Just a few generations back, the formula for a spiffy house contained two simple elements at its core: a high stack of rags and plentiful elbow grease. Then came a newfangled wave of disposable cleaning aids
, like the beloved Swiffer mop. But in many cases, reusable materials
and inexpensive household cleansers could've done the same job for just pennies
. We examine some of the most popular disposable cleaning products, and what they'll cost you over the course of a year, along with far less expensive, more eco-friendly alternatives.