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6 Things Everyone Who Owns a Swiffer Needs to Know

Chances are you know how to use a Swiffer—but did you know about these useful hacks?

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You can buy reusable pads

If you’re making an effort to create less waste, you might not like the idea of using a new pad with your Swiffer every time you clean. Luckily, there are Swiffer-compatible reusable microfiber pads you can buy for cheap, and they can be used wet or dry and simply tossed in the washing machine between cleaning sessions. Make sure you know these 8 things you should never clean with a Swiffer.

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Use them for painting prep

When you’re preparing to paint the walls in your home, it’s important to clean them first to ensure the paint sticks properly. This can be a tedious task when done by hand, but your Swiffer will make it a whole lot easier. Just attach a dry pad, then use the mop to remove dust and dirt from your walls in long, sweeping motions. When painting, keep in mind these 10 colors you shouldn’t have in your home.

Close-up of dust adhering to the electrostatic pad of a Swiffer cleaning device from conglomerate Proctor and Gamble in a home interior setting, San Ramon, California, April 18, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Dry pads aren’t one-and-done

Because Swiffer dry pads pick up dust, dirt, and hair using an electrostatic charge, you can actually use them for longer than you might think. After a cleaning session, you can pull large clumps of dirt or lint off the pad, then use the pad again next time. Alternatively, you can simply flip the pad over and use the reverse side! To become a home-cleaning expert, learn the 13 secrets of people who always have a clean home.

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Don’t use wet pads on all hard surfaces

Swiffer wet pads are ideal for cleaning hardwood floors, and while they are safe to use on finished hardwoods, linoleum, and tile, there are several surfaces where you shouldn’t use these cleaning pads. In particular, the brand says wet pads aren’t for use on unfinished, oiled or waxed wooden boards, non-sealed tiles, or carpeted floors. Here’s how to avoid these other 11 ways you’ve been cleaning your kitchen all wrong.

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They’re great for dealing with bugs

Here’s a convenient Swiffer hack for handling unwanted bugs in your home: If there’s a spider or other bug on the wall or ceiling, your Swiffer’s long handle and flat head lets you smush the pest without getting too close. Have a lot of spiders? This simple hack will keep spiders out of your home.

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Use fuzzy socks as dust cloths

If you run out of dry Swiffer pads, you can use a fuzzy sock as an alternative in a pinch. Just stretch the sock over the mop head, and the fabric will work similarly to a regular pad, attracting dust and hair using its static charge. Finally a use for all those unmatched socks! Next, check out these 16 cleaning hacks from professional housecleaners.

Originally Published on Taste of Home