A couple of weeks ago Mark was sorting clothes for me before I folded them. After getting over the mental block that he was doing it WRONG by separating the clothes BEFORE they were folded instead of during. I realized that it really was quite helpful. A few of his sortings were rather humorous though. The mop pad to the my Orange Glow mop, ended up with my diapers. It is after all basically a long piece of microfiber. It got me thinking… diapers… mop pads. The next morning I dug some large prefolds out of my “go to goodwill” pile and several weeks later *cough* took the 5 minutes to turn one into a mop pad.
Now I should mop my floor… I found a mop for about $0.25 at the Goodwill outlet, and now I have a pad, but can have more in a matter of minutes. Did I ever mention how much I LOVE my wooden floors and grey tiles in the kitchen? They hide dirt SOOO well. Natalia does not, but she is easier to wash. But, it’s time. They need it.
You could do the same basic idea with a towel, but if it’s not microfiber you might want to increase the absorbency by sewing a strip of microfiber (such as an old microfiber insert) down the center. There are more attractive ways of doing this, but this was super super simple. I like to sew pretty dresses, but I could care less what my mop pads look like.
You will need:
- a large prefold, an old towel, an old microfiber towel, and maybe a microfiber insert.
- two snaps, a two bits of Velcro, or two ties
If you want microfiber at the bottom sew a strip of it down the center the width of the mop. Once again the prefolds were perfect for this, because the absorbent center was the width of the mop.
Fold what will be the top of the pad over and sew along the edges. I just did a zigzag stitch to edge it.
Add two snaps, or two squares of velcro, so that you can keep the two top flaps together once you put it on your mop.
No, I do not mop very often, but this is my biggest mopping tip. You get creative when you dislike something SOOO much. Skip the bucket and go for a spray bottle of some vinegar and water. You can add essential oils to cover up the smell of the vinegar. Spray a large area (it takes a couple seconds) then mop that area. That way you won’t be using 10 times more water then you need, making it a bigger and nastier job then necessary.
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