Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Product suggestions, please

1. For the past couple of years we've been using this mop. I read about it here, and thought it sounded like a good idea--a microfiber mop head that you can toss in the washer? Fabulous! I read that these mop heads could be used up to 100 times. Not so much. I had thought this was an economical and environmentally friendly choice, but the refills cost $12 a pop and we've had to replace them more than once a year. (If you're doing the math, you can see that I've definitely gone against my frugal nature in this area. We all make mistakes, right?) Anybody have a good mop to recommend, or would you suggest that I get down on my hands and knees with a sponge or rag?!

2. I am a compulsive listmaker; however, I tend to write on little scraps of paper that form a pile by the phone. I would love to get some kind of spiral-bound (or similar) calendar/planner where I can write notes and to-do lists on each daily page, but I'm not sure where to find one. If you have one that you like, or can point me to a website that might offer such a thing, I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks for your help.


krisin said...

I'll have to check back to see what people say about mops, because I too have had zero success with mops. I currently am doing the hands and knees method, and have been for about 3 years since I gave up on mops! But I hope I hear of a good one too!

As for lists, I have gotten away from it these days, but I once lived by daily lists. I invested in a Franklin planner in college and I loved it for that purpose in how the pages were set up. It's expensive, but it served me very well for many years.

Ewokgirl said...

Ah, mops! I have the best mop in the world, IMO. It's called the Sh-Mop, and you can buy it at www.thecleanteam.com. I paid about $32 for my Sh-Mop 7-8 years ago, and I have yet to replace anything on it. It comes with 3 terry cloth heads that you just toss in the washer when they're dirty. They're still holding up beautifully after years of weekly use.

I'll probably sound like an ad for The Clean Team, but I am truly in love with their cleaning products. They are very effective and often environmentally friendly. I'm also nuts about their cleaning cloths and Red Juice.

I don't know what to tell you about your lists. I just stick post-its to my bathroom mirror or back door when I need to remember something.

Anonymous said...

I, too, will be interested in reports on mops -- I prefer getting on my hands and knees -- I find it to be quicker and easier than any mop I ever tried.

Mopping the floor has always been one of my least favorite homecare chores (along with defrosting the freezer and cleaning the oven). Now that I have a self-cleaning oven and a frost-free freezer -- I'm waiting for someone to invent a self-cleaning floor!! :)

Love you, Mom

Jody said...

OK, on the organizer front I suggest Amy KNapp's Fsmily Organizer. I used this for a couple of years and loved it. Unfortunately it was just too big to fit in my purse after I quit using a diaper bag.

And mops... I got nuthin'. I use a Swiffer Wet and once in a while I scrub on my hands and knees with a sponge and rag.

Amy said...

I am the mop queen and have tried so many different kinds that it is a big joke in the house. I have had the best luck with the Flip Ease (not the Flip-It, which did not get as good of reviews). The Flip-Ease has a vacuum side that you can use to get all of the crumbs up off of the floor and then you just turn it around and it has the Swiffer Wet Jet capabilities on the other side. The cloths on it are reuseable and it does come with two. I think it is around fifty bucks.

I also have a Bissell Quick Steam, which they don't make anymore, and it is my absolute favorite purchase EVER. If you can find one on Ebay, it is worth the money. It has reuseable microfiber heads (I purchased the microfiber heads from Amazon) and all you use is water. You plug it in and in about two minutes, it is hot enough for the steam process. It gets the floors shiny clean and it practically evaporates as you draw the steamer towards you. I have no idea why they stopped making this, as it was the best invention since sliced bread.

You could also do a hunt on Epinions.com and figure out some other good options!

I hope that helps!!

thehomespunheart said...

I have zero success with mops as well - a spray bottle and rag are what I use to do the floors around here. Hard on the knees - but best for the floor I've found.

As far as a list book - I have two ideas. For a while I used a spiral notebook and just made my list for each day on one page when I got to the end, I flipped it over and used the backs.

Let me know what you try!

Now, I use a Country Living desk calendar that is oh-so-pretty. The space to write is fairly small, but it has been working out fine.

flybaby Shannon said...

I second the suggestion for the flip-ease! It's the best thing I've ever tried when it comes to mopping. It's my favorite daily chore, and I used to HATE mopping! (so much I never did it! LOL) If you have animal hair, I have a suggestion--use one of the washable pads to sweep, then quick change to a clean pad, flip and mop! No hair left at all! Then I just throw pads in my washer for the next day's load.