Tips&TricksRevive your dirty mop with this simple, eco-friendly home solution

Revive your dirty mop with this simple, eco‑friendly home solution

Mop in a bucket
Mop in a bucket
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9:43 AM EST, January 7, 2024

A clean, gleaming floor is the sign of a well-kept home. However, maintaining this condition is challenging, especially without proper cleaning tools. We're talking about mops, which often seem ready for the bin after a few uses due to grime buildup—taking adequate care of your mop's fibers after every washing is crucial. To accomplish this, all you'll need are two simple kitchen ingredients. This inexpensive and easy method will keep your mop in good condition for a long time.

How to Clean a Floor Mop?

If your mop care routine ends with rinsing it under water, it's no wonder that, over time, its effectiveness decreases. Dirt and moisture provide the perfect environment for bacteria and fungi to grow. Over time, a neglected mop may develop a musty smell and, instead of cleaning your surfaces, add more dirt.

Ideal cleaning tools have replaceable heads that are easy to remove and wash. You can wash these by hand or in a washing machine. Along with standard detergent, add a little bleach to kill all accumulated bacteria in the mop. Once washed, the fabric is ready for reuse. We suggest avoiding machine washing as it could easily damage the fibers. Instead, use a homemade powder to refresh and sanitize the mop’s surface. How do you make this? You only need two kitchen ingredients.

Effective Mop Powder

After every cleaning session, rinse the mop fabric under running water and allow it to partially dry. Then, mix a spoonful of baking soda and table salt. Sprinkle the mixture generously on the mop and leave it for fifteen minutes so that the mixture can work on the fabric. Rinesh the mop afterward and leave it out to dry. Baking soda has antibacterial and antifungal properties that kill harmful organisms. Salt enhances baking soda's power and helps neutralize unpleasant odors.

Lastly, it's worth mentioning that mops need to be exposed to air after each cleaning. If left damp in a bucket until the next cleaning session, moisture and bacteria will damage its surface, leading to quicker wear and tear. Correct care will save you the cost of new supplies, and using kitchen ingredients is much more environmentally friendly than buying commercial detergents.

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