When Swiffer WetJet hit the market years ago, consumers went wild for it. I loved my Swiffer, but did not like the price of the cleaning pads. And my readers didn’t like it either.

Readers still send me their tips on what they use instead for disposable, pricey cleaning Swiffer cleaning pads. Some are clever, some too complicated, and some I just can’t repeat. I like Brenda’s idea, as it saves money and recycles, too.


My tip involves giving my husband’s old flannel lounge pants and flannel shirts a second life as cleaning pads for my Swiffer. I cut pieces 8″ x 20″ (or to fit your mop head of choice), attach to the mop head and then dampen with water before use. When I’m done mopping, I toss these in the laundry. Brenda


I don’t have a potato masher and do not intend to get one any time soon. I do have a pastry blender, which I use for making pastry, but I also use it to mash bananas for banana bread, beans for black bean burgers and avocados for guacamole. It does a great job. Staci


My mother always said that veggies taste better when you’re hungry. So, at mealtime, I serve my children their veggies first and wait as long as possible to serve the main course. For some reason, the veggies are gone before the main course. Go figure! Diane


I solved the discomfort of applying cold body lotion in the winter and discovered a great tip at the same time.  My bathroom is heated, but when I rub in lotion after a shower, I freeze. I found that if I lay the bottle of lotion in the shower when I get in, the hot water warms it up. No more cold lotion. Audrey

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Fitted sheets can be a problem because it’s hard to tell which are the sides and which are the ends. I solved that problem by putting a mark in permanent marker on the elastic band at the top-end and bottom-end of my sheets. I hope that counts as a great reader tip. George

It sure does! -mh

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 I hate cleaning grout in the shower. I haven’t found anything that will stick on the grout and clean. One day I realized that toilet bowl cleaner is thick and it clings. I poured it on the grout, left it there about 15 minutes then washed it away with the shower head. Not one speck of mildew was left and the grout looked brand new. Gwynn


Where I work, customers are required to show their photo ID.  Many people have difficulty getting their license out of their wallets, but one customer did a very clever thing.

She took a piece of Scotch tape, folded it over and made a tab on one end of her driver’s license. She just pulled on the tab and the license slid right out of her wallet. I have done this for many people and they are amazed at how much easier it is for them, myself included. Susan


I cut my kids’ pancakes into triangles or squares with a pizza cutter. I do this before the syrup goes on. It’s fast and easy and it doesn’t tear the pancakes. Caroline


I use  Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to get rid of coffee and tea stains in my mugs and teacups. I simply swipe the stains away. Even the really cheap version at the Dollar Tree store work well. I use them in my teapot, too. Pamela


My husband and I take the money we save using coupons at the grocery store and place it in our “mad money” container. We also add any spare change to the container, too. It is amazing how it adds up when you actually save this money. Our mad money has funded weekend getaways, special purchases and savings for a grandchild’s education. Jan

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I trick my picky children into eating the bread “heels” by turning them inside out in a sandwich. My girls are none the wiser. It’s worked like a charm. Shayna

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QUESTION: Why haven’t you sent in your great time- and or money-saving tips? I’ll bet you’ve got some great ones. Please share!

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