How to Wash a Swiffer Duster to Reuse (Viral Hack Put to the Test)


Did you know you can actually reuse a Swiffer Duster? We gave this viral hack a go… see the results!

This hack really cleans up!

Last year on TikTok, I saw people sharing something that could be a game-changer when it comes to cleaning! According to the Tik Tok’ers, you can throw Swiffer disposable dusters in the wash to clean them, then reuse again and again.

Hold up, whaaaat? We decided to give this a try and see if the dusters would in fact hold up in the wash.

If this is true, I know it would personally save me (and many of you) quite a bit of money! I go through so many of these when cleaning my home as I prefer Swiffer dusters to traditional feather dusters.

dusters on counter

For this test, we also decided to grab a generic duster that is comparable to the Swiffer Heavy Duty, so we chose a 360 duster from Walmart’s Great Value line.

Great Value 360 Dusters start at $5.97 while Swiffer Heavy Duty Dusters start at $7.97 depending on the length and type of handle you choose, so the price is pretty comparable between the two.

dirty swiffer duster in front of washing machine

1. After dusting, simply throw the Swiffer Duster into the wash with your other cleaning rags and a little laundry detergent on the delicate or gentle cycle (I always choose hot water to kill germs).

2. Once the Swiffer has finished washing, be sure to air dry on a towel or hang it up to dry. I typically hang mine up outside. Once dry, they are fluffy and like new again.

3. Use your Swiffer Duster again and again! They’ll eventually wear out, but it’s definitely good for multiple uses!

How well did the generic Swiffer Duster version hold up in the wash? 

swiffer dusters on counter

I’d say that the Walmart Great Value brand Duster (orange) held up better than I anticipated. It wasn’t quite as fluffy after the wash as the Swiffer brand was, and it took a little longer to dry, but it’s ready to use again.

Initially, it looked like cantaloupe or spaghetti squash and was kind of stringy when I took it out of the washer, but after a day it was much better, so be sure and allow it to air dry a little longer.

washed Swiffer Duster

You can also reuse the regular (cheaper) blue & white Swiffers Dusters, but I recommend that you hand wash them with a little dishwashing liquid and use your sink sprayer. After washing, I’d place the duster on a towel or hang to dry.

The regular dusters aren’t as fluffy and durable as the heavy-duty dusters, so hand washing is the better option in this case. Machine washing tends to make them clump up, unlike the heavy-duty version.

Hip Tip: Although this doesn’t work well with the mop Swiffer products, there are some designed specifically to be reused, so be sure to read our review about reusable Swiffer Pads!

Many Hip2Savers also mentioned you can cut up and use an old flannel or cotton t-shirt on a Swiffer stick for dry sweeping.

man dusting kitchen

You can save quite a bit of money by simply washing your dusters instead of tossing them after each use! Good for your budget and the planet!

Have any cleaning hacks you’d like to share? Be sure and let us know as we love finding new ways to save time and money when cleaning!

*Please note that you cannot wash feather dusters!

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