Stop buying Swiffer pads. Try these 8 brilliant ideas instead

If you've ever doubted that crochet can be a practical skill, then you'll love these eight ways to save your dollars by creating your own reusable, washable mop pads.
As you can use oddments of yarn for these little beauties, the';re not only great stash-busting ideas, clearing out your cupboards of unused yarn, but they'll cost you only cents. They'll also help to conserve the planet's resources and are a super-quick and satisfying crochet project into the bargain. Don't forget to pick an easy-care, wash-friendly yarn that won't shrink — cotton or acrylic-polyester mixes are perfect.
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1. Quick and thick sweeper cover
This fabulous design from Left in Knots is made in a super chunky polyester yarn which is machine washable and can be tumble dried. The large loops are a great touch for collecting up all those dust bunnies.
2. The Swifter Swiffer Cover
This gorgeous Ravelry pattern looks almost too beautiful to be used for a mop. Copy this by using a variegated yarn to add a touch of glamour, but if you only have plain yarns on hand, your floor won't mind.
3. Bobble Swiffer cover
This attractive mop cover from Candle in the Night uses puff stitches to give plenty of cleaning texture for a gleaming floor.
4. Swiffer cozy
This lovely cover from Ellie Smallcombe on Ravelry solves the problem of what to do if your mop is not a standard size — clever ties make fitting it to any shaped head a cinch.
5. SWoofer
This niftily-named SWoofer gets its texture from plenty of half double crochet stitches, meaning it makes short work of your floors and doesn't take long to make either.
6. Textured Swiffer cover
This pretty-in-pink Swiffer cover is created using front and back post double crochet stitches, giving lots of standout texture for added cleaning power.
7. Reversible Swiffer sock
This brilliant Swiffer sock has one side for mopping and one for dusting. The dusting side features crochet loops, while the other face remains smooth. You'll be gliding through both jobs with ease with this on your mop.
8. Swiffer Mary Jane
Another adjustable idea for those difficult-to-fit mops, this one features cunning Mary Jane straps which hold your cleaning pad securely in place.
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