embracing life’s little messes with Swiffer Sweep & Trap

Our house has an infant-almost-toddler who is an enthusiastic self-feeder so things get very messy. Zach LOVES the act of feeding himself, even if 75% of the food ends up the floor. The space underneath Zach’s high chair is pretty much always crunchy and/or sticky. Veggie straws, bits of noodles, chunks of cheese, broken crackers… it’s a buffet of finger foods down there. And I’ll be totally honest about the efficiency with which I sweep it all up: not very. Maybe once a day? Or less? I usually keep up for a day or two, and then by mid-week, there are days-old crumbs under there. Should I be ashamed? I probably should be. Part of the reason I procrastinate on the cleaning is that when I do have a chance to sweep it using our battery-powered sweeper, someone is napping and the thing is kinda loud, so I put it off. Then he wakes up, and then I’m too busy keeping him from getting into ALL THE THINGS to sweep. Then it’s mealtime again and he’s just going to ADD to the mess, so really, what’s the POINT of cleaning it NOW?

That’s the vicious cycle of messes these days.

I try to accept the fact that this time in our lives is just going to include lots of crumbs! It’s okay! We’ll have pristine floors again someday and we’ll miss the babies and small kids and wish our floors were messy again (okay, maybe not that last part, but I’m sure the rest is true). And while I DO try to embrace the mess, I do feel like I’m on a continuous search of a Magical And Easy Solution To The Food Piles.

I was offered a chance to try a new product from Swiffer and immediately I got excited because CLEAN FLOORS WOOHOO! The Swiffer Sweep and Trap is a brand new product at Target that claims it will clean it all, big and small.

Swiffer Sweep and Trap

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap

How is this new sweeper different than the traditional Swiffer? It has rotating blades (soft so they won’t scratch hardwood!) to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin. It’s just as quick to use as a broom, but it cleans much better thanks to the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth that traps dirt, dust, and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, and uses no batteries or power. It’s also very lightweight, compact enough to hang neatly in a closet, and the rotating blades and dirt bin are easy to remove and clean.

So after all of those promises, let’s see how it handled Zach’s Mess After Dinner One Night.

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
Veggie straws, chicken nugget bits, Cheerios, and chunks of cheesestick. MMMMMM.

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
The blades only move when you push forward, which took me a moment to realize. But the head is on a swivel so it’s really easy to just stand in one place and sweep back and forth to catch everything.

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
Took less than a minute to capture all this. WHOLE VEGGIE STRAWS! Not even a problem.

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
This is gross and slightly embarrassing but look at all the dust and tiny dirt it picked up too!

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
Allow my claw-hand to demonstrate the ease with which the dirt bin can be emptied.

embracing life's little messes: Swiffer Sweep & Trap
NO MORE CRUMBS. (Those red spots are dried strawberry, I had to break out a wet rag for those. The next morning. WHAT IT WAS LATE I WAS TIRED.)

I’d say that was a success. I’m excited about the possibility of having no more excuses about sweeping with my rather noisy battery-powered sweeper because the Sweep and Trap is nice and quiet. For quick clean-ups under the table after meals, this is exactly what I was looking for! And yes, I get a thrill from a sweeper that makes cleaning my floors easier, but hey, this is my life now. Clean floors are GOOD.

Target.com is offering a coupon for $2 off the Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit. Go to the Sweep & Trap product page and enter coupon code TGTBBAGU. Offer is valid through 2/28/14 at Target.com.

Happy sweeping!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Twinmamateb

    February 20, 2014 9:46 am

    Question- I usually just use a wet washcloth on my regular Swiffer to “wipe” my floors. Can I still do that with this new one? Would be great to sweep & wipe at the same time, ya know?

    • Jen

      February 20, 2014 2:07 pm

      hm, that I’m not sure about. I think that if the debris you’re scooping up is too wet, it might stick to the little paddle things. But, if you’re always moving forward instead of back and forth, you’d be picking that stuff up before it gets wet. So maybe?? :)

  2. Mel

    February 20, 2014 1:15 pm

    Ooh…I like this. I have the Swiffer vac thing and it’s OK, but the canister doesn’t hold much and I have to pay for pricey filters all the time.

  3. HereWeGoAJen

    February 21, 2014 8:53 am

    Hmm, I am intrigued. I have a swifter wet jet in my bathroom and I don’t like it because after a few months, the battery doesn’t hold a charge. But this is manual, yes? Do you think it would work on bathroom floor sweeping? All my hair is still falling out.

    • Jen

      February 21, 2014 8:55 am

      Totally manual, no batteries to worry about. And I would bet that between the rotating paddles and the dry cloth underneath, the hair would be caught pretty well. Also I’m happy to hear that someone else is still having postpartum hairloss because at nearly 11mos pp, I’m going through another round of it and OMG GROSS.

  4. Diane

    February 24, 2014 10:11 am

    INteresting. I wonder how this would work on stickier stuff? Around here we deal with a lot of rice on the floor. Which, embarrassingly, I tend to leave until morning because dry rice sweeps right up, but sticky fresh rice, well. Sticks. But man I would love a solution better than crouching and picking up individual rice grains off the floor. I bet the rice would stick to the rotatey blades. Womp.

    • Jen

      February 24, 2014 10:53 am

      I do the same thing with rice. And noodles. So much easier to sweep up when it’s all dry the next day! I think sticky noodles and rice are best wet-mopped or wiped up with a towel (sadly) but this could definitely handle them dried out. Or just put the kids to work picking up the rice pieces!?? (HAAAAA)

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