Other than carpet in our walk-in closet and two area rugs our home is all laminate or linoleum flooring. It seems like we are always sweeping up after the kids. I’m sure that it should be mopped more than it is. The reality is that it might happen once a week and mostly by my wonderful mom while she’s watching the kids. These are our mops in the picture above.
We have both a terry cloth mop and a microfiber mop. You can read an argument on microfiber vs. terry cloth mops at this link. http://www.discountcleaningproductsblog.com/mops-microfiber-mops-vs-terry-cloth-mops/. I don’t know why we ended up buying both but each serve a purpose. There is a bit of a debate on whether or not microfiber is environmentally friendly or not. The fact that you only need water is impressive but the material is not biodegradable. The microfiber also works well when used dry to remove dust etc… so if you like swiffer products it could replace them. The terry cloth mop has two cloths so when one gets really dirty while doing a big mopping job it can be switched very easily. I do use a cleaning product when mopping with the terry cloth.
Usually it’s this one. http://www.methodhome.com/product/squirt-mop-wood-floor-cleaner/?almond It smells really good. Our major requirements for floor cleaner are that it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and the bottle is recyclable. If I run out of both terry cloths then I use the microfiber one. All of the cloths go in the washing machine and are ready to go again next time I need them.
I’m way too lazy (and concerned about the waste) to use swiffer type products. Here’s a link to a business blog that talks about the cost of disposable cleaning products such as swiffer… http://norwexus.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-much-do-you-spend.html We have tried both swiffer wet and dry. It takes way too much money and thought for me to buy and keep stocked various wet and dry pads for when I need to clean. I really didn’t like the results, the garbage produced and the chemicals. Finally we gave away all of our swiffer products that were collecting dust under our sink and in the garage just a few weeks ago.
There’s a lot of talk about greenwashing these days. Here is an article about swiffer being one of those products… http://inhabitat.com/greenwashing-101-the-swiffer-green-or-greenwash.
They wrote a follow-up article which includes an interview with the designer of swiffer and his take on why his products are environmentally friendly http://inhabitat.com/swiffer-sustainability-the-swiffer-designer-speaks-up/.
We like our reusable mops. This is just what our family chooses to do and I in no way want people to think that I am preaching. I just want people to mull over the options available and the impact.