Cleaning floors has always been a tedious and messy chore. So, when Swiffers, Wet Jets and other innovative mops and sweepers hit the market, customers were thrilled to use something lighter and simpler to keep their floors looking good.
The problem with these cleaning tools is that you don’t get much use out of the disposable covers that go over the mop heads. This means that you have to replace them regularly — and the costs of those refills add up. Plus, those dirty, discarded covers get tossed into landfills after you use them, which isn’t great for the environment.
As an eco-friendly and budget-minded alternative, did you know you can make your own sweeper covers that can be reused by simply tossing them in the wash when they get dirty?
All it takes is a little basic crochet skill and you can stitch up a colorful collection of these handy covers!
There are a wide variety of patterns available on Etsy that will show you how to make your own reusable sweeper covers, like the collection above from ShadyCreekFarmNC.
For only $3, you can purchase the crochet pattern, which is delivered to you as a PDF file. You’ll also have access to a video tutorial to help you complete the cover, which will fit a sweeper head that measures 10 inches by 4.5 inches.
If you want a free pattern, we found some great tutorials on YouTube to guide you in making your own duster cover, including this one from The Crochet Crowd, which offers the downloadable instructions along with the video tutorial.
For this pattern, you only need to know three basic stitches: chain stitch, single crochet and slip stitch. This is the perfect project for a beginner crocheter!
You will want to use cotton yarn because it will hold up well in a washing machine and through multiple uses on the mop head.
So, grab a ball of your favorite cotton yarn and a crochet hook, and get ready to make some cute cleaning supplies!