I Tried the Smart New Mop System That Keeps the Clean and Dirty Water *Totally* Separate

published Jul 26, 2021
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Credit: Danielle Centoni

I’m pretty sure we’re all looking for the holy grail of floor-cleaning systems. We want a mop that allows us to scrub dirty floors without us breaking into a sweat, and one that detaches so we can give it a thorough cleaning in the washing machine in between uses. A mop that doesn’t leave behind a lake of water or require us to touch the nasty mop head to wring it out. A mop that doesn’t have us trying to clean with dirty water. (Because, what sense does that even make?)

One look at the store shelves and it’s easy to see there are plenty of mop options on the market today. (Moptions?) Gone are the days when the choice was simply sponge versus string. We now have powered steam mops, mops that look like vacuum cleaners, and more. And even among the analog variety, there are all kinds of innovations like tanks that squirt cleaning solution, or ways to wring out the water while keeping your hands clean.

And yet, there’s still room for more innovation and improvement! Which is where the new O-Cedar EasyWring Rinse Clean spin mop comes in. It looks like a traditional string mop, but it comes with a fancy dual-compartment bucket with a spinning basket on one side. You fill the clean water tank, open the slider to let the water rush into that compartment, and dunk in your mop. When you spin the excess or dirty water out of the mop in the basket on the other side, that water collects at the bottom of the bucket, totally separate from the clean water reservoir. No mopping with dirty water, no rinsing or squeezing with your hands, and no large puddles of water. Best of all, it costs around $45 — not nearly the investment of pricey powered mops.

The spin mop has legions of fans on TikTok for its ability to get the job done with a low ick-factor at an equally low price. Watching review after glowing review, I knew I had to give it a try.

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Here it is: The O-Cedar EasyWring spin mop.

My Honest Review of the O-Cedar EasyWring Rinse Clean Spin Mop

Let me first explain that I have tried nearly every kind of mop and ended up hating them all. My kitchen has tile floors (not my choice) and tile means grout. And that means the entire kitchen floor is one big, uneven surface that’s difficult to clean. Nothing seems to clean the grout well — not a regular mop, sponge mop, or microfiber mop. Plus, I hated dragging two buckets around (you know, one for clean and one for dirty water) and the pools of water that took forever to dry. Years ago, I tried using a powered wet/dry vac, so it could scrub, rinse, and almost dry all in one go, but it was too heavy and hard to maneuver — especially in the corners. 

Having been disappointed so many times before, I kept my expectations in check when I tested out the new O-Cedar spin mop. But it turns out it’s the closest thing to perfection that I’ve ever tried. The secret is that bucket. It has those two compartments (one for clean water and one for dirty), and it’s engineered to solve mopping’s two biggest problems: again, that clean water issue, and it wrings the mop nearly dry with a built-in spinner basket that’s powered by pushing a pedal with your foot.

The sliding lever!

I was a little skeptical this design would actually rinse the mop head clean, but it totally does! I filled the tank with warm water and a bit of cleaning solution. There’s a sliding lever on the clean side that lets the clean water rush in to the compartment. Once the level of water hits the opening, it stops flowing. When I pushed the mop in, it soaked up the water, which dropped the level and more fresh water from the tank flowed in. Then, I put the mop in the spin basket on the other side and pumped the pedal with my foot a few times to spin the excess water out, which gets collected in the bucket below. 

Credit: Danielle Centoni
The mop head still looks pretty good after use.

The microfiber head really absorbs a lot of liquid, which makes me feel like it’s gets a full refresh with each dunk. After mopping an area, I stuck the mop head in the clean side to soak up fresh water, then spun all the grossness out with a few pumps of my foot. As long as there’s water in the tank, the clean side keeps filling with clean water. And the mop head didn’t even look all that dirty when I was done! 

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Look at my grout after mopping!

The string-style mop head itself did a great job cleaning my floor — even the dreaded grout. The triangular plastic head that holds the strings makes it easy to get into tight corners, or to put pressure on areas that need more scrubbing. And the microfiber material really grabbed the dirt. There were a few stuck-on bits that required more work, but even those came clean without me having to get on my hands and knees. Knowing I could snap the head off the handle and toss it in the washing machine made me feel a lot better, too!

Also, I couldn’t believe how fast my floor dried without all the usual puddles. It was ready to walk on in just a couple of minutes. My only quibble with the spin mop is the bucket is pretty chunky, so it’s not the easiest thing to store if space is tight. But considering how well it gets the job done, I’m happy to make room!

Do you have a floor-cleaning tool you love as much as I love my new O-Cedar device? Discuss in the comments below!