Almost every adult has one specific item in their household. It takes up space, and they think it needs to be thrown away. But for some reason, they keep it wherever they keep it. In my household, I keep this item in my broom closet. It’s my Swiffer broom attachment that I hardly ever used until I moved.
The pads are uber-expensive and don’t work worth a crap in my house. They’ll pick up all the hair and small dust bunnies, but they won’t touch the multiple layers of crumbs that seem to get missed. I don’t even use the wet pads. They don’t last very long. Just to do the kitchen and dining room in my old house took nearly five pads. The price tag versus the use didn’t even out.
My broom attachment has sat forlorn and heartbroken in the back of the closet behind its bristled counterparts. I’ve done my research reading and testing out different ways it can be become a multi-use tool in my cleaning arsenal. And I’ve figured out how to make that one attachment into a multi-in-one.
You see the 3-in-1, or the 4-in-1. My Swiffer attachment has become a multi-in-one. I’ve found several uses for that little skinny green beauty.
I found a different use for the three boxes of Swiffer sweep pads I have accumulated. I use them as dusters rather than shell out the money for the other Swiffer products.
Attach one to the tool and attack the cobwebs in the corners of the ceilings and to dust your ceiling fans. This is wonderful for those of the smaller persuasion, like me. I have nine-foot ceilings, and I barely top out at five feet even. I also have a soul shattering fear of heights.
Keep the pad on and gently brush off debris into a trash can. Pull it off, flip over, and reattach it. Your pads get a second life.
2. Wall cleaner
If you have an issue with grimy fingers are painted walls, dip a soft, microfiber rag into a solution of hot water and dish soap. Twist the water out as if you were joking your bastard ex’s neck, and then attach to the attachment.
Start attacking those fingerprints and other unknown items.
I hate mopping. And when I say I hate it, I mean, I’d rather have my kids pull out my hair one strand at a time while listening to Barney over and over.
I’ve cleaned my floors, all different kinds of ways. On my hands and knees. With a string mop and bucket. With a sponge mop and bucket. I’ve used several chemicals.
This was my first foray into figuring out that attachment. I have some rags that I made out of hole-infested and stained T-shirts. And as everyone knows, cotton is extremely absorbent. I also had some fleece rags made out of old baby blankets.
So, what’s a partial crunchy mama to do?
During the kids’ nap one day, I whipped out the attachment and put one of those recycled rags on it. I already knew my homemade all-purpose cleaner was good at cleaning up messed off the floor.
I sprayed the floor down and wiped it up as if I were mopping. To do my bedroom, the hallway, the living room, dining room, and kitchen took me approximately 15 minutes once I figured out the trick.
It now takes me 15 minutes to mop all of those rooms with replacing the rag once. I usually change it out once the other one becomes damp, close to being wet.
4. Shower scrubber
The attachment works great for beating back the soap scum if you’re like me and forget weekly cleanings of the bathroom for a month at a time.
Create a paste of baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide. Spread over the surface and let sit for five minutes.
Attach a terry cloth rag or a microfiber towel with a scrub side.
Start at the top of the enclosure and work your way to the bottom. Remember to wash off the cloth every so often.
Once you’re finished, rinse down your tub and spray it with a mixture of straight vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
The vinegar will help combat mold, mildew. The alcohol will help disinfect.
5. Baseboard duster
This is a job that can either be done wet or dry. Take an old dryer sheet and attach it. Go to town with its dusting your baseboards.
If they’re looking a little grimy, make a mixture of warm water, vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap. Drop in your rag, and then ring it like your ex’s neck again. You want it lightly damp, not dripping.
Attach it and scrub at the baseboards. Don’t forget to scrub at the tops where the dust can collect.
This also works great for crown molding if you have any.
No Swiffer pads, no problem
But…but…but I don’t have any Swiffer broom pads. No problem.
I read somewhere about using different socks as your pads, and I had to try it. Digging through all of my mismatched or one lonely sock basket, I found two chenille socks, a dress sock, and one of those hospital socks with the grip bottom. Let me tell you right now, the grip one doesn’t work.
The best one to use were the chenille socks. I never wear them anyways, because they make my feet too hot.
You can buy chenille socks at your local dollar store or big box store that sells clothing. It doesn’t matter what color or how they look. The one I tested was black with a hot pink heel and foot with purple polkadots. So, have fun with it and use a zebra print to tackle those bunnies.
Here’s how to attach the sock:
Open the sock and slip it over one side of the pad.
Gather it onto that side.
Pull the sock across the bottom of the attachment.
Pull it over the other side.
Voila! Swiffer pad.
Now get to sweeping. This doesn’t work for those huge crumbs, but it’s great for the daily sweeping conundrum.