Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WFMW: Socks as Swiffers

I decided to stop fighting the "dirty-bottom sock war" and just go with it. Now, instead of wasting spending money on Swiffer disposable cloths, I just use a sock. You know the one . . . . the lonely sock that manages to survive its ride in the washing machine while its partner has disappeared into the laundry abyss.

I found ankle socks work best for the Swiffer mop head. Instead of the Swiffer Mitts, you can use a tube sock to dust - they're great to slip on your hand for getting the baseboards and stair banisters clean. I know socks don't have the "static effect" the Swiffer cloths do, but they still do a nice job of picking up dirt and dust. You can always buy a microfiber cloth and wrap it around the mop head instead. Most microfiber cloths can be washed multiple times and still maintain their charge.

I think this is a win-win situation all around. Socks are more eco-friendly than disposable cloths. When you are finished just throw them in the laundry to use again later. Chances are you have a lot of "single" socks you can re-purpose. Use a mixture of vinegar and warm water to clean hardwoods. You don't have to worry about toxins causing damage to your family's health or your floors!

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Mommy Cracked said...

That is such a cool idea...and way cheaper than buying those cleaning pads for them.

Dawn said...

great idea! i'm sick of buying the refills too. i have found that having everyone remove their shoes when the come in makes you have to clean less often too, and I'm all about cleaning less!

Hadias said...

Great idea. I haven't used my swifer in two years because I refuse to buy more pads.

But recently my trusty mop broke, so this will work great. Thanks for sharing.

Michie said...

This amused me - I might have to give it a shot! I always have unmatched socks! :)

Mrs. G said...

This is a great idea! I have way too many hole-y socks that I've been saving for something. This would work perfect.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, I use socks for dusting but didn't think about putting them n the swiffer.

Heart of Wisdom said...

This is gotta be one of the best tips I ever heard! With 11 children over 30 some years I have gone though a LOT of lone socks. I'm also cheap and hate buying swiffer replacements.

Super duper tip. Thanks

Tempest Knight said...

Great idea! I'll have to try it. :)

Anonymous said...

I used my husband's sock-real big- with a hole in the heel, lined it up with the part that attaches to the handle
Instant swiffer pad-almost as good as the original and FREE. it picked up the dust. that is the point, and its Free.
I almost dont mind my husband going thru pairs and pairs to socks