I took an old, thin white towel and cut it up into 8 new pads that didn’t cost me a penny! I chose a white towel so it could be bleached and this particular towel is rough – which works perfectly on my floor – almost like a bit of a scrubby pad. It isn’t as easy to push as the original floor pad (this can be remedied by dampening the pad first), but that actually is working out in my favor. First because the floor isn’t as wet when I’m finished and second because the floor is cleaner. I keep using towels until I can use a pad that still looks clean after using it. Now I realize what I was leaving behind by using one of the Hoover pads to clean the whole floor – ick!
My easy DIY Steam Mop Head Pads
DIY Steam Mop Pads
All I did was fold the towel in half length wise, then again. I cut along the folds and had 4 rectangles.
Next I cut the 4 layers each in half so one towel made 8 cleaning pads. Perfect! Rather than cutting the towel to the shape of the cleaner, I cut them into square. My thought process on the shape choice was that I needed the fabric to overlap the edges of the machine and placement could only be achieved if it was the right direction. Cutting them square instead meant that I don’t have to worry about positioning the fabric exactly right under the machine and there’s not enough slop to make it annoying.
To use them, I just drop one on the floor, set the machine on it, turn it on, wait for the green light, and then steam the pad for a minute to moisten it and clean as usual!
To clean the homemade pad just toss it in the washer and dryer and reuse them until they fall apart! A great way to upcycle a towel that otherwise would have gone in the trash.
It seems so simple, but I didn’t think of it until today so I thought I’d share it with anyone else looking for a solution. I LOVE the Hoover TwinTank steam mopeven more now and will be cutting up a second towel soon because it works so well.