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?
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Use a microfibre mop (Change 127)
Posted by Eco Mama at 10:21 PM
Labels: microfibre, mops, natural cleaners
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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.ReplyDelete
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.
*chuckle* hope they're not wrong in this case, since you've already got their product. ;)ReplyDelete
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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.ReplyDelete