Aug 11, 2009

Handmade by Heather - Reusable Sweeper Pads

Do you use a floor sweeper with disposable dusting and mopping pads? I have one, too. One day I realized how much waste it created. Not only was I throwing away the disposable pads, but I also had to take the time to run the containers to the recycle bin. When it comes to recycle, reuse and reduce, I would rather have an item I can reuse than one that needs to be recycled (a process that consumes energy, etc.)

I try my best to be green, but with our budget the way it is, my biggest “green” concern is the dollar bills I’m trying to hold on to. So one day as I was strolling through the yarn section at the local craft supply store (my second home) I happened upon a really cool solution to my sweeper problem. Knitted sweeper covers. Woo hoo! Why didn’t I think of that? I grabbed the pattern, took it home, and altered it for crochet.

What I like most about my crocheted sweeper pads is that the single stitch crochet pattern I use creates lots of bumps and grooves. This traps dirt and scrubs with much less effort than the disposable covers. I make these pads in sets of two, one for sweeping and the other for mopping. When you’re finished, just pull the pads off and pop them in the wash. These puppies are made to last. I live in a townhouse designed for four with a kitchen built for one. So I have to sweep and mop often, and I’ve been using the same pair of sweeper pads for more than three months.

I think you’ll love these as much as I do, so I’m gonna share the love.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will win a set of two floor duster covers in green.

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