5 Minute Reusable Swiffer Cover DIY (No-Sew!)

I love the look of the dark wood floors we have in our home, but let me tell you that they are a bit high-maintenance to clean. It’s not that they need special products or anything, it’s just that the dark color shows dust and dirt a lot easier than a lighter colored floor would, so I feel like we are on constant vacuum patrol at our house. Having something like a Swiffer-type duster can really help do a quick dusting around a room (and the long handled dusters are great for getting under couches and beds, etc.), but I wanted to make a few fast reusable Swiffer covers since we are trying to have less disposable products in the house and this is an easy way to make a quick no-sew version! 
Supplies:
-fleece fabric (make sure to get a fleece that won’t fray when cut)
stick-on velcro strips for fabric
-fabric scissors
rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat (optional)
Cut out a rectangle of fabric that is 10″ x 12.5″ (you can fold the fabric in half to cut two at once).On the 10″ wide sides, cut a 3″ x 3″ square at the middle point of each side.Center your Swiffer on the middle of your pad. Cut 2 pieces of the loop side of the velcro and 2 pieces of the hook side that are both 3.5″ long. Leave the left side flaps of your cover flat on the table or mat, peel off the backing, and place your loop strips 1/2″ from the edge. Fold over your right side flaps onto your Swiffer and place your hook side strips in the spot right where the loop strip will hit when folded over. Repeat with as many covers as you want to have and that’s it! Now it’s time to get dusting!You can either dust with this dry, or do a few very light mists of a cleaner onto the pad before dusting as well. I usually like to dust until the pad is pretty covered and then pick off all the big clumps of dust, throw them away, and keep dusting until I’m done (which is the same thing I do with the disposable pads as well).

While I think the fleece does a good job at picking up dust and is great for a no-sew option since it doesn’t fray when cut, if you don’t mind a little sewing and wanted to make this with terrycloth or a microfiber that is a better fabric for grabbing dust, just do the following: cut 2 of the same shape with a 1/4″ added around the perimeter, sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ gap, turn your cover right-side out through the gap and hand sew the gap closed and press with an iron. Then just add the velcro strips as usual and you’ll have a sewed version with a different fabric!

I would wash these fleece covers on warm (dry on low or air dry), but make sure to stick the velcro tabs together before washing so the hooks don’t grab at the fabric or other items while being washed. There you go—an easy way to make a reusable dusting option and keep those dust bunnies at bay! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Genius timing! I’m definitely making some of these. Last night I was pushing a wash cloth around my kitchen floor with the end of our swiffer-type mop like a hot mess. Ha!

  • I love this idea but I’ve been reading a lot about the damage fleece and microfibre does to our environment as a result of going through the washing machine.

    I’d recommend a natural fiber fabric? Would it work the same?

    It’s something I’m still learning about but wanted to caution you because I see more microfibre DIYs popping up here and if you’re concerned about toxicity in makeup products this is something you might want to do more research on. Like how these particular fibers can poison the food chain. Apparently it’s like shredding plastic water bottles into tiny pieces and dumping them into the waterways.

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2091876/patagonias-new-study-finds-fleece-jackets-are-serious-pollutant

    • You are so right Tanya. My grandma knits us Swiffer covers and we love them + don’t feel so guilty when using them. They work really well too!

      • Oh good thenI. I make knitted 100% cotton dishrags. There is no reason those would not work on my Swiffer! Just poke the edges into the little slits just the same as the disposable ones! genius!

        • are Acrylic Yarns good to use? those are the common yarns available to me, although I also have mercerized cotton yarns, the acrylic yarns are bulkier and may be easier to make into a rag.

    • Thanks for the thought Tanya! Yes, you can use different materials to make this like I mention at the end, you would just use a fleece if you wanted a no-sew option 🙂

      Laura

  • I was JUST thinking yesterday that I’d like a more eco-friendly option for using on my Swiffer, and especially a non-toxic version for the wet ones. Definitely going to make some of these soon!

  • Came to read this post, excited that it would be something I could make…and then remembered I don’t even have a swiffer sweeper. So. Gotta get one and then revisit this post!

  • THANK YOU for sharing this! We finally caved and got a Swiffer and I was so dismayed at how much waste we were generating–this is the perfect solution. Love the increased focus on sustainable/eco-friendly solutions!

  • Can’t you avoid bothering with the velcro and just push the fabric into the Swiffer push holes?

  • Is there a reason why fleece was chosen over a microfiber cloth?

    • Yep, like I said, microfiber would pick up better but you’d have to sew it as I mention at the end. The microfiber will fray unless sewn…

      Laura

  • I love the idea of using a piece of microfiber fabric as a reuseable Swiffer pad. I have been knitting some from 100% cotton yarn and always in white so I can bleach them clean. I also have dark (Brazilian cherry wood laminate) hardwood floors and 2 white dogs – one who sheds like a cheap Halloween wig so I am always sweeping, swiffering or vacuuming.
    Thank you for the great tip.

  • 🙂 What a great idea!
    I’m so sick and tired of all the disposable sheets – this is excellent!
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

  • Genius! This DIY could not have come at a more perfect time for me. I had just run out of disposables and refused to buy more because of the chemicals and waste. I made a few of these and they are working out fabulously for my household of shedders (canine and human alike 🙂