Welcome to the first edition of Frugal Friday. Each week I will share a tip that I have found to be useful in my own life.
Here is one of my all-time favorites to kick us off!
I love my Swiffer Wet Jet but hate paying the price for refills. The Swiffer folk get you twice, as you have to continually purchase bottles of cleaning spray AND disposable pads. My solution? For the pads you can use old washcloths, or even purchase a pack of new ones because you'll be saving in the long run. Attach them with two rubber bands, then toss them in the washing machine (sans fabric softener to increase absorbency) when you are done. I actually prefer the washcloths to the pads.
As for the bottle of spray, this was a bit tricky to figure out. The top cannot be unscrewed without tearing up the bottle. So I tried poking a hole in the bottom of the container. The plastic is a bit thick, so it took a bit of effort...but it was well worth it! I started the hole with a box cutter and then shoved my knife sharpener in to make it round, just a bit bigger around than a pencil. Now I can just pour the cleaner of my choice into the small hole. Originally I tried to figure out a way to stop up the hole, but because I only refilled the bottle halfway I had no problem with water coming back out.
Another plus is that I can refill my bottle with my choice of cleaner, so for those who like to be "green" this can be a great option. Just beware of using water and baking soda or anything that might clog up the works.
One last thing. If you mop your kitchen and fifteen minutes your floor looks like this...sorry, I can't help ya. I've been there and about all you can do is pray for some self-control and thank God you are on the fast track to santification.