Swiffer makes cleaning floors so easy and conveninet, but it's terrible for the environment. Learn about one reusable alternative to Swiffers!
I preach living a toxin-free lifestyle, so every time I whipped out my Swiffer to clean the floors, a pang of guilt would engulf me. Not only was I coating my floors in chemicals, but I was filling the landfills at the same time. Yikes.
So when I stumbled upon the Norwex Mop System, I was intrigued. Basically, it is similar to a Swiffer in that there is one handle that is used for both dry mopping and wet mopping. But, it uses antibacterial microfiber (reusable) pads instead of disposable ones.
Let me stop real quick and clarify what I mean by “antibacterial,” because I’m sure the first thing that comes to your head is antibiotics, antibacterial soap… basically chemicals. This technology is different—and not chemical. Antibacterial silver is physically embedded inside tiny microfibers.
Silver is an amazing antibacterial substance that has been used throughout history – the Greeks and Romans stored water in silver, as they believed it kept liquids fresh. During the plagues in Europe, wealthy families ate from silver plates and utensils, hoping that silver would protect them from the disease surrounding them.
The expression ‘born with a silver spoon in the mouth’ had a dual meaning. Not only did it refer to wealth, it also referred to health. People were eating off silver spoons because they knew an infection couldn’t survive on silver.
Without knowing it people were taking advantage of the natural antimicrobial properties of silver. Today silver is used in all sorts of medical devices to help prevent hospital-acquired infections.
Norwex Antibacterial Microfiber does not disinfect the surface you clean by killing the germs on it; rather it removes the germs from the surface and collects them in the cloth. The silver agent inside the microfibers then inhibits the growth of the germs, which eventually causes them to become inactive. This means cleaner cloths, less frequent laundering and reduction in cross-contamination.
In laboratory testing, Norwex Antibacterial Microfiber has been proven to remove up to 99.9% of the bacteria from a surface and inactivate it within 24 hours. Seeing this test really convinced me how much I needed to start using Norwex Antibacterial Microfiber!
Norwex compared the bacterial growth of normal microfiber vs. Norwex antibacterial Microfiber.
As you can see from the pictures, normal microfiber shows a huge increase in bacterial growth after 24 hours whereas Norwex antibacterial Microfiber showed a huge reduction in bacterial growth. Pretty cool!
So back to the Norwex Mop System and why it’s infinitely better than a Swiffer:
Advantages of the Norwex Mop:
- No pails
- Use water and a spray bottle
- Mop lifts and traps dirt & debris
- Floor dries very quickly
- Tall, telescopic adjustable handle – no bending!
- No toxic chemicals
- Saves time
This system cleans so much better, and faster, than my Swiffer could ever dream of cleaning. I love that the handle is telescopic, so it’s perfect for anyone of any height. You can use it on: ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, porous tiles, vinyl, linoleum, hardwood floors, marble and laminate flooring.
It’s basically a 3-step process to clean your floors:
1. Use your normal broom to sweep up the big stuff.
Sweep as you normally would. There is always a lot to sweep up with 2 little girls.
2. Dry mop your floor with the Norwex dry mop.
Dry mopping regularly minimizes the amount of dust on your floors that could be picked up by airflow and carried to all other surfaces. Dust from outside can enter your home in many ways. Generally the less dust you have in your home, the fewer allergens you will also be exposed to.
The Norwex dry mop pads employs a static charge that attracts dust to the mop like a magnet. The pads are statically charged attracting dirt, dust, pet hair, crumbs, micro particles and 99.9% of the germs and bacteria on your floor – like a silent vacuum cleaner.
3. Wet mop your floor with the Norwex wet mop.
Moisten the antibacterial microfiber Wet Mop Pad under running tap water. Wring out well by hand before attaching it to the base (Make sure you use minimal moisture on laminate and wood flooring to prevent streaks and swelling.).
Mop around the edges from the furthest point then mop toward the door, keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. You can spray more water with a spray bottle if necessary (you can also use a little vinegar/water mixture if you have a really tough spot, but I don’t find this necessary too often).
Rinse the Mop Pad in the sink, if necessary, however you will be surprised to see how large of an area one mop head will clean.
You don’t have to wash the Norwex mop pad every time you use it. Just rinse it out and then hang to dry. Wash it when the edge of the pad is dirty, even after you rinse it out.
Once you try out the Norwex Mop System, you’ll never want to use another mop again. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s chemical free! And the Norwex Microfiber products have a 2-year warranty, so your investment is protected. How awesome is that?
Microfiber isn't biodegradable – there's actually a microfiber pollution problem – so even though you're not throwing Swiffer pads in the landfill, these reusable pads will eventually end up there and not break down.
In addition, every time you wash microfiber, small bits of it goes down the drain with the water. With the Great Pacific Garbage Patch growing every year, I don't want to send more plastic down the drain!