Knitted Swiffer Cloths - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Knitted Swiffer Cloths

Nick and I are pretty big Swiffer-ers. We always had a Swiffer to clean our kitchen and bathroom, but now that we live in an apartment with only two carpeted rooms, we're getting a lot more use out of the Swiffer than we used to.

We've already purchased replacement cloths several times since we've moved to Pittsburgh and even though they aren't terribly expensive, in an effort to save some moolah and stop buying wasteful, single-use items, I've decided to knit washable, reusable Swiffer cloths to use instead!

So far I've only knitted one to use as our test subject and I am happy to report that it totally works! I used white yarn so that we could easily see how well the cloth worked at picking up dust and dirt. It definitely did it's job and I would say it cleans and picks up just as well as store-bought cloths, so I'm pretty excited.

Here's what you need!
- Cotton yarn in your choice of color (I used white Sugar 'n Cream brand yarn. It's 100% cotton and inexpensive)
- Knitting needles (I used size 8, 5.0 mm needles)
- Sewing Needle (The eye should be be large enough for your yarn)
- Scissors

Here's what you do! (Disclaimer: I am by no means a master knitter, nor can I read/write fancy knitting lingo, so this is what I did in the most basic terms)
- Cast on 22 stitches.
- Knit 1, purl 1 for your entire row (AKA ribbing). Repeat this until your ribbing is about 2.5-3" long. This ribbing will later be folded over to make the pockets that hold the cloth onto the Swiffer base.

- Knit an entire row. Repeat until the knitted portion of your cloth (not including the ribbing) is the length of your Swiffer base. This part will be the actual cloth that touches the floor.

- Knit 1, purl 1 (ribbing) again for an entire row. Repeat this until your ribbing is about 2.5-3" long. This is the other pocket that will hold the cloth onto the Swiffer.
- Cast off and tightly knot your yarn through a stitch.

- Fold the ribbed portion of your cloth over onto the knitted portion. Using your sewing needle and yarn, sew the sides together to make a pocket. Make sure you tightly knot your ends. Repeat with the other ribbed portion.
- Slip onto your Swiffer base and you're ready to clean! (... yay?!)

We've used and washed our cloth a few times now and it seems to be holding up pretty well. We've been washing it in cold water and letting it hang to dry. Another great thing about these knitted cloths is that you can use them as dry or wet cloths! For wet cleaning, just soak them in the cleaner of your choice, wring them out, and attach to your Swiffer!

I feel really great about having a reusable cloth and I definitely need to knit more ASAP. Sometimes on a heavy cleaning weekend we can go through multiple disposable cloths, so I'm happy to eliminate this wastefulness. Not to mention, a skein of yarn is only about $2-3 dollars, which isn't too shabby considering you can make a bunch of cloths with just one skein.

I realize that not everyone knows how to knit, so this isn't exactly a DIY project for anyone, but I've made this pattern super, super simple by only using a knit and a purl. Let's be real, cleaning is a total drag, so you really don't need to showcase your awesome knitting skills to make something that is going to end up getting disgusting anyway, right?

I'm sure this pattern could probably be translated for crocheting as well (but I don't know a single thing about crocheting so don't take my word for it)! If you don't know how to knit or crochet but would really enjoy having your own knitted Swiffer cloths, let me know and I'm sure we can strike up some sort of deal! :)

Happy cleaning!

xo, Sarah


  1. love my Swiffer this is so easy to make and saves a lot of money just wash them instead of throwing them out

    1. Agreed! Thanks for visiting our blog! - Sarah & Nick