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One of the most difficult cleaning jobs that we have around the home is the floors. There have been many innovations over the years that have promised to make it easier, but most of them left us wanting more. That was, until Swiffers and similar items entered the market, making it easier for us to keep our floors looking spick-and-span.

Although Swiffers are fantastic, most people would admit that the big problem with them is that the disposable covers don’t last very long. You have to replace them and you have to pay in order to do so. You might even feel a little guilty throwing them away, knowing they are going to end up in the landfill.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly and frugal friendly option, you can make your own covers that you can throw in the wash and continue to use over and over again. You need a few skills as far as crocheting is concerned, but before long, you will have plenty of these covers on hand.

Etsy offers a number of patterns that help you to make your own covers. Purchasing the crochet pattern will cost you $3, and it is delivered in the form of a PDF file. A video tutorial will also walk you through the process and before you know it, you will have made your first one and be well on your way to making more.

YouTube also offers a number of tutorials, including the following:

You will need to learn three crochet patterns, the chain stitch, single crochet, and slipknot. Not only is it simple, but it’s also practical. Just make sure that you use cotton because it will do better in the washing machine and on the Swiffer than other yarns.