The beauty of housekeeping is that you can always find new ways to save money without affecting the quality of your results. If you think you’ve hit a snag on saving costs, you need to be a little creative.
Look at your mop, for instance. How much have you spent so far on replaceable mop pads? If you’re an aggressive cleaner, you probably go through a couple of mop pads every year. You could save money by making your reusable mop pads at home. If you don’t know how this guide will walk you through the process.
The Materials and Tools You Need
Like every other DIY, you need a few tools and materials to bring your reusable mop pads to life. Luckily, these are tools that you can easily find at home or the local store. What’s more, they are cheap and will make a good quality mop pad.
- Snap tool
- Metal snaps (small)
- Microfiber cloth
- Marker pen
If you’ve already spent time finding a great mop, you can use it as long as it has a flat base. If you don’t have one, you should consider getting one. Just make sure it has a flat base.
Microfiber cloths are often preferred because of their numerous benefits. To get started on your home-made microfiber reusable pad, start by laying the microfiber cloth on the floor face down. Place the flat base of the mop at the center of the cloth and use a marker pen to mark around the edges of the cloth. Make sure you leave a few inches of cloth all around the base because you want the cloth to fold over the top of the mop base.
Once you’re done marking, you can use your scissors to cut along the lines. Don’t forget to leave ample allowance for the cloth toe fold over, or the mop pad won’t work.
Once you have your microfiber cloth evened out, the next step is to secure it onto the base. For this, you need to use the snap tool to add plastic snaps to one side of the cloth. For a firm grip and to ensure the cloth stays on. Add about six snaps on either side. You can leave about ½” from the ends and 1” between the snaps.
Add accompanying snaps on the other side of the cloth as well. The two snaps should coincide. To make sure everything is in the right position, you can use a ruler. Keeping the snaps aligned will give the final mop pad a neat and organized look and a firm grip.
All that is left is to place the base of the mop around your newly home-made mop pad and snap the cloth into place. Your new reusable mop pad is ready to go.
When you want to clean the mop, all you have to do is remove the pad, give it a thorough clean and snap it back onto the mop.
How to Make Reusable Mop Pads without a Microfiber Cloth
If you’re the frugal kind and want to save as much as possible, it’s possible to customize your mop using items around the house to save even more.
Making a reusable mop pad with dishcloths
Dishcloths are highly absorbent and easy to work with, which is why they make an excellent mop material.
For this to work, you need to have a mop with a base and, hopefully, some worn out pads. This will provide ample support for the cloth.
The process of making the mop pad out of dishcloths is the same as using a microfiber cloth. You will need to add the snaps to secure the cloth in place and ensure the cloth doesn’t come off as you clean.
Making reusable mop pads out of old towels
You could also put those old towels to some good use. Instead of throwing them out, you can repurpose them into reusable mop pads. This is a great idea if you have some old microfiber towels. If you don’t, that’s okay. You can use practically any type of towel but opt for thicker varieties for better absorption.
Similar to using a microfiber cloth, start by laying out the old towel under the mop base and use a marker pen to mark out the edges of the towel. If you have several towels, try the different sizes to see which one fits best with minimal wastage.
For towels, adding a Velcro pad provides a firm grip compared to snaps. You only need to add the Velcro straps to the corners of the towel. When you fold over the towel over the base of the mop, the Velcro straps will hold the towel in place as you clean.
Making reusable mop pads out of old t-shirts
Those old t-shirts can also make great mop pads. The only challenge is, you have to find t-shirts that are significantly larger than the base of your mop.
Once you pick the right t-shirt, place the mop base near the collar of the t-shirt, so it lines up with the sleeves since this is the widest part of the t-shirt.
Converting your t-shirts to mop pads can be tedious because of the multiple layers of the shirt. To tame this, you can use pins. Use a permanent marker to outline the shirt then use a pair of scissors to cut along the outline. Unlike towels and dishcloths, you need to sew the ends of the t-shirt to keep the layers in place.
You can decide to use snaps or Velcro or tuck the ends of the t-shirt into the base. The remaining pieces can be used as cloths or rags around the house.
Making a reusable wet mop pad
Making a reusable damp mop pad is no different from making a dry mop. To make the wet mop, you only need to soak the material in the appropriate cleaning solution before you attach it to the mop.
While commercial microfiber pads are great to have around the house, you can also make your reusable pad at home. It’s easy and cost-efficient and will ensure you can keep your home clean even when you’re strapped for cash a good mop will save you the trouble of vacuuming frequently as well which can help to save on energy costs.