How to Make Floor Mops

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Make your own mop with an old towel.
Make your own mop with an old towel. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Manufacturers offer many automated mops that have several advantages over manual mops. The long-term cost of replacing the disposable parts of many of these mops, however, is usually expensive. Manual mops may be more affordable, but they have limited life spans and often need replacement. Fortunately, you can make your own mop from recycled items, such as an old mop stick and an old towel. When your mop is no longer effective, you can create a replacement in less than an hour. Self-made mops are both cost-efficient and green.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Bath towel
  • Twine

Trim the hemmed edges off an old bath towel. Cut three strands of twine that are each about 1 foot long.

Lay the towel on a flat surface and cut it lengthwise into strips that are about 1-inch wide. The strips can be roughly the same size, it is not necessary to be precise.

Place the stick on the strips of towel. Align the head of the stick with one edge of the strips. Hold the strips together around the head of the stick and wrap a strand of twine tightly around them. Tie the ends of the twine together with a tight knot.

Tie the towel strips to the stick again at a point that is about 2 inches down from the head of the stick. Wrap the second piece of twine tightly around this section and secure it with a knot.

Point the stick down so that the strips flop down. Gather the strips together under the head of the mop and tie them together again with the last piece of string. Finish with a knot.

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