Monday, August 15, 2011

Use a microfibre mop (Change 127)

I picked up a book from the library this week about eco-changes around the home.  It was an interesting read - put out by the makers of Method brand cleaning products.  It had some neat tips, but most of the tips were either not do-able (i.e. get rid of wall-to-wall carpet)  or things I was already doing (i.e. get rid of poisonous cleaning chemicals).

One of the tips caught my eye.  The writers suggested using a microfibre cloth mop, instead of the traditional dunk mop.  Their reasoning is that the microfibre traps dirt, and therefore prevents it from spreading around like the regular rag-style mops.

It just so happens that I have a microfibre mop sitting in my cleaning closet that I never use.  I won it at the cleaning party I had last summer.   I've hardly ever used it.  i dont' know why - I guess I'm in the habit of using the dunk mop.   I've decided to switch to the microfibre mop.  Combine this with the vinegar and water I use to clean with, and I'm anxious to see if my floors are any cleaner than before.

How is this more eco-friendly?  Truthfully, I'm not sure, but hey, the makers of Method can't be wrong, can they?


  1. I think Method mainly pushes the micro-fibre mop because they sell one. However, cynicism aside, dunk mops are notoriously dirty, whereas micro-fibre mops can be thrown in the washing machine. Also, they pick-up just as much dirt and dust as disposable static sheet swipers, but have a much longer useful life.

    I suppose if you turn a blind eye on the fact that they are a petroleum bi-product, they can be considered somewhat green. Then again, making rags from old clothing that are too tattered to give away is also 'green'. So, I guess the jury is still out on this one.

    That said, I have a micro-fibre mop, and a few rags, and rather like them. I still haven't gotten around to making rags from my clothes because I usually give them away before they fall apart.

  2. *chuckle* hope they're not wrong in this case, since you've already got their product. ;)

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  4. Thanks, everyone. My dunk mop actually has a removable head (it's shaped just like the microfibre one) that is washable, so I usually throw it in the laundry with the rest of the rags. However, I'm not sure it traps dirt as well as the microfibre one, so we'll see what happens.