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SUCH a strong smell!
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Date: 1/29/09 11:05 AM

I don't do disposable if I can help it, but have been given one of these things at work. Aside from disliking the disposable part of it, the perfume in the bottle of cleaning stuff is enough to knock me out. With allergies like mine, I really hate to add more to the chemical load going into my poor nose.

Has anyone had any luck making a replacement fluid for the bottle? Something a little greener and less smelly like vinegar and water?

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Date: 1/29/09 11:07 AM

If you're using it on wood floors, vinegar & water is perfect. TIf more than wood floors, just plain water should do. I can't use any of those perfumed products like that for the same reasons. I dust with damp cloth diapers and that's all.

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Date: 1/29/09 2:39 PM

There are lots of recipes online for homemade floor juice...unfortunately, my laptop is in the shop and doing much more than simple replies on my iPod is dang near impossible. Try Googling "homemade Swiffer" or something similar, tho. I do think, however, that most do include vinegar, since it's highly touted for it's non-toxic cleaning abilities.

As for the container itself, there are also some links that explain how to go about that, but most say that over time you will develop leaks. Apparently, the Clorox people have thought to make their version of the Swiffer easily refillable.

I love my Swiffer (!!!) but I, too, hate the disposable part...and they're not cheap! I've been checking into this myself and plan to experiment w/ some of these recipes. I still have some Swiffer juice left, so I haven't yet. I also picked up a 20-pack of microfiber towels on clearance at Target last week for $6.50. I tested one dry to sweep and it worked great...probably better than the disposables. I plan to make up some "wet" pads that I can machine wash after using, save my pennies, and save my little corner of the landfill. Yet another reason to be thankful I sew!

I wish I could help you more specifically (sorry), but I at least wanted to let you know that there ARE alternatives out there.

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Date: 1/29/09 2:55 PM

I recently go something like this for my mom. She has all wood floors and dragging out a bucket and sponge mop didn't make sense. The microfiber pad can be used damp as well. Best of all isn't a throw away product.



I found it at Target and they had a selection of several brands.

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Date: 1/30/09 9:05 AM

I don't have a Swiffer wet mop, but I have the basic Swiffer. To use it, I spray the floor and then wipe with the mop. I use old cut-up towels or rags to cover the mop.

My recipe for all-purpose cleaning solution:

In a 32-oz spray bottle (I highly recommend the ZEP spray bottles at Home Depot--others just don't last) mix--

8 oz vinegar
1 tsp dishwashing liquid
Then fill most of the the rest of the bottle with water to make 32 oz. of cleaning solution.

I have a bottle of this in the kitchen and a bottle in the bathroom. The solution is great for wiping counters and the stove, as well as my vinyl floors. I think it actually cleans better than the store-bought cleaners.

I don't have wood floors so I don't know if it's safe for wood.

BTW, I liked using the disposable Swiffer wet cloths but I stopped using them because I noticed that my vinyl kitchen floor was developing a yellow film on it from the Swiffer solution. And you're right, that smell is really strong.

ETA: I didn't make up that cleaning recipe. I found it online with a Google search, a while back. I think it's a basic formula that's probably been in use for decades.
-- Edited on 1/30/09 9:06 AM --

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Date: 1/30/09 9:39 AM

I have wood floors and use something very similar. Use it on tile, too! Actually, I just use vinigar and water!

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Date: 1/30/09 10:51 AM

Thanks everyone. I think I'll just use up the first bottle and refill it with a vinegar/water solution.

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