When my mom cooks (which is all the time), she always has a paper towel under each foot. She glides across her tiny kitchen from the counter to the stove and refrigerator, catching the drips that hit the floor. “Clean as you go” is her cheery mantra, and she totally pulls it off.
My house is not as clean as hers; I can’t even dream of conjuring up her level of enthusiasm for perpetually vacuuming and dusting every day. And these days my house is very messy. So when a friend sent me the link for these chenille mop slippersI have clicked.
Not only are these smart cleaners an eco-friendly update on my mom’s floor maintenance method, they’re also an absolute bargain. With eight pairs for just $10, these are a no-brainer. Would these clean-as-you-go slippers improve the condition of my tired home? There’s only one way to find out.
Yay, my slippers are here!
I thank the Amazon Prime guy and open the package. As promised, it contains four pairs of chenille mop slippers: one pair each in purple, blue, neon green, and bright orange. I open the purple for a closer inspection. They are stretchy and soft, like very substantial rhinestones (remember rhinestones?) with good quality elastic around the top for a good fit.
I slip them on my bare feet and discover that these little beauties are more cleverly designed than I thought. The outside has the long “stack” you see in the picture. The inside has rows of finer chenille, so they’re soft and soothing on my feet (my bunions go “ahhh”). It occurs to me that they are actually reversible.
Putting these babies to the test
These comfy, furry? slippers can slip over shoes, but I choose to go bareback (I don’t usually wear shoes around the house anyway).
My kitchen floor is made of plastic that looks like wood. My first concern is that the chenille is slippery. But it is not at all. It has enough grip, enough glide, and I can “clean on the go” like my mom, except I’m actually cleaning up last night’s dinner while I make this morning’s coffee. This is fun. I put on some music and find myself skating around the kitchen, darting here and there. I’m collecting motes while doing a much-needed functional exercise.
Next surface: real hardwood. Doing yoga in my living room means an intimate downward dog view of the film of dust that collects under the coffee table and elsewhere. I move over there and skim off the trouble spots with my super-powered chenille feet, then hit downward dog to check my work. Clean as a whistle.
The black and white tiles in the bathroom show dirt more than anything else in the house. I decide to turn a chenille slipper inside out so I can do “detail work”. Turns out I’m a genius. The finer side of the slipper not only picks up specks of dirt from the grouted spots between the tiles, but also inspires me to run a pointy foot across the metal baseboard, where dust loves to live. Rinse clean in a second, no bending over, no paper towels to add to the landfill. A win-win.
Wood stairs are my nemesis when it comes to dust. Going back to my Old West metaphor, it looks like a tumbleweed park for lounging. Moving up and down, I give each step a quick sweep from corner to corner. Voila.
Versatile and easy to wash.
Now I am inspired. I decide to take things to the next level. I open the blue pair and place one of the slippers on the end of a mop. I look for a few cobwebs in one corner of my bedroom ceiling, a small cluster only visible at night with bedside lamps, which I never remember having in the day when I’m cleaning. I nail it, then go from room to room, slippers on my feet and one in the air, cleaning all the top corners.
I come back with a well-worn mop shoe that needs a wash. I shake off the loose dirt outside, then drop it in the sink with the purple pair. Warm water, a drop of detergent, swish, swish, quick rinse. I touch my slippers and then place them on the shower rod. Because the soft polyester dries quickly, my slippers are ready to wear a few hours later, like new.
Floor cleaning, exercise and fun in a $10 purchase? These slippers are my new favorite find. I put them on every morning when I get out of bed and my feet feel warm and cared for. Throughout the day they pull me off my butt and onto my feet. Instead of noticing (dreadfully) a handful of crumbs or a film of dust, I attack it on the way to check the mail or while preparing lunch.
I decide to put two pairs on top and two pairs on bottom. I’m saving the orange pair for when I get the motivation to tackle the basement. Cold concrete floor, I’m coming for you. But not now.
For now, I’ll sit here, sipping tea, feet wrapped in cozy chenille. Clean on the go. That’s my motto. But first? Relax and enjoy.
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