Lysol is a big, trusted name in the cleaning industry and they are constantly coming out with new and innovative products. The Lysol Self-Wringing mop is no exception. It may be the perfect solution for someone who likes a traditional mop design, but also hates it when the mop strings shred with repeated use or having to use a bucket to wring out the dirty water. Does the mop hold up? Let’s take a look.
Lysol Self-Wringing – The Mop
Lysol is a household brand in the cleaning products world. The parent company is the British Reckitt Benckiser, which was founded way back in 1823 in Germany. Lysol itself did not come out until 1889 and did an equal amount of good and bad. The Antiseptic disinfectant was used to fight cholera in Germany, a feminine hygiene product, and a popular means for Australians to take their own lives. While most of the products that Lysol puts out, such as the All Purpose Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray, and the Bathroom Cleaner, are used at the other end of the mop, they also produced the Self Wringing Mop in the late 2000s.
The package for this mop is fairly straightforward. It comes with the steel pole, the mop head, and the plastic housing of the self-wringer. It doesn’t include any extra mop heads – they would need to be purchased separately.
The Lysol Self-Wringing mop is advertised as being lightweight. The handle is steel, which is slightly heavier than aluminum. The rest of the mop is not constructed of heavy materials, though, so it is not too big of a deal. The whole thing only comes out to 1.58 pounds altogether. The steel handle measures 48″, which is a good height for various kinds of cleaning. The metal is high quality, and it shows in the mop’s construction.
The mop head is made of strips of a sponge-like material that is coated in an “anti-microbial agent” which is designed to ward off mold, bacteria, and mildew. The strips are a neon green color. One side is printed with the brand name repeating across the length of the strips, and the other has scrubby dots for extra cleaning power. A few people have extended the life of the original mop head by detaching it from the handle and throwing it into the washing machine. One customer raved about the result, and one said that it ruined the mop head. Your results could differ, but it might be best to wash it on the delicate cycle to avoid issues.
The third and last component is the plastic piece that allows the user to wring out the mop without needing a specialized bucket or using their hands. While I would not have considered the possibility of wringing a mop out with my bare hands, “keeping your hands dry” is a big enough issue that they made it one of the major selling points for the mop.
The plastic wringer is the cause of much ire in this mop’s review section. One particularly irate customer urged the company to take Made in the USA off of the box because the wringer broke off straight out of the packaging. Another issue is that the wringer can be difficult to operate. The mop strands do not go all the way up into the wringer, which means that all of the water will not be eliminated from the mop.
Does it Clean Well?
The cleaning ability of this mop is pretty impressive for the price. It is small and lightweight, so it’s easy to use in multiple cleaning scenarios. Whether you are looking to scrub your kitchen or bathroom floors, this mop will do a great job, and won’t build up mold or mildew due to its design. You can even lightly wet it, and clean the cobwebs and dust off of your ceilings, or behind other furniture. Due to its small size, it would likely not be an appropriate cleaning tool for industrial settings such as schools or hospitals. Unlike certain other mops, it does not leave streaks behind on your floors. It appears to be safe to use on all surfaces that you would use a mop, such as tile flooring, hardwood floors, or linoleum.
Cost & Pricing Information
You can expect to pay about $20 for this mop. It is available in most places where mops are sold, such as Amazon and Home Depot. Replacement mop heads are sold in packs of one and they cost about $10.50 on Amazon. Depending on your cleaning schedule, you should be expecting to get about a month of life out of each mop head. Reviewers of the product have suggested putting the mop head in the washing machine after it gets dirty, while others have suggested that will just rip it apart. Your results may vary.
Lysol Self-Wringing Mop Overall – Is It Worth It?
The Lysol Self-Wringing Mop is a fair choice for people who are looking for something lightweight and versatile. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it doesn't need to. The sponge-like material of the mop head cleans up both small and large masses well. Its small size allows it to reach small areas that other mops might not be able to clean. For some people, the self-wringing feature leaves something to be desired, but overall it cleans pretty well. For the initial price of $20, you can't go wrong with this mop.
The spongelike material is great for cleaning many different kinds of messes.
Cleans well and is fairly durable for the price
Small enough to fit in tough to reach places
The antimicrobial agent the mop head is treated with stops the growth of mildew, bacteria, and mold.
The mop's defining feature, the self wringing plastic piece, can be difficult to use
The plastic piece is prone to breaking