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June 11, 2009 — Today’s Way: It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I really feel sad for the mop in those commercials when it gets kicked out in favor of a new shiny Swiffer.  Poor little guy, left out in the cold, while that nasty Swiffer sits all cozy like in the warm closet indoors.  Okay, it also makes me cringe to think of how many “disposable” Swiffer sheets are being used once and then tossed into the landfill (for a more eco-friendly approach, you can make your own reusable sheets).  To tell the truth, nothing new or shiny can take away my love for our good old cotton mop.  It just plain works better.  Yes, it does mean that—Ewwwwww!—I may have to actually touch the mophead every now and then to take it off and wash it in the laundry, but it has proven itself to be an indomitable foe for just about every kind of scuff and spill and stain that it encounters, and with some of the clever built-in twisting models, or if you have one of those nice squeezers for your mop bucket, you don’t even have to ever touch the yucky mophead (except to launder it).  But best of all, it’s also not contributing to the mountains of trash that are piling up across our great land, filled with “disposable” swiffing sheets or sponge cartridges.

April 12, 2009–Today’s Way: For those of you who have embraced the Swiffer dry sweeping technology but feel concerned about how wasteful their disposable cloths are, there’s a really quick and simple way to make them more eco-friendly.  All you need is some felt, found at any craft or fabrics store, and a pair of scissors–there’s not even any sewing required.  Take one of the disposable swiffer cloths, lay it onto the felt as a template, and cut the felt to size.  It’s a good idea to cut several pieces from the felt so you can rotate them in use.  Then, simply attach the felt as you do the disposable cloths to your sweeper and sweep away!  One benefit of using the felt is that you can flip it over and use the other side when one side becomes dirty.  When you’re finished, remove the felt, shake any excess dirt or debris into the trash and then toss the felt into the laundry for reuse later.   You’ll save some cash and at the same time, keep Swiffer disposables out of the trash!

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