Monday, April 2, 2012

So Long Swiffer

For the sake of honesty, I'm about to share something so horrible, so vile, and so disturbing that it may cause some to stay awake tonight.

For that, I am sorry.

But, it will be very comforting to know that I won't be alone.

See, I have dogs. Two of them to be exact. 

Maisie and Molly.

Champion shedders.

What that means for us is a lot of vacuuming. Or a lot of dollars spent on those little paper hair magnets that attach to the end of a Swiffer. Which translates to a lot of money spent to keep said dog hair out of my gluten-free cereal bowl. 

Until now.

Thanks to another Pinterest cheapskate enthusiast , I decided to try my hand at making my own reusable Swiffer pads. But unlike the other pinner, mine doesn't require any sewing. 

Which is just fine with me.

It leaves me more time for therapy, which is what I'll need after seeing the yuck on my floor.

After it was cleaned by Mr. Swiffer and his box of $10 slacker pads.

Poke the micro-fiber towel into the holes used for gripping the paper pads.

Here's what you need:

1 micro-fiber towel (I bought a 4-pack for $3.00 at a hardware store.)
1 Swiffer Sweeper tool (found in the back of most broom closets)
The soundtrack to *Mama Mia! 
 Double shot of espresso: optional

My dining room floor after the original Swiffer pad went through.
Even though I was thoroughly icked out, I had to take it one step further.

I went outside for a better look.

After I finish my therapy session of Key Lime Pie, I'll be sleeping with a light on tonight. 

Just in case the dust bunnies decide to retaliate.


Candy C. said...

Gotta love those pets, shedding hair and all! Good tip using the microfiber towels!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Gah! I am glad I read through to the end...i thought one of your dogs was named Swiffer and you were going to tell us of his horrible demise!

Carolyn Renee said...

I'd swiff my bedroom floor and show you what dirty REALLY looks like, but the camera would be instantly clogged up from all the dust that escaped the swiffer if I were to get close enough to take a picture.

Three cats & a beagle. That's all I can say.

Valerie said...

What a good idea! Thanks for the tip. :) Pretty sad when a product you "think" is doing just fine ends up not doing a bit of good...AND costing you money to boot! I'll be trying this today. THANK YOU!!!

Susan said...

I'll see your two dogs and raise you one dog and three cats! Yes, you are not alone. As a matter of fact, I'm downright jealous of the LACK of ick on your floors! Clever use of micro cloths!

loralie said...

I read in a magazine that dust bunnies are not dangerous.

MamaTea said...

Well, if that isn't disturbing. I think you should send this post to those slacker swiffer people and tell them they better man up and make something awesome-er. Or not, because you've already figured out something awesom-er.

And I too thought you had a dog named Swiffer and I was going to start the morning out sobbing. But I'm glad to know that the post was just about Slacker Swiffer and his inability to perform. :)