Have you ever wondered if the mop you were using to clean your floors was actually spreading germs around instead? This might be true if you are not cleaning your mop properly after each use. While some mop heads can be cleaned easier than others, we will touch on the three main mop heads: cotton loop, sponge and microfiber pads.
After you are finished cleaning your floors (or in between large areas) rinse your mop thoroughly in hot water and a cup of white vinegar. Repeat until water is completely clear. You can also rinse in plain, hot water, then soak the mop head or microfiber pad in full strength lemon* juice (don’t rinse). Hang outside in the sunshine* for maximum disinfecting power when possible. If not, allow to dry thoroughly in between uses.
The most effective way to clean a mop head is by tossing it in the laundry. Microfiber pads and some removable mop heads (except for sponge heads) are machine washable but it is always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions before washing. After cleaning your floors, rinse surface dirt off with hot water then simply toss in the wash using a non-toxic green, laundry detergent with a cup of white vinegar. Wash mop heads and microfiber pads separately from your usual laundry on the hottest setting.
Since washing your sponge mop in the washing machine is not an option, the next best thing is to use your dishwasher! The dishwasher does a terrific job of cleaning your sink sponges and can do the same for your mop head. After cleaning your floors, rinse away surface dirt with hot water, squeeze out excess and place on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Add a cup of white vinegar to the detergent cup and run on the hottest setting. Once the cycle is complete, squeeze out excess water and set aside to dry completely.