I’ve tried about every mop there is, and I was never happy with the results. I was either using harsh chemicals or ineffective homemade solutions. I did a little research and found that a steam mop is the healthiest, easiest and most effective option.
Why? Most solutions used with the traditional mop and bucket contain bleach and other harmful chemicals. By walking on that surface, you are tracking those chemicals throughout the house where babies and pets get the most exposure. The fumes are also dangerous and can cause chronic health problems. By using a steam mop, you are only using water with it, so there are no chemicals used, ever. Not only is it healthier in the long run, it’s also a lot cheaper.
Swapping Frugally: By never having to buy solution, you’ll recoup the cost of the mop shortly. I bought a Eureka Enviro Hard-Surface Floor Steamer on Amazon 2 years ago for $64 and am really happy with my purchase. I researched and read reviews on quite a few steam mops and this one was rated to be the most versatile, and most effective in removing spills/stains. I love that I don’t have to scrub, the hot steam takes care of the mess without any heavy motions on my part. The price has dropped down to $59.99 on Amazon (this retails for $79.99 in store).