The Swiffer dusters are specially designed mops with replaceable dusting pads. The pads attract dirt and dust and sweep them up from hard floor surfaces. Usually you purchase a Swiffer Duster handle and replacement pads. But you can make your own Swiffer duster replacement pads and save money. Basically the pads are made out of microfiber cloth that gives them their dust attracting qualities.


You’ll need a few large pieces of microfiber cloth, a sewing needle with thread, scissors, and a Swiffer Duster handle. You can easily get microfiber cloth from discount cleaning supply stores or arts and crafts stores. 


Cut 2 pieces of microfiber cloth into 4 inch by 6 inch pieces. Cut 2 more pieces of microfiber cloth into 8 inch by 8 inch pieces. This gives you a total of 4 pieces of cloth for each swiffer pad. Repeat this for each additional pad you want to make. It is useful to make a few at a time so you have extras on hand when cleaning.


Place to two larger pieces of microfiber cloth flat on a table. Place one of the small pieces of cloth on top of each of the larger pieces. Use a needle and thread line to sew each small piece to the top of each large piece. Make sure it is sewn in the center with one thread line. This means the small piece’s edges will hang loosely when the large cloth segment is picked up.


Put one of the completed sewn pieces face down so that the smaller piece is on the bottom. Place the other completed piece on top of the first piece so that the smaller cloth segment of the second piece is facing upwards.


Sew these two segments together. Start the stitch slightly to the left side of the center of the pieces. Stitch up towards the top and back down on a slight angle to form a semi-circle (or half-circle) stitch. When completed the stitching half circle should leave a 6 inch high opening between the two pieces. 


Example of a Homemade Swiffer Duster PadCredit: By Fix 1998 (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Slip the end of the Swiffer duster handle in the 6 inch opening between the sewn together pieces. Use scissors to cut random and jagged cuts all around the edge of the pieces to make dust collection easier. When finished the cloth should have small flaps of cloth hanging off from the cuts.


Replace the dust pad when it is covered with dust and dirt. Keep in mind that you can actually reuse your homemade Swiffer duster pads a few times if you clean them after each use.

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