A friend of mine moved to Toronto with her husband for a year, and quickly realized she needed to reduce the amount of waste she produced. (It was new to me that certain areas in Canada have limits on how much garbage a person can throw out each week!) To help reduce waste, she started making reusable cleaning rags, sponges, and dusters for the Swiffer! I thought this was such a great idea, and have since made a number of reusable cleaning supplies myself.
I wanted to make reusable dusters for my Swiffer, but searched and never did find a pattern I really liked. After making a number of these “on the fly,” I finally wrote down the pattern to share. I like this duster because of the ridge on the underside. It really picks up the dust and hair! Plus, using two strands of medium yarn makes the duster thick, and makes the ridges more pronounced. I have made a few of these to rotate. After a couple of weeks we do a load of laundry (well, Sam, my boyfriend does a load of laundry…) and washes all of the reusable cleaning supplies together!
This duster comes out tight at first, but I have found that after a few uses it loosens up to be just the right size. As long as you can stretch it over the duster after you first make it, then it’s fine! For 5mm hook, I used two strands of medium weight yarn together.
All stitches are crocheted in the back loop only. This creates that ridge to help pick up dust!
-Create a slip knot, leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing the end flaps at the end of the project.
-Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, and sc across, ch1 and turn (45)
-Rows 2-21: Sc across (45)
21 rows works well so that the edge of the duster fits just over the Swiffer, making it easier to clean against base boards.
-Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Thread this yarn into yarn needle. From the last stitch crocheted on last row, count back 12-13 stitches and attach last stitch crocheted to this stitch. This creates the flap to attach to the Swiffer. Continue sewing so that the flap is completely attached to the long part of the Swiffer.
-Using the extra piece of yarn from the beginning of the project, sew the other side of this flap to match (about 13 total stitches of overlap).
-Attach yarn to the other side and create another flap that is the same size (13 stitches of overlap).