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Trying to keep it straight, put away, and then found again…and maybe pretty for atleast a minute!

Comparison of Spray-Mops: Review & Giveaway (closed)

Disclosure: I received a free e-Cloth Aqua Spray Floor Mop in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  As always I am 100% honest in my opinions on this blog.


eCloth spray mop Confessions. I love a good convenience product. No matter the chemicals or cost, the convenience factor is sometimes the determinant to whether I use a product or not. With food, it might be a can of condensed soup. Yup. I know how many crazy ingredients there are in that BPA ridden-can…but in a pinch, I love it. I have to confess that I do.  As far as the cleaning products in my house, I also must say, that I have loved some VERY questionably safe products, that have loads of toxic, endocrine disrupting buggers in them…but again, in a pinch, I have loved them.

What if the convenience food or product was as easy, and convenient as it is good for us?
Would we use it above all others? Choose it first?

I decided to put it to the test… with mops. Upon receiving a sample Aqua Spray Floor Mop from eCloth, I decided to test it against a well know spray-mop on the market, comparing apples to apples. Spray-mops, as opposed to mop-mops are made to replace the mop & the bucket. I detest the mop & bucket. So the spray-mop showdown is a winner; Either way, I get a clean floor without using a bucket.  Here’s my take on the comparison:

Using Chemicals

The best selling, wet-spraying floor mop (read: It rhymes with “wet/bet”) uses a chemical spray that smells like sunshine and you clean it up with a disposable cloth. It isn’t cheap, but it does work. They cost about $35 on Amazon for the starter-kit. But don’t let the low cost fool you. Since it uses disposable cloths, the replacements (20/pk) are about $12, and the cleaning solution, is at $11. So If I divide the work into 52 weeks, assuming I mop once a week (harhar!), in a year this would actually cost me:

· Initial investment: $35.00 (includes a mop, 2 pads, and a bottle of cleaning solution)
· Each disposable pad is $1.66 X 52 (weeks) assuming 1pad/wk= $86.32
· Solution for 20 cleanings: $0.55 per clean X 52 (weeks)= $28.60
· It takes 4 AAA batteries (at $2.50 a pack) to spray, assume you replace them once= $5.00
· Total cost for using the mop for one year: $154.92
· Total cost the second year, assuming it still works is the $154.92 minus the initial investment of the mop ($35.)= Cost after initial investment $ 119.00

Conversely, if you want a Chemical-Free Convenient spray-mop:

The e-Cloth version of the rhymes with ‘wet/bet’ is the new Aqua Spray Deep Clean Mop.
It has an interchangeable pad that fits the regular mop and also this new one, that is guaranteed up to 300 washes. It has the same e-cloth fiber technology that removes grease, dirt and over 99% of bacteria from hard floor surfaces using just water and the mop – No Chemicals Needed! Because it has the water build right in, in eliminates the need for a bucket- it is super convenient.

Cost= $49.99

As the website states, there are NO CHEMICALS to buy, so the cost savings is huge. You just wash the mop heads. Even if you only washed the mop head once a week, at 52 weeks a year, you’d have 5 ¾ years of use before you’d need to replace the pads!

It is literally LESS THAN HALF the cost (!!) of the “inexpensive” mop that they sell in the store! And the bonus is there are NO chemicals. If you have pets, infants, or children who tend to drop things and then put them in their mouths (5 second rule!) then you don’t want any nasty chemicals lurking on those floors! In sum: No chemical cleaners to buy, no pads to run out of, no batteries to replace, kills 99% of germs with just water.

To me it is a no-brainer. If:

It works.
It’s cheap.
It is environmentally safe.

A trifecta of winning. And I will choose it over the other guy, hands down.

Winner of the spray-mop comparison: e-Cloth Aqua Spray Floor Mops!e-cloth aqua spray floor mop

Check it out here:

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F: www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
T: @ecloth
P: www.pinterest.com/eclothUSA
I: @eclothUSA
Y: http://www.youtube.com/eclothCleaning

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Happy October! A New Month-Long Clear the Clutter Challenge!

Happy October. I have a new challenge for you this month!

