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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 trying to reduce waste, you might not use a new pad with your Swiffer every time you clean. Luckily, there are Swiffer-compatible reusable microfiber pads you can buy cheaply. They can be used wet or dry and simply tossed in the washing machine between cleaning sessions. (Here’s why you shouldn’t put them in the dryer, though.)

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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 tedious 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.

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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 with an electrostatic charge, you can actually use them longer than you might think. After a cleaning session, pull large clumps of dirt or lint off the pad, then reuse next time. Or you can flip the pad over and use the other side!

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Don’t Use Wet Pads on All Hard Surfaces

Swiffer wet pads are ideal for cleaning hardwood floors. Though they are safe for finished hardwoods, linoleum and tile, there are several surfaces where you shouldn’t use them. The brand says wet pads aren’t for unfinished, oiled or waxed wooden boards, non-sealed tiles or carpeted floors.

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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.

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Use Fuzzy Socks as Dust Cloths

If you run out of dry Swiffer pads, a fuzzy sock works well in a pinch. Just stretch the sock over the mop head and the fabric will work like a regular pad, attracting dust and hair with its static charge. Finally a use for all those unmatched socks!

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Originally Published on Taste of Home