Do you ever wonder what is in your cleaning products? No?
I never gave them a second thought until my youngest child was born. Before that, I just used what worked, was the cheapest, and got the job done the fastest.
It never crossed my mind before she started to get eczema at about two months old. Once I saw that and I began investigating potential eczema triggers, I knew we had to make a change.
At the time both of our kids were very young and I needed to clean up fast. There was no time to haul out a mop bucket and wait for the floor to dry.
Have you ever tried to keep a toddler off a freshly mopped floor? No bueno.
We used a disposable mopping system for everything back then! I had no idea of the chemicals in them until I started to look deeper.
When I looked I found out that my mop contained all sorts of terrible chemicals. Things like:
- METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE: a skin sensitizer and environmental toxin
- METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE: toxic to aquatic life and a skin sensitizer
- DIALKYL DIMETHYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDES (DDAC): allergenic and a potential asthma trigger
- and a lot more yuck!
Sounds like something you’d want to use around your kids, right? Nope, me either!
That’s when I started to look into non-toxic cleaners. After trying a lot of DIY cleaning recipes and coming up short, my friend Sarah recommended the Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate. And the rest is history, my friends!
But even though I had a non-toxic cleaner, I was back to using a mop bucket. Not my favorite, and way less convenient than a mop system.
I was still wishing for the convenience of a disposable wet mop system but without the toxins.
Then I found the solution!
My DIY Wet Jet Mop with Non-Toxic Cleaner!
I have no idea why it took me so long to figure this out, but maybe you’ve known this forever. If so, my hat goes off to you!
You’ve probably got a really clean kitchen (and bathroom, and floors in general)! *wink*
You can buy a refillable wet jet mop!
Seriously, I know! I don’t know why I never thought to look for it, but it has simplified my floor mopping tremendously!
Most importantly, I can use my own cleaner!
So here’s how I did it. Feel free to follow along!
1. I started with this wet jet mop.
I picked this one because it comes with a washable microfiber mop pad, and you can wash it over 100 times! That’s really green and easy enough to wash and re-use. Plus it saves me a boatload of money.
I can also buy disposable pads (that also can be washed 5 times before I toss them) too. It’s worth it to have that option, especially since some messes are just too gross to wash away.
2. Then I added my own cleaner!
I liked being able to pick my own cleaner for a couple of reasons. First of all, I already clean almost everything with the Thieves cleaner, so it made sense to try this. I love that it is free of harsh chemicals, is completely plant based, and is safe to use around my kids.
In fact, now that we put together this DIY wet jet mop, my 7-year-old has started to help with the mopping!
Not to mention…I’m saving a boatload of money! Did you know that the pre-mixed wet jet mop systems charge about $5 per bottle of cleaning solution? YIKES!
I pay a little under a dollar for each refill of the cleaner bottle on this new mop!
3. It seriously takes 2 teaspoons!
For general mopping, the wet jet mop directions suggested adding 2 teaspoons of your own cleaner! I’ve been happy with that amount for daily cleaning. On days when I know I will be cleaning a tough mess, I add an extra teaspoon and it works great! It gets all the stains from the bathroom or leftovers from meals that somehow make it to the floor.
4. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water and mop!
It really is that simple! When you’re done mopping toss the microfiber pad in the wash and it will be ready the next time you need to mop.
This has been perfect in our kitchen and bathrooms, all of which are very small and have hard to reach spaces. The floors have been very clean and it is just as easy as using the commercially made wet jet mop systems!
And I know I mentioned this earlier…but my oldest is mopping now!
That’s enough reason all by itself.