Make Your Own Steam Mop Pads

7 Materials
5 Minutes

I'm already in Spring cleaning mode so I've been cleaning like a mad woman lately! We bought a Swiffer Bissell Steamboost Mop recently and it came with two of the cleaning pads for it. They smelled wonderful, but I was concerned that the solution on them may not be good for our three cats to be walking around on as well as the the refill pads are kind of expensive in my opinion, especially for as often as I mop my floors.

I decided to find a more natural way to clean my floors so this is my solution for saving money and *keeping my cats safe in the long run.

First of all I needed a cloth to attach to the mop to grab up all the yuckiness. A microfiber cleaning cloth was what I decided on so off to the Dollar Tree I went and lucky enough, I got two towels for one dollar! Yep $1 yall!!!

FYI, this is the lazy, no cut, no sew method for my fellow impatient types out there! lol!

First I removed the tags from my towels (just my preference) then I centered the mop on the towel.

Fold the ends up to the edge of the mop on both sides.

You will see a little rubber slot on each corner to tuck your towel in to. Its very grippy by the way.

Using one finger I tucked each corner into the provided slots making sure my towel was tight on the mop base.

For the placement demo I was showing you with a dry towel, but before actually mopping, I wet the towel and then wrung it out pretty well.

You can get the exact recipe I use for mopping my floors, right here and also *a very important message for pet owners too!

I used a kitchen funnel and an empty glass cleaner bottle for storing my solution. Recycle!

Make sure your steam mop has distilled water in it, plug it in to warm up and then spray a generous amount of your diy cleaning solution down.

This Swiffer Bissell Steamboost Mop has changed my mopping life! I love it and I feel like my floors are getting much cleaner than when I used a nasty looking traditional mop. I have no idea why I haven't gotten one before now.

Just keep spraying your solution and mopping until your towel has reached it maximum amount of "dirty", then change if necessary and repeat.

The towel is filthy but the floor is clean now! I swept before I mopped and this microfiber towel still picked up bits and pieces of yuck that was left behind as well as grabbed the dirt too. Now I just toss this in the washer and it will be good to go for next time.

I'm always trying to save money when I can and of course I'm going to share it with you each and every time! I hope you enjoy this cleaning tip as much as I do.

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  • Cindi smith
    Cindi smith
    on Feb 12, 2020

    Why use a cleaning solution? The whole point of steam mops is that they clean using steam and not cleaners or solutions. Also, why start with a wet pad?

    • DeeDee
      on Feb 12, 2020

      Hi Cindi! Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't use the solution. You don't have to use a solution, its totally your choice. I start with a wet cloth so that it picks up dirt as soon as I start using it, otherwise I'm just pushing the dirt around on the floor. :)

  • Deb
    on Oct 23, 2020

    Can you use this on a wood floor?

  • Debi
    on Jan 1, 2021

    Where did you find PW curtains?

    • DeeDee
      on Jan 5, 2021

      Hello Debi! I made them using one of her tablecloth!❤️

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  • Grandmasue10
    on Oct 24, 2020

    To everyone: Don't dry microfiber in the dryer. Air dry them.

  • Lenore
    on Oct 28, 2020

    my steam mop always leaves smears what am I doing wrong I change the pad a few times while I clean but still smears I use distilled water.

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