Every January, Aldi starts stocking shelves with cleaning and organizing products to help us get our houses in shape after the busy holidays. Enter the Easy Home Spin Mop, which Aldi sells as an ALDI Find (Special Buy), which means that it’s only in stores for a few weeks, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. I bought a Clorox mop at a big box store last year, and I’ve been somewhat disappointed in its performance, so I decided to try my luck with Aldi’s mop.
The Easy Home Spin Mop sold for $19.99 at the time of publication, and it is suitable for all hard surfaces and comes with a mop, two mop heads, and a special bucket. This product is made in China.
The microfiber mop heads are machine washable, and the bucket has a foot pedal that controls water release. Tapping the foot pedal two times gives you a “damp mop.” Tapping the pedal five times gives you a “drier mop.” Tapping it 10 times gives you a “very dry mop.”
The design allows for hands-free wringing without having to bend over, and a splash guard on the bucket controls water spray. The mop has a pivoting head that cleans under furniture and reaches into corners.
So how does the mop work? And will it get your floors clean?
Assembly and Maintenance:
When I opened the box, I found the bucket with the spin feature already in place and requiring no assembly. The mop handle comes in three sections that screw together, and then I simply had to pop one of the two washable mop heads onto the mop handle.
I got the mop head fastened on with no trouble, but I wasn’t sure how to remove the mop head to wash it later. I gently pried it with my fingers, but it stayed put, and I didn’t want to pull too hard and break it. There was no instruction sheet or manual inside the box, and I was confused for a minute until I noticed that assembly instructions, maintenance tips, and usage instructions were printed on two inner flaps on the box. Then everything made more sense.
To remove the mop head, you step on the mop head and pull the handle up. Then the mop head pops off. The instructions also say to attach the mop head by aligning the mop head with the base, and then you step down on the mop head base until it snaps securely into place.
The mop heads can be machine washed or hand washed in warm water and laid flat to dry. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Store the accompanying bucket in dry conditions and do not expose to excessive sunlight.
How to Use:
To use the mop, fill the bucket with water to the marked “max line” on the inside of the bucket. I filled my bucket by using my sink’s spray attachment. The bucket is large enough that my sink’s faucet gets in the way a bit. If I’m only filling the bucket a little, I use the kitchen sink. If I want a full bucket, it’s easier to fill it in the bathtub. The bucket is decent-sized, although I’m not sure how many gallons it takes to get to the fill line, but it seems like plenty of water for household cleaning.
Next, place the mop inside the larger deep part of the bucket to get it wet. Then place the wet mop inside the wringer — a gray basket mounted on one side of the bucket. The instructions say to loosely hold the mop handle vertically to allow the mop to spin. However, I cannot get my mop handle to go completely vertical. The straightest and highest I can get it is about a 45-degree angle, which works fine when I’m actually mopping my floors.
Through some trial and error, I discovered the key to getting the mop head to spin in the wringer is to make sure all the mop’s cloth stringy bits are tucked into the wringer basket, and then position the disc the mop head is attached to so that it sits level in the wringer. The mop won’t spin as well if it’s angled in the wringer.
Once the mop head is positioned in the wringer, step on the foot pedal outside the bucket a few times — causing the wringer to spin — to reach the desired mop moisture level.
I noticed this mop is great at cleaning the hard-to-reach space under my kitchen island, which is technically portable because it sits on wheels but is really too heavy and large to move frequently. The mop handle can tilt so it is flat and parallel with the floor, allowing it to reach under many low items.
The mop has a circular plastic piece under the head, and I’m a bit concerned about it scraping against my floors. The top of the mop head also brushes against my floors if the cloth mop head strings get pushed a certain way. It seems like the mop would benefit from being a little more cushy to avoid the plastic parts coming so close to the floor. Generally, though, this mops okay for me, and the plastic parts don’t scrape against my floors too much, and when they do they don’t cause damage such as scratches.
The ALDI Find (Special Buy) limited-time Easy Home Spin Mop works well for household cleaning, and we’ve had ours for a year now. The foot-pedal spin feature means you can customize the mop’s moisture level depending on your cleaning needs, without having to bend down or get your hands wet. The handle also bends down so the mop can reach under furniture, and the mop heads are washable. There are a few plastic parts that sometimes scrape against my floors a bit, but my floors aren’t any worse for the wear because of that.