Recently, thanks to an epic smoothie spill in my kitchen, I desperately needed to buy a new mop. So, a little while later, while out shopping with Mr. Speedy, I picked up Method's O-Mop.
The O-Mop starter kit, which comes in recyclable bamboo packaging, includes an "ergonomic mop" (which basically means that it's curved, or, as they say, "bends so you don't have to"), corn-based sweeping clothes (like a Swiffer, but compostable), a reusable microfibre mop pad and non-toxic all-purpose floor cleaner in a yummy lemon ginger scent. The whole kit retails for about $30, and I also picked up the almond wood cleaner, which costs about $7.
Sure, it smells great, and has some eco-friendly street cred, but it also has a few other nice perks, including the fact that the microfibre mop pad can be tossed in the washing machine between uses and that no bucket full of water is needed. The freedom from lugging around a sploshing bucket of dirty water was honestly enough to hook me.
You simply squirt the cleaner on the floor, scrub it with long strokes (though bigger messes, like dried smoothie remnants, may require a little more attention) and voila, the kitchen floor is clean and sparkling — and smells delicious. No need to open all the windows to air out that awful chemical smell like with my previous cleaning supplies!
But, like all products, it's not perfect. The metal and plastic construction of the mop itself makes me worry that a few hard scrubs could break the head clean off, and a few cracking noises during use helped reinforce that fear.
So, the verdict? Love the eco-friendly aspect and the great smelling cleaners (which left no apparent residue on the floor), but I am still a little concerned about how the mop will hold up to heavy scrubbing over time. In the meantime, my floors will be sparkling and my home will smell like almonds and lemon ginger.