Ever think about how much money we spend on replacement cleaning items? There are so many plastic, chemical components to our cleaning routines that we can afford to quit replacing and make our own, cleaner options. One of these simple replacements is to trade out the quickly-used, often expensive cleaning pads for a crocheted cover that can be washed and re-used over and over again. It’s so easy, and you’ll save money and the environment by not having to throw out store-bought refills after one use.
It’s really that easy. With a free pattern, some cotton yarn and a hook, and an hour or so, you can crochet up two or three of these and have them ready for your next cleaning bout. They’re especially helpful for hardwood floors, as the cotton won’t scratch the floors while they’re being polished.
Here’s what you’ll need according to the free patterns we found: 100% cotton yarn in any color (though it is noted that grey or green hides the dirt really well and won’t ‘bleed’ out in the wash – Peaches ‘N Cream is suggested, as it comes in a good size and many colors), a corresponding size crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. You’ll need to measure your cleaning equipment and work out how big to make your cover, though there are some guidelines provided in the patterns.
The stitches most often used are chain (ch), double crochet (dc), front post double crochet (fpdc), and back post double crochet (bpdc).
There are a variety of patterns to choose from, including Inhabitat.com’s list of free pattern options, or Stitch 11’s free cover pattern, or DragonFaeriee’s free pattern on Ravelry. Each one of them is simple enough that you can create your own bevy of cleaning supplies in no time flat without ever having to spend more of your hard-earned time or money on purchasing refill packets ever again.