Swiffer Disposable Cloths
Jul 6, 2006 (Updated Apr 1, 2009)
Review by Elzora Shaw
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Convenience, cleans well enough, throw away cloths.
Cons:More expensive, too wet.
The Bottom Line: I recommend these for quick jobs, and for convenience. The cost makes them less appealing to me.
I am a very thrifty person, and usually clean my vinyl floors with an old fashioned sponge mop and a bottle of Mr. Clean. (The wood floors require a special cleaner.)
Recommend this product?
I have always resisted purchasing any Swiffer products because I feel they are way too expensive, and add to our landfill problems. Why are we such a "throw away" society?
WELL - my daughter got engaged and recently moved out of state. When I helped her clean her town house and move everything out, I ended up with nearly a full box of Swiffer Wet Disposable Cloths, and two mops that go along with them. She seemed to think they were the cats meow, so I gave them a try, after all they were free.
The cloths are quite thick, and very moisturized. They are folded up, one on top of the other, in a rectangular box larger than the baby wipe containers. The lid is clear, and even though it snaps on tight, it leaks. I picked it up along with a few other things, and my hubby told me it was leaking all over the place. YIKES! I didn't particularly care for the scent either.
As far as cleaning goes, they do a nice job. The cloths are wet enough that I can clean our entire kitchen floor using one cloth. The cloths wrap around the head of the mop and "snap" into four holes on the mop. There is even a built in scrubber strip on these cloths, quite ingenious! The mop head is thin and glides under large appliances, and it swivels as well - that makes cleaning much easier.
After cleaning my floor, it seemed to take a bit longer to dry than when I scrub it with my sponge mop. (Like I said, they are generously moistened!). The scent doesn't linger either, like it does with a lysol type product.
Our little dog was very sick last week, with vomiting and diarrhea. Poor little thing, bloody watery stools were coming out of her as she walked across the floor (of course it had to be the wooden floors!). After taking her to an emergency vet clinic on a Sunday evening, I came home and mopped the wood floor with the Swiffer wet cloths. At that point, I just wanted the floor clean, and I didn't really care if the product was made for wood floors or not. I was tired and I wanted the floor cleaned quickly. I am happy to say that the Swiffer did a fantastic job, and it really did get rid of the nasty odor (and it was a VERY strong odor too!).
I am still a frugal shopper, so I don't know if I will continue to purchase Swiffer products when the container is empty. Since I have the mop, I will probably keep an eye out for good sales and coupons - until then I will go back to my old standard of Mr. Clean and the sponge mop. The one thing I like about Mr. Clean is that it makes my floors exceptionally shiny ... one thing that the Swiffer did not do.
The other thing that is attractive about the Swiffer is that when I am done I simply throw the cloth into the garbage. I don't have to worry about putting any chemicals into our septic system. Bleach and some other liquids actually kill bacteria, and that is harmful to our septic system. I guess if you were an individual that had to worry about that, the cost of the Swiffer would be nominal compared to a new Septic!
All in all I have mixed feelings, but truly believe that this type of product doesn't clean any better than any other cleaner I've used. It is just a lot more convenient.
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