How To Clean A Dirty Mop Head

Tips on how to clean a dirty mop head. to keep it hygienic and a more efficient floor clean. No more smelly, bacteria building dirty mop heads.

Keeping our floors clean is one of the most important tasks at home. Whether you have kids, pets, or many visitors, the floors can get dirty, dusty, and stained easily. A mop is one of the most basic cleaning tools that we use to remove dirt and grime from our hard floors. However, if the mop head is dirty or smelly, it can spread bacteria and make your floors even dirtier. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to clean a dirty mop head to make your cleaning more effective and hygienic.

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Kat’s Tip:
To prevent bacteria growth, never leave your mop
head soaking in the bucket longer than 24 hours.

Steps to clean clean a dirty mop head

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  • Dispose of the dirty water from the mop bucket in a suitable manner, such as pouring it onto the garden or down the drain.

  • Thoroughly rinse the bucket with water to remove any residue.

  • Clean the bucket using an antibacterial cleaner, ensuring that the solution sits for 5 minutes to eliminate germs effectively.

  • Rinse the bucket with clean water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution. Allow the mop bucket to air dry completely before storing it away.


  • For non-removable mop heads, simply soak them in hot water and 1 cup of vinegar for 10 minutes. Afterwards, give it a good wring and let it dry under the sun’s rays.

  • If your mop head is machine washable, throw it in with your other dirty cleaning cloths, adding 1 cup vinegar and your regular laundry detergent. Wash as usual and dry in the sunshine letting the sunlight work its magic while drying – an effective natural way to eliminate bacteria.

  • Sometimes, a dirty mop head may require a deeper cleaning to remove stubborn stains, odours, or bacteria. You can use water, vinegar, and baking soda to soak the mop head for a few hours or overnight. After deep cleaning, always rinse the mop head thoroughly and let it dry completely before using it again.

How often?

after each use. 

Cleaning a dirty mop head may seem like a tedious and unpleasant task, but it’s essential for ensuring the hygiene and quality of your floors. By following my steps you can clean your mop head effectively, safely, and easily. Remember that a clean mop head not only removes dirt and bacteria from the floors but also saves you time, money, and effort in the long run. 

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