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So, just how well did these Scentiva mop pads stack up against the rest of the competition during our Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths Review? Read on to find out!
In this post…
- About Clorox Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths
- Initial Goals & Expectations of Scentiva Floor Mop Cloths
Are Clorox Scentiva Mopping Cloths Any Good?
- Smell-ability Rating
- Design Rating
- Performance Rating
- The Downsides
- The Upsides
- Neat-ish Rating Breakdown
ABOUT CLOROX DISINFECTING MOPPING CLOTHS
- Different amounts available, such as 12-count, 24-count, and single-use refills
- Safe for finished wood, laminate, vinyl, glazed tile, linoleum, and quartz
- Promises to kill up to 99.9% of germs and viruses
- Compatible with Swiffer mops
- Available currently in 2 different scents:
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INITIAL GOALS & EXPECTATIONS
By the time Covid-19 was just starting to gain attention, I’d watched enough Walking Dead and prepper shows out of boredom to know when to take notice.
Things hadn’t quite gotten so bad that we’d fallen into quarantine. We also hadn’t taken a headfirst dive into a national shortage of toilet paper, disinfectants, paper towels, and my fave 4-cheese tortellini yet. Still, I knew disinfecting products and other essentials were likely going to run out and rather quickly.
I knew we needed typical disinfecting products and the usual essentials, but I wanted something for our floors after being out in public too. I also needed something that would be quick and easy to use, that disinfected, cleaned thoroughly, and that I could discard when finished.
That one time when sanitizers and disinfectants became ‘The Precious.’
Aside from that, my main issues were that I have a nose-sensitive mother, 3 fur babies, the fact that I hate mopping, and a viral pandemic looming over the country like Voldemort that we had to try to keep at bay. My mother’s sensitive nose automatically knocked off a few contenders that I would typically use, so I had few options.
Suddenly, I was like a real-life Michonne of the Covid World, sans the Rick-ster, preparing for a critical mission: Operation Mop Head. But it at least gave me something to do and to distract myself with while on lockdown and stuck on my mother’s couch, fresh through a breakup, starting over, and pretending not to freak out.
I was also curious as to whether or not coconut-smelling mop pads could make me love mopping, once and for all—or, at least, manage to temporarily transport me to daydreams of a secluded beach somewhere awesome, sipping on a piña colada. #GoFigure #ScentofDenial #WishfulThinking
Cue Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths in Pacific Breeze and Coconut. And, yes, we would definitely be doomed in a real Walking Dead situation.
ARE CLOROX SCENTIVA MOPPING CLOTHS GOOD?
Because there are several factors to consider when cleaning, even with the product itself, I decided to break this Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths review down, step-by-step for the following:
As many people know by now, Scentiva has some great-smelling products that make the line a huge success and a big step-up from traditional (and even not-so-traditional) cleaners.
There’s also another thing that Scentiva has going for it: their stuff smells as the names claim, unlike most other products with luxurious-sounding scent profile names, many of which rarely wind up smelling the way they’re described. Eureka!
Put the Lime in the Coconut, Spin ‘Em Altogether
The Pacific Breeze and Coconut smells coconut-y…in that lovely, artificial-yet-still-pleasant way most people think coconut smells. The Tuscan Lavender & Jasmine smells like flowers only without sending you into Migraineville. However, we’ve only cleaned with the coconut-scented one but both have rave reviews.
The scents also aren’t so herbaceously potent that you’re left smelling as though you just came back from a Grateful Dead or Peter, Paul & Mary show via a time machine. Always a big plus, in my opinion.
Deodorizing and Non-Traditional
In the end, users can quickly deodorize their humble abode from whatever lingering odors dwell within, all while magically turning it into a glorious after-whiff state of bliss at the same time.
In fact, the smell is so not traditional-smelling, as far as cleaning products go, that people may not even guess you cleaned at the last minute (a.k.a. the house woke up this way). Voila!
Get Cleaning Incentive and Some Enthusiastic Surfer Approval
The smell factor alone can be an excellent incentive for the lazy or unmotivated souls who really couldn’t be bothered to clean their floors in the first place. Or if your house wreaks of musty cheese and old gym socks and you need a quick fix, this might do the trick. But, hey, no judging… #ItSmellsLike…Victory
Update: I even had intentionally mopped with the Scentive Pacific Breeze and Coconut ones before a termite inspector came as part of my mother’s house sale. He apparently was a full-on surfer, surfer voice and all, which isn’t all that surprising as we’re not far from the beach.
I guess he swooned over the scent while I was out walking the dog, with him hardly being able to concentrate and repeatedly going on and on about it, saying how good it smelled. Sounded pretty hilarious. I kept picturing a young Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High while hearing the story. 🤙
Packaging: The design of the product is pretty basic. I experienced an initial package leak with the container after the first use. While the packaging isn’t much different from other products, I do feel it could use improvement.
Compatibility: I was a little confused at first on the right mop to use with the cloths. I figured there was some OEM version of a Clorox mop out there that I needed to have for the pads to work, because that’s often how it seems to go these days, and…well, Capitalism. As it turns out, they’re compatible with Swiffer mop heads.