31 days

Clearing the cobwebs! I want to put up pretend cobwebs at the end of this month and clear out all the real ones! Now I am not talking aboutt mental cobwebs- those, you will have to deal with on your own (ginkobiloba!) The actual fuzz balls hiding the corners of my house are the dust-devils that I want to purge, and I have a plan that will break it down for us over the course of the month, and then I hope November will bring some other projects to ready us for the Eating Day. You may call it Thanksgiving. Ok then… And then there are a few other days in December that I need to get the house ready for, so clearing the path for fun is my end-goal here- are you with me??!!

Just like an archer, we need to be able to see the target, before we can aim to hit it- Let’s set up a plan of attack. Today is the first day of our first week. Each week on Thursday I will post an inspiring organizational tip or hack to motivate you on this project- The beauty of my checklist is that you can do it all in a day, or spread the work out week by week, or over the month. Join me!

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To keep you motivated all month long, HAG will post daily Facebook and Instagram prompts as well as weekly blog posts. Be sure to follow @hardlyagoddess and be sure to also share your own de-cluttering challenge tips & ideas using hashtag #ClearClutterHAG.

Join the challenge.  The worst that can happen is that you start decluttering and make a little mess.   But the BEST that could happen is that you donate and trash a bunch of stuff you never use and your house and mind are lighter, you have space to organize what you do want to have, and you can think about what you do want or need and make a wish-list for the upcoming holidays!

To join the challenge, click HERE to receive the Clear the Clutter Checklist. Or, you can follow along on at HardlyAGoddess or follow Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Best of all, it’s fun, it’s free, and you are Clearing the Clutter!

DIY: Clean Your Dishwasher with Baking Soda & Vinegar

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So, I just unclogged my upstairs sink (the one the kids use of course!) with my handy vinegar and baking soda trick.  This little trick is just to remove the stopper, pour baking soda down the drain, add vinegar and let them attack eachother like a sixth grade science experiment.  After you let them brew for atleast 20 minutes, you pour boiling water (I have tried hot but it really has to be boiling) down the drain.  It eats away at whatever is down my kids’ sink and slowing it to a crawl…most of the time anyway!

Since I didn’t take any pictures of this excitement,  I thought that the next best thing would be share some pics and a description on how to clean your dishwasher using the same two naturally environmentally-friendly cleaners: Baking soda and vinegar!  To help give me some clout, and so you will actually do this- I am crediting Bob Villa,

From the Bob Vila website- linked image

Remember him from This Old House? Here’s a side-note, and just a wee little digression: I think Bob Villa sort of raised me via my parents inclination to do everything that Bob did- with OUR old house, thus ingraining a can-do attitude in me that even though very often, I can’t-do, I think I can…Thank you Bob!  (Soooo I have a tender heart for anything Bob Villa)…

Okay, let’s continue!  Bob (I feel okay with the first-name basis), and also Better Homes and Gardens and lot of other clever folks all over the internet have websites on this same topic, and these sites gave me lots of ideas on this easy process. Here’s what you do, and what I did, in 3 easy steps:

  1. Remove the bottom rack of the unit and clear the drain of any food or gunk, wiping away what you can.
  2. Fill a dishwater safe container with one cup of white vinegar. Place this on the top rack- the rest of the dishwasher should be empty.  Close the door, and run a hot water cycle. Once done, remove the vinegar.
  3. clean dishwasherNow sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher, and run a short hot-cycle.

Now, Bob didn’t say this next part, but it sort of my step 4 and THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!

4. Take a toothbrush, some rags and wipe out any of the gunk in the little places that totally gross you out: all around the inside, the outside, the spray arm, the accessories.

This should do it.  I really don’t have an “after” picture, because the high-shine of the stainless is all but rusty looking on my camera…this would not prove my point of how much of an improvement this little chore did for my dishwasher in the least- so here is another nice picture that I took today instead.

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See how pretty? AND the bonus is that you can see my little St. Joseph and Hula-girl in the window. Your welcome!

I am adding my link to Living Well, Spending Less, and also the PinJunkie where you will find lots of great ideas for your home!

And now, in honor of cleaning…only hours left to enter!: