When we moved from Memphis to Chattanooga in August, our POD was so full that we couldn’t even fit our mop in there. We had to leave it behind and just get a new one here. I was annoyed to leave a perfectly good mop behind, but I had to choose between a mop and Tim’s bike, so I guess I chose wisely.
I hadn’t shopped for mops in a good long while, and I learned a few things while trying to find the perfect mop.
1. Mops can be very inexpensive. I found a basic mop (the kind with a sponge on the bottom, not the “long hair” mop) for $4.00 at Wal-Mart. The downside of buying such an inexpensive mop can be seen by me telling you what happened when I got the mop home. It BROKE while I was trying to get the plastic off the sponge part of the mop. Yes, it broke before it ever got used. Sigh…
2. Mops can be really expensive. The Swiffer and other similar mops may not seem all that expensive on the front-end, but then you realize that you have to keep buying replacement heads and special cleaning solutions, and before you know it, you are sucked into a product that keeps demanding more and more of your money. NO THANKS.
I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t learn my lesson with the $4.00 mop, because the next week I found one at The Dollar Tree for $1.00. Yes, I bought it. Was it a good mop? Uh, no. But it got us through for a few weeks before also coming to an end (the sponge top separated from the handle) just a few days before the arrival of a very cool new mop from Rubbermaid.
The Best Mop
If you haven’t heard about this mop yet, I’m so excited to tell you about it! It is called the Reveal Spray Mop, and what I love about it is that it has the thrifty consumer in mind.
First and foremost, the microfiber pads at the bottom of the mop head are washable. They are attached with very secure velcro and will get you through 2 good sized room before they need to be pulled off and washed. The mop comes with 3 pads, so if you have several rooms that need to be mopped at a time, you won’t have to wait for your cleaning pads to get washed first!
Second, the mop has one of those nifty spray bottles on it, but it is designed for you to put whatever you want inside of it to clean with, and doesn’t require a special mix. You can use vinegar, hot soapy water, whatever you like. I adore this about the mop, because using it doesn’t commit me to any future purchases to keep it going.
Third, the mop is a very good quality! Now, you may be wondering how “Miss Dollar Tree Mop” over here would even know quality if it slapped her in the face. Fair point, but I can tell you that this mop is SO much nicer than any mop I’ve ever owned! I had a brief rendezvous with a Swiffer a few years back (settle down, I think I had a good coupon for it), and I remember it feeling much cheaper than this mop. Also, it does a great job, and at the end of the day, isn’t getting your floors nice and clean what matters the most?
The Rubbermaid Reveal Mop is designed to keep your floors looking good for many years, and it is also designed to keep money in your pocket by letting you re-use the mop pads and use your own thrifty cleaning solutions. This is also good for the environment: less waste, and no nasty chemicals! And for the super cheap folks out there like me, no more wasting resources on dumb mops that break after a few uses. Pull all those dollars that you’ll be spending on mops that have a very short shelf life into the Rubbermaid Reveal Mop. You’ll be money ahead when it is all said and done, I promise!
Buy it!: Rubbermaid Reveal Mop is $29.99 and can be found online or at your local Target. Home Depot, and select Wal-Mart stores, as well as Amazon. If your mop needs replacing, this gets my frugalista seal of approval!
Edit: this giveaway is closed.
Win it!: Step right up, because now if your chance to win your very own Rubbermaid Reveal Mop! The contest will run until November 17th at 11:59pm EST when a winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United States. Limit one entrant per household, please.
Mandatory entry: Tell me your current approach to cleaning your non-carpeted floors. Do you scrub on your hands and knees? Have a favorite mop? Have a favorite cleaning solution? Anything related to the topic will work!
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This post contains affiliate links.