keeping inside.

You can also read more about the challenge at this week's newsletter:

Post a comment and let us all know how you did!