Nov
02
2011

Make Your Own: Washable “Swiffer” Dusters

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

If you’re like me and you hate throwing money in the trash with disposable cleaning products, you’re going to love this: You can make washable “Swiffer” dusters!

 

 

Click here for the directions to make your own washable “swiffer” dusters from microfiber cloth.  (Thanks Little Dear Tracks!)

 

You can order these Microfiber Cleaning Cloths from Amazon.

 

 

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda Sikes November 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

This idea is AMAZING!!!! I am totally making sets of these for Christmas!! Thank you so much for a fun, frugal, and useful gift idea!!

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Kimberlee November 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thanks Amanda, but Aimee at Little Dear Tracks is the real genius for figuring it out! :)

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Patti November 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Love it!!! I hate buying throw away cleaning products!
Thanks for this great idea!

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Kimberlee November 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

You’re welcome Patti!

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Tiffany November 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

How well do they compare to the disposables?

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Kimberlee November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I haven’t made mine yet Tiffany, so I don’t know but I do know that the disposable ones cannot be washed.

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Iris February 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

I have washed them and they can be reused for some time.

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Linda November 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

LOVE this!!! I absolutely cannot stand to throw things away and this is a perfect solution!! Thank you so very much for sharing!!

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Kimberlee November 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

You are very welcome Linda! :)

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Angie November 4, 2011 at 2:41 am

OK, dumb question, but what do you make them out of? :)

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Kimberlee November 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

Not a dumb question at all Angie! From what I have read you can make them from fleece or from microfiber cloth found in the automotive department of stores like Walmart.

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Rebecca January 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for asking that, Angie! I was wondering myself… And thanks for the answer, Kimberlee! Fleece or Microfiber…

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Angie November 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Ah, makes sense! Thank you! :)

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Sandy July 2, 2012 at 1:32 am

You can make them from microfiber cloths found at dollar tree. :o) I love, love, love dollar tree microfiber cloths!!!

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tina July 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

what did you use as the wand?

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Kimberlee July 5, 2012 at 8:10 am

These are actually from a different website (click the links to go to the websites) but I imagine that you could use any kitchen tool or cleaning implement that has a handle. You could look at the dollar store for something that would work.

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Nina July 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I’m going to make these for the classroom so the kids can help keep it a little less dusty! They LOVE to help clean! :)

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Ingrid K August 26, 2012 at 1:52 am

maybe you could alter the pattern to make slots for little hands so the kids can wear these and help clean.

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Sandy July 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

Could you please provide more complete details how to sew this item? Sorry, can’t understand the sewing instructions?

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Kimberlee July 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

Hi Sandy! I actually shared this from another blog. Here is the link: http://littledeartracks.blogspot.com/2010/06/better-than-swiffer-dusters.html. Maybe you could contact her and ask her.

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Deb July 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Ordering some. I clean houses and these l
ook great! Smart!

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Jessica July 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

I made one of these using a microfiber cloth, and it sheds too much fluff for it to be useful for me, but I think I am going to try the fleece and see if that works better. :)

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Susan August 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

thank you for a very useful idea. I love it !!Thank you for sharing.

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Alice August 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I made mine out of a torn sweatshirt. No dust. Pinking shears are the best!

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Rebecca January 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

GREAT IDEA!! Wow I will try making one from an old sweatshirt!

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Donna September 22, 2012 at 7:14 am

I am having trouble with the 3rd step. In the picture it looks like you have multiple layers together, but in step 2 it says sew 1 small to one large. I guess I am just dumb. Can you explain the steps further?
Thanks, it is such a great idea!!!

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Kimberlee September 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

Donna, this is actually re-posted from Little Dear Tracks. You can contact her to ask any questions because I have not made these myself. :)

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Patricia Mistretta December 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

I tried one with fleece and it worked great, but when I washed it, it shriveled up and was useless, will try again with microfiber though because I love the idea

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Kimberlee December 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

Thanks Patricia. That is helpful to know. :)

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pat January 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

Thank you very much for this. I have a cleaning business and am tired of buying stuff I can make myself..

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Bevely March 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I loved this idea! These work better if you use fabric that has been washed a few times. You can use old tee shirts, cut slits and gently tug on each slit until it curls slightly…this will keep it from raveling. If you use fleece, that again works better if it’s older, softer and already been washed. I don’t care for the micro-fiber, but that just me. Used fabric saves lots of money and makes this project even better. If you want to make these for gifts, I suggest buying new fabric but wash it before you make any cuts to prevent shrinkage.

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Kimberlee March 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for the tips Bevely!

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Tamara grandia April 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Does this actually pick up the dirt like a swiffer or does it push it around like a feather duster?

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Kimberlee April 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

It depends on the material you use. Microfiber cloth will pick up the dust. You can also “help” out any duster by using a spray on product like Pledge. :)

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Sandra Hager April 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Thank you for these directions. I made one today with some leftover fleece. It was so easy, and when the 3yr old boy woke up, he couldn’t stop “cleaning things”.

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Kimberlee April 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

Anything that makes your kids want to clean is a great thing, right?! :)

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Joann July 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thanks, I love anything that can be recycled. I also crochet my own Swiffer dusters.

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Floyd Gary Clyne August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Praise! I appreciate your giving credit to the original blogs for questions you can’t answer & for providing feedback to your readers! Well done & love anything that re-purposes!

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Kelli August 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

To make your fleece last longer wash it but don’t dry it. Fleece dries fast. If you dry it it make it bally (if that is a word) and can melt the fleece. Hope this helps.

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Ronnie P. - aka Zbear1 @ SCS November 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love this idea !!! Heading for the Dollar Tree !!! Thank you sooo much!!! Great Stocking stuffer idea !!!

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Kimberlee November 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

You are very welcome Ronnie!

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Katie January 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Can felt from a craft store work?

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Kimberlee January 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I am not sure about that Katie. The fleece and microfiber have a different texture. I don’t think that the felt will pick up the dust.

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Krista January 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I was going to try felt, too. I think if I spray it with pledge, the dust should stick. Felt is cheap and I have a ton if it. Its worth a shot, I think.

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Shannon January 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I have wanted to try making these since I re-pinned this about a year ago! I just haven’t gotten around to buying the fleece or microfiber cloth. I was going to try felt to see if that works since I have a ton of it, but I also wondered about flannel as I have a ton of that too.

Any idea on how flannel would work?

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Kimberlee January 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I would think that flannel would work better than felt. Let me know if you try it.

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Michele March 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I made these with microfiber towels from the dollar store but there was too much fluff & shedding. Has anyone tried fleece or flannel? Or something else?

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