Swiffer pads make cleaning floors so easy and convenient, but they’re disposable and 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 microfiber (reusable) pads instead of disposable ones.
Norwex 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. In testing, Norwex Microfiber has been proven to remove up to 99.9% of the dirt and germs from a surface.
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.
Why the Norwex Mop System is infinitely better than 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 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 dirt on your floor – like a silent vacuum cleaner.
3. Wet mop your floor with the Norwex wet mop.
Moisten the 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!
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!
If you’re looking for a reusable alternative to the convenience of using a Swiffer to clean your floors, check out the Norwex Mop System!