I was stuck in a bind yesterday. I was elbow deep in dirt and grime and up to my eyes in dirty laundry. In the thick of cleaning (and looking quite haggard I might add) I remembered "oh no I'm out of swiffer cleaner!!" I thought to myself how in the world am I going to mop since I'm sure as heck not getting cleaned up just to go to the store to buy cleaning solution. Enter what I thought was an original idea of refilling the Swiffer bottle with my own cleaning solution. I tried as hard as I could to get that darn cap off the bottle. It wasn't going to budge. Then I thought "I cannot be the only person to wonder about this" so I Googled it! Here is a video of how to take the cap off! Who knew it only took like 15 seconds in boiling water!?
It worked perfectly! Then I went in search for a homemade cleaning solution. I used my own concoction but loosely based on the one posted here. I had a smaller bottle to mix in which was only 12 oz and put in about 1/8 cup white vinegar and 1/2 tsp baby shampoo fill the rest of the bottle with warm water (not sure if it's important to be warm or not but I think it helped to dissolve the baby shampoo). It worked like a wonder! No streaking or anything on the tile floor! Linoleum looked good too.
Now seriously, I can't believe I bought these before now and didn't know I could do it myself!! I am going to use up the Costco size box of the pads that I bought back in Virginia but as soon as they are gone I'm going to use the tutorial here on turning a cloth baby diaper (I used them as burp cloths when Hayden was a baby) into a pad. Seems super easy! Or on Tipnut they have a whole slew of knitting and crochet patterns (which of course appeal to me! ha) Why spend money on things that you can make yourself! And so simply too! :) Hope this is helpful to you!