Durability: The durability of the cloths is pretty basic, too, but they’re certainly a step up from earlier mopping pad versions. I didn’t experience the pads falling apart, even on my mother’s cobbled tile. I was, however, kind of missing a “heavy-duty” texture to get at stuck-on spots as I’ve seen on other brands. Stuck-on spots still lingered, even though they were pretty mild, forcing me to go back and clean it with something else.
The overall performance, compared to other products, was so-so. I would put them on par with Swiffer’s basic wet mop pad, but a touch better and with a better scent.
Scrub Factor: As mentioned under durability, I do wish that the cloths had a bit more grit or texture to them. Although there is undoubtedly some texture, it wasn’t quite like Swiffer’s Heavy-Duty version nor offering microfiber-type mop efficiency. Again, I was left having to go back over areas later with something else in some cases.
Longevity: While reading customer reviews on the cloths, I kept seeing people mention how long the pads lasted, and many said they could do their entire home with just one pad. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my experience. Two or more pads had to be used to get the job done even somewhat reasonably well. Considering my mother’s place is a 1068 sqft home, including carpet and area rugs, I’m not too impressed.
Disinfecting: As with most disinfectant products, the surface you want to disinfect will need to be cleaned and pretty much saturated with the disinfecting product. Secondly, it not only needs to stay saturated but kept that way long enough to kill any germs. To achieve some disinfecting results, I had to use two or more cloths (typically 3 for more heavy-duty work) to keep it wet enough.
The pricing on the cloths varies on the size you get, but they’re pretty inexpensive.
Even so, it’s good to keep in mind that they’re one-time use. You may also need to use more than one per session, and there are generally more cost-effective ways to mop floors out there.
The number of Clorox disinfecting mopping cloths I had to use to get my mother’s place clean was the biggest downside for me. While the pads were pretty much sopping wet to start with, they dried out so quickly that it made it almost impossible to get the floor wet enough, much less keep it that way. Maybe that was from our drier, California climate, but I felt it still worth mentioning.
In order to disinfect a surface, you usually have to make sure that the surface is saturated and stays that way for several minutes. With the Scentiva cloths, this usually requires a lot more pads to achieve but it was still doable.
The Scentiva cloth’s performance could be improved, and it could move better on floors. We also found that we had to go over certain areas more than once, particularly after using it the first minute or so.
The main upsides for me are that Clorox coconut floor wipes fast to grab and easy to use. They’re also great for those who want to deodorize their home and give it a pleasant, long-lasting scent. Best of all, they’re disposable, and I love being able to use them in a pinch. If we have a last-minute warning about someone coming by, or if I’m just feeling lazy, they’re usually the first thing I grab.
The pads are also great for messes that you may not want to use your washable mop heads on. For instance, we use them the most after picking up pet accidents, just to make sure the spot’s extra clean. And, sometimes, it’s nice to have more than one cleaning option, and I find that this is an excellent alternative to switch things up.
Short version: Are they the best out there? No. Are they the worst? Nope. 🙂 But if you want a good-smelling and quick-ish way to disinfect your floors, then you might really like these.
After using the Scentiva mop cloths several times now, I obviously found a few cons, but some of the pros may outweigh those issues for some people. A lot of this, however, will depend on the user’s overall goals.
I personally think that they should’ve done a mopping soap solution instead, such as Pine-sol, Mr. Clean, or Method’s Squirt and Mop Floor Cleaner, but that’s me.
DO CLOROX SCENTIVA MOPPING CLOTHS WORK?
Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths can be a great solution for people who just want a great-smelling and convenient product that cleans and disinfects.
However, if you’re already using a similar product that appeals to you, or want the One Mop to Rule Them all experience, then these may not be worth the switch. That is, unless you’re after the scent factor and a quick cleaning solution.
For deep clean mopping, I recommend going with a spin mop or similar, such as the O-Cedar Mop, which we have a review on here. If you have a spin mop or traditional mop and just want something quick and easy for lighter cleanings, then you may want a spray mop, such as this Rubbermaid Reveal mop or similar.
WOULD WE PURCHASE IT AGAIN?
Yes, but mainly because we really like the scent and the convenient disinfecting. Although this isn’t our favorite method to use, we do plan to buy more for in-between maintenance cleanings as well as to disinfect.
However, I will continue to grab my O’Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop (review link) for a deeper clean. You can often find them online with places like Target or Amazon. Although it may vary by location, more brick-and-mortar stores seem to be carrying them as well.
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Clorox Scentiva Mopping Cloths
- Disinfects and it’s a quick way to go about it
- Smells fantastic!
- Good for helping to deodorize a room quickly
- Appealing and universally friendly scents to choose from
- Okay for quick mopping
- The product’s packaging is flimsy and not air-tight. May leak if not in a level spot.
- Little hard to see what mop it works with right off the bat (Swiffer).
- May not finish the entire for before drying out and needing a replacement.
- May have to go over the floor more than once and not the smoothest mopping experience.
- Cloth’s texture and design could be improved.
- Not the best choice for actual cleaning or deep cleaning.
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Do you have a favorite mop or mopping cloth? Let us know in the comments!
If you found our Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths Review helpful, check out our post on The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting for more tips for more information on disinfecting and sanitizing.