With all my shifting of funds to more eco friendly products, I’m always thinking of ways to save money. I have been looking at steam mops for a while now, as my current product I use is a Swiffer. Swiffer creates so much waste with it’s one time use mop heads.
Then there’s the actual cleaning sloution they put on the mop cloths. I reviewed the material safety data sheet and it actually looks to be on the lower end of the hazard spectrum, but it’s still not biodegradable and does irritate the skin. Since my baby crawls on my floors and eats any scrap of food or non food that he comes across , maybe it’s time for a healthier option.
I pay $94.44 per year for Swiffer wet cloths refills. Vinegar and water is one cheap option, but really I don’t want my house to smell like vinegar or take the time to get out a mop or sponge and bucket. For around $100 I can get a steam mop with pads that are washable and resuable.
I know that steam mops have their own downfalls, such as power consumption. The power rating for Bissel Steam Mop is 1500 watts (to give an idea my small 4 cup coffee maker uses 710 watts). Plus this model only weighs 9 lbs, and I’ll be cleaning with cups of water instead of gallons! I’ll give my swiffer to my kids with a facecloth on the bottom, and bonus for them they have a new toy!