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Rework your mop

Remember when I helped you make homemade cleaners, Dear Reader?

In the spirit of those cleaners, I want to share a tip from one of my Dear Readers, Heather. She and I have become blogging buddies over the last couple of months, and she has given me permission to share this tip with you.

Do you have a Clorox or Swiffer mop? I have one, and I rarely use it because I’m adverse to buying disposable paper/plastic mop pads and bottles of chemical cleaning agents.

I know, I’m odd. My mom thinks so, too; you’re in good company.

On to Heather‘s tip for converting your Clorox or Swiffer mop into an environmentally friendly and frugal cleaning tool:

  • Instead of buying disposable mop heads, attach a cloth diaper or burp rag to the mop and clean as usual. You could use any old rag, but diapers are very absorbant. When you’re finished mopping, toss the diaper into your laundry and wash. You can repeat this process forever!
  • Instead of buying the chemical solution, make your own! Heather‘s recipe is below. When the original bottle runs out, simply wash it and refill with your own. You can repeat this process for a long time, too, until your bottle cracks and you have to replace it. I wouldn’t put the bottle in the dishwasher as that will decrease its lifespan.

Homemade mop solution:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • A few drops essential oil (Heather prefers lavender, but use whatever you like. I’m cheap and lazy, so eau de vinegar is going to be my scent of choice.)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Method all purpose cleaner

edited to add – Check out the comments if you have ceramic tile floors.
That’s it! Happy cleaning!

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28 thoughts on “Rework your mop”

  1. I do this too!

    OH MY! I think we are long lost sisters. my family thinks I am a nut case! I went to my neighbors house and asked them if they used the swifter cleaning stuff and if they wanted it, I needed to “dump my bottle!” I wanted to keep the bottle but dump the junk out! I don’t want my dogs licking that stuff off the floor!

    HILARIOUS!

    Becareful with vinegar on any tile work. we have one flooring area at our front door and one bathroom that I have to really dilute, cause vinegar eats grout… augh.

  2. I do this too! OH MY! I think we are long lost sisters. my family thinks I am a nut case! I went to my neighbors house and asked them if they used the swifter cleaning stuff and if they wanted it, I needed to “dump my bottle!” I wanted to keep the bottle but dump the junk out! I don’t want my dogs licking that stuff off the floor!HILARIOUS!Becareful with vinegar on any tile work. we have one flooring area at our front door and one bathroom that I have to really dilute, cause vinegar eats grout… augh.

  3. And to think I was going to toss my Swiffer wet jet because I just don’t use it, for the reasons you mentioned.

    You have an awesome blog! I can’t wait to check it out some more.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we cross paths again.

    http://linduhe.blogspot.com/

  4. And to think I was going to toss my Swiffer wet jet because I just don’t use it, for the reasons you mentioned.You have an awesome blog! I can’t wait to check it out some more. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope we cross paths again.http://linduhe.blogspot.com/

  5. Apparently, I am the only clueless reader you have, but how do you attach the diaper or burp cloth to the Swiffer? I am excruciatingly cheap so being able to reuse Swiffer pads would be fabulous (even if I have to make my own).

  6. Apparently, I am the only clueless reader you have, but how do you attach the diaper or burp cloth to the Swiffer? I am excruciatingly cheap so being able to reuse Swiffer pads would be fabulous (even if I have to make my own).

  7. 1) UM?! NEW BLOGGY DIGGS?! I LIKE!
    am jealous of your skilz since I KNOW you did it yourself!
    2) Cu-ute kid down below, boo back.

    3) I love the green clean idea. I bought a whole box of costco sized cleaning pads, but they only clean for like a minute, and the whole throw them out at the end?? duh? I LOVE THE diaper Idea!

    Carissa @ mommygossip-GNO

  8. 1) UM?! NEW BLOGGY DIGGS?! I LIKE!am jealous of your skilz since I KNOW you did it yourself!2) Cu-ute kid down below, boo back.3) I love the green clean idea. I bought a whole box of costco sized cleaning pads, but they only clean for like a minute, and the whole throw them out at the end?? duh? I LOVE THE diaper Idea! Carissa @ mommygossip-GNO

  9. Thanks for these tips!! I have a swiffer but I haven’t used it in awhile because I just hate spending money on those throw-away wipes that go with it because they get used up so quickly. I love the idea of using a cloth diaper and a homemade cleaner!!! I’m gonna start doing this!

  10. Thanks for these tips!! I have a swiffer but I haven’t used it in awhile because I just hate spending money on those throw-away wipes that go with it because they get used up so quickly. I love the idea of using a cloth diaper and a homemade cleaner!!! I’m gonna start doing this!

  11. This works well and I have also done this with one cap of pine sol and the rest water and it has done well and smelled great.Casswww.thankfulmommy.com

  12. Oh! Awesome tips! I like very much! I have a norwex mop that I love as it works much like swiffer, only I have to take the cloth off and rinse it in between a number of times while mopping.

    By the way… love the new look to your page!

  13. Oh! Awesome tips! I like very much! I have a norwex mop that I love as it works much like swiffer, only I have to take the cloth off and rinse it in between a number of times while mopping.By the way… love the new look to your page!

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