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  • #159552

    Zora
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    The supply of Swiffer dust wipes that my summer houseguest left behind her is gone, and the Swiffer handle is starting to fall apart, after only a few months of use. I’d like to replace the Swiffer with something sturdier, with covers I can wash and reuse.

    I live in Hawai’i. What can I buy that will do the job without costing the earth? I accept that I may have to mail-order it.

  • #195329

    Swiffer-like duster?

    Rubbermaid has one that looks much sturdier than the swiffer and has washable pads that can be reused:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YHF4AC/

  • #195367

    meghank
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    Swiffer-like duster?

    Just get a real dust mop. You can then wash the head if you like and it works just as well as a swiffer. They cost maybe 5 bucks

  • #195369

    luxcat
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    Swiffer-like duster?

    I safety pin a microfiber cloth (also used for other tasks, I keep about 5 around) to my sponge mop. Makes the sponge mop a multi-tasker.

  • #195370

    irishbell
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    Swiffer-like duster?

    I’ll add o’cedar to the list of makers of dust mops with washable microfiber pads.
    I use an almond oil type thing to clean and shine my hardwood floors.
    Looks great AND smells great!

  • #195373

    bandicoot
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    i’ve got SABCO mop from the supermarket (aka dead cheap)….every couple of years or so, i buy a new microfibre pad for it (again, not an expensive refill).
    day to day it washes up like new and works really well without any floor cleaning products.

  • #195375

    Zora
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    I did some online research. I’m going to see if I can find the 0’Cedar hardwood floor dust mop locally. Apparently it uses the same tech as the Vileda system that is said to be quite popular in Canada. Plus I can order extra pads online for only $6 apiece.

    I want pads and not fluffy fringy covers.

    In the meantime, my roommate (he’s a sweetie!) bought two month’s worth of Swiffer dust wipes for $10 at Costco, so I have two months to come up with an alternative.

  • #195376

    pkilmain
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    Swiffer-like duster?

    Zora – happy to hear you have a roommate again.

  • #195377

    bandicoot
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    ditto what pkilmain said!

  • #195378

    Zora
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    He’s smart, he’s gay, he’s employed and solvent, he washes his dishes, he cleans up after himself in the bathroom — and we enjoy talking to each other.

  • #195380

    bandicoot
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    could he be any more perfect?

    it’s great living with somebody you can really get along with.
    makes home so much more…home.

  • #195384

    Periwinkle
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    There’s a couple of pointers here about making reusable stuff instead of disposable: http://lifehacker.com/5850233/make-washable-swiffer-wetjet-pads-out-of-socks

  • #195398

    STLMom
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    Swiffer-like duster?

    Flylady sells a dust mop that uses a washable pad:
    http://flylady.net/pages/FlyShop_mop.asp
    I haven’t tried this product, but I have been happy with other items I’ve purchased from the website.
    Personally, I use my old Swiffer mop with some microfiber rags that just happen to fit almost perfectly. I have learned that not all microfiber is alike — it does seem to pay off to buy the nicer, more expensive rags.

  • #195417

    Zora
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    Hey, that Flylady dust mop looks good. The pads are cheap too.

  • #195419

    bandicoot
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    i’ll second STLmom’s microfibre observation.
    there is great microfibre that lasts and lasts.
    and there is rubbish microfibre that isn’t worth the effort of carrying it home.

  • #195444

    Mimi
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    i did a research and found this:
    http://www.fingermop.com/ it´s from vileda (–> good quality)and i think it´s availiable in the US.

    the more expensive solution is the dirt devil evo, a robot that uses swiffer pads or microfiber rags. http://www.amazon.de/Dirt-Devil-EVO-Swiffer-Wischer/dp/B0045I7FE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319467735&sr=8-1 oh i wish it was cheaper *sigh*

  • #195445

    Zora
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    The Fingermop doesn’t seem to be available in the US, only in the UK and Canada. The Dirt Devil Evo seems to be a knockoff of the Roomba (which would be fun, but which I also cannot afford).

  • #195462

    Julia
    Member

    Swiffer-like duster?

    I bought a fairly generic lightweight (not much heavier than a Swiffer) mop and two microfiber, two-sided covers. I spray the cover lightly with plain water or water with a drop or two of essential oils. Has held up well in my all-wood-floor house. I think I got it at Bed Bath/Beyond or Target, but I do remember it was only $20 for the mop.

  • #195464

    Anonymous

    Swiffer-like duster?

    Zora, so happy to hear you found a great roommate!

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