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DIY Green Cleaning: Bucket-less Mopping

May 24, 2016

Washing the kitchen floor is one of the most time consuming chores you have on your cleaning list. Having to pull out a bucket and a mop means that you’ve got at least a half an hour of cleaning ahead of you. What if I showed you a faster and easier way to clean your kitchen floor? It’s a simple system that will leave your floors looking like you washed them by HAND! I call this system bucket-less mopping.  You won’t have to use a bucket or stinky mop to wash the floor. Instead, you mix up your cleaner in a spray bottle and the bottle becomes your bucket. You’ll use less water and just a fraction of the cleaner you would normally use in a bucket AND it makes cleaning your kitchen floor so fast, you may actually want to do it more often.

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Here’s how it works:

Use a 16 ounce spray bottle.

Put a few drops of your favorite floor cleaner in the bottom of the bottle

Add enough water to fill it to the top.

Insert your spray nozzle into the mixture and shake.

This spray bottle is now your bucket. You have mixed your cleaner to the same water:cleaner ratio as if you were using a two gallon bucket.  It’s amazing how much water and cleaner you are saving.

mop and mop-head

And here’s the bigger secret. You’ll want to purchase a microfiber mop with removable – washable mop heads. These mop heads will clean the floor without spreading dirt. You will need two to three removable mop covers to clean your kitchen floor, depending on the size of your floor.  I have an average size kitchen and I use three covers. I could get away with two, but I like to make sure that the floor is getting really clean, so I change them often while I’m washing it.

Place all the mop head covers in the sink and cover them with plain hot water. Take the first cover and squeeze out all the excess water. You want the mop head to be damp, not wet. Put the damp cover on the end of the mop and start at the farthest corner of the kitchen. Spritz you cleaning mixture on to a small area and then wipe it with the mop. Continue to mop the floor until you feel like the mop head is getting dirty. Remove it from the end of the mop and put it directly into the washing machine. Grab another clean damp mop head and place it on the end of the mop. By doing this you are preventing cross contamination. When you rinse your sponge mop in a bucket of dirty water, you are spreading the dirt and germs back onto the floor. Bucket-less mopping prevents cross contamination.  Continue washing the floor is small segments – changing the mop cover whenever you feel it’s necessary. The other great thing about this system is that the floor will dry very quickly so you will be able to walk on it right away. This system is also great for hard wood floors since you are only using a damp cover. It’s perfect because you are only using a little bit of water which won’t do any damage to the wood floor.

Give this bucket-less mopping system a try. You will be amazed at how easy it is to wash your floors. It may be so easy that you’ll try doing it more often!

Watch the video!


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