I have a confession I am ashamed to make: during my pregnancy I broke down and bought a Swiffer. The thought of getting on my hands and knees to scrub the floors was too much for me to handle, so I let laziness get the best of me and I opted for what I thought was the easy way out. Wrong!
I quickly realized that the Swiffer was a total waste. Of my money. Of my time. Of our resources. Each Swiffer cloth costs about 50 cents, but I had to use at least four of them to really clean the floors. And, I noticed that the floors were never really clean. But, the biggest bummer about this method was all the waste that I created. The used Swiffer cloths get tossed into the garbage, and the plastic box they come in is a big drag on the environment, too. Plus, the questionable chemicals and fragrance used to soak the Swiffer cloths was giving me a headache every time I cleaned the floors. I knew there had to be a better way to clean the floors without breaking my back.
So, I devised my own Swiffer system. I didn’t want to throw away the Swiffer mop because that would be a waste, so the method I developed uses it.
1. Take an empty 28 ounce spray bottle and add four ounces of vinegar, a good squirt of dish soap, and top it off with warm water.
2. Apply a household rag to the Swiffer mop in the same manner you apply the Swiffer cloth.
3. After vacuuming the floor, spray the vinegar solution on a section of floor. Mop. Continue spraying and mopping until the job is done (you may have to replace the rag if it gets dirty). The rag stays put and the solution really cleans the grime. You’ll have plenty of leftover cleaning solution to use next time.
I swear, this system works BETTER than the store bought version! And, it costs just PENNIES per use!!!!
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