Sunday, February 11, 2018

Make Your Own Steam Mop Pads

I'm already in Spring cleaning mode so I've been cleaning like a mad woman lately!  We bought a Swiffer Bissell Steamboost Mop recently and it came with two of the cleaning pads for it.  They smelled wonderful, but I was concerned that the solution on them may not be good for our three cats to be walking around on as well as the the refill pads are kind of expensive in my opinion, especially for as often as I mop my floors.
I decided to find a more natural way to clean my floors so this is my solution for saving money and *keeping my cats safe in the long run.
First of all I needed a cloth to attach to the mop to grab up all the yuckiness.  A microfiber cleaning cloth was what I decided on so off to the Dollar Tree I went and lucky enough, I got two towels for one dollar! Yep $1 yall!!!
FYI, this is the lazy, no cut, no sew method for my fellow impatient types out there! lol!

First I removed the tags from my towels (just my preference) then I centered the mop on the towel.
Fold the ends up to the edge of the mop on both sides.
You will see a little rubber slot on each corner to tuck your towel in to.  Its very grippy by the way.
Using one finger I tucked each corner into the provided slots making sure my towel was tight on the mop base.
For the placement demo I was showing you with a dry towel, but before actually mopping, I wet the towel and then rang it out pretty well.
DIY Mopping Solution for Tile Floors

1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar (for cooking)
1 cup rubbing alcohol (50%)
3 drops Dawn dish soap (blue)
10 - 20 drops essential oils (OPTIONAL)

NOTE:  *Some essential oils can be harmful to pets or cause a negative reaction so please research the oils you choose before adding them to your solution.  Lots of information to be found on Pinterest.
I used a kitchen funnel and an empty glass cleaner bottle for storing my solution. Recycle!
Make sure your steam mop has distilled water in it, plug it in to warm up and then spray a generous amount of your diy cleaning solution down.
This Swiffer Bissell Steamboost Mop has changed my mopping life!  I love it and I feel like my floors are getting much cleaner than when I used a nasty looking traditional mop.  I have no idea why I haven't gotten one before now.
Just keep spraying your solution and mopping until your towel has reached it maximum amount of "dirty", then change if necessary and repeat.
The towel is filthy but the floor is clean now!  I swept before I mopped and this microfiber towel still picked up bits and pieces of yuck that was left behind as well as grabbed the dirt too.  Now I just toss this in the washer with my towels and it will be good to go for next time.
I'm always trying to save money when I can and of course I'm going to share it with you each and every time!  I hope you enjoy this cleaning tip as much as I do.

Want to see more of my cleaning tips for using vinegar? Just click on the links below.

Cleaning an HE Washer with Household Products

Remove Hard Water Buildup Naturally 

DIY Carpet Cleaning 

Cleaning Your Hairbrush the Easy Way 

Cleaning Your Oven

Cleaning Your Sink's Spray Nozzle

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It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Ah, thanks for sharing this! Those little pads can get expensive! I’d love for you to share over at Let’s Party! … we look forward to seeing you there!

    1. Thanks so much Jan, I'll check it out! :)

  2. Do you have a suggestion for cleaning laminate flooring?

    1. Hi J.R., sorry but I've never had laminate flooring so I could not give experienced advice, however, I do remember seeing lots of ideas on Pinterest. Sorry, I wasn't much help! :(


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