DIY - Reusable Swiffer duster from an old t-shirt

diy low- and zero-waste tutorials upcycling Apr 23, 2021

Mr Zen loves his Swiffer when he is dusting, because it can reach under things and get into awkward places without having to move a whole lot of objects. And I love it when Mr Zen dusts!

But I was a bit concerned by the waste produced by these ‘refillable’ dusters, and I wanted to make something that had less of an environmental impact.

So I decided to make my own Swiffer covers, which can be easily put in the wash when they get dirty.

Here's how to make them.

  1. Layer your fabrics six times (I used an old t-shirt)

  2. Measure 4.5 x 8 inches rectangle and cut.

  3. Using a fabric marker draw lines 1.5, 2.2.5, 3 inches (one middle line and three quarters of an inch either side)

4. Sew along these lines, leaving an inch space from the base (this helps the cloth fit snuggly on the Swiffer frame)

5. Cut fringe along both side edges. I cut mine about 1/2 inch widths.

Et voila! A reusable Swiffer duster.

Hi, I'm Kate!

I am a strong believer in starting where you are and using what you have, wherever and whatever that may be.

Everyone should get to experience the joy of connecting to others through learning, experimenting, and creating.

Creativity doesn’t have to be expensive or wasteful. Whether we’re using natural materials, reusing materials, or shopping our own stashes first, creating mindfully goes beyond being present in the moment - it extends to being mindful of our environment and the other communities around us, too.