CHEAP SWIFFER HACKS
Swiffers and the like make traditional mops seem positively archaic. This new breed is defined by disposable cleaning pads and self-contained cleaning chemicals. Goodbye, dunking, ringing, and swishing around. It's an efficient system, for sure -- and a boon to apartment dwellers who lack space for a mop and pail -- but "Swiffering" doesn't come cheap.The original Swiffer Sweeper ($13 for a starter kit) uses a dry disposable cloth to pick up hair and dust and a wet disposable pad for grime. The WetJet ($24 for a starter kit) sprays proprietary cleaning solution and wipes up dirt with a disposable cleaning pad. Because the pads generally are used just once, costs and waste quickly mount. Ahead of spring cleaning, here are seven environmentally friendly and inexpensive hacks for cleaning floors quickly without the constant need to replenish Swiffer cleaning pads.