Adventures in sewing - Making my own Swiffer Duster Refills
I love to use Swiffer Dusters in my home. With that being said I take issue with the short life span the duster refills have and that you have to purchase refills often. I have been trying to find a more inexpensive and longer use alternative. I have multiple dusters in my home as I do not use the same one in the washroom as the rest of the home. I learned a lot in a past job working for a cleaning company about cross contamination.
I did a search on the internet and found that you can make your own. I found a fantastic, easy tutorial with directions and pictures of each step. Here is the rub - I had never sewn before. I found that this to be intriguing and a simple project to do. So I went out and bought materials to do the project. I made two by hand and then proceeded to use a sewing machine for the third refill.
I got a quick lesson on the basics of using a sewing machine. I cut a square yard of material so that I could just zip thru the sewing. I took my time and was able to complete 1 refill much faster than by hand.
I found that there is multiple Swiffer duster handles. Each one takes a different stitching to hold it in place. So check which handle you have.
I put my handmade refills in the dryer for a few minutes to make them more static to attract dust. A quick swipe and the dust in my living room was gone. These refills can be washed and dried (I hang dry mine and then put them int he dryer for a few minutes before use). They stay together well as long as you sew them together properly.