Asked on Feb 20, 2017

My mop head is so dirty! Can I clean it or should I throw it out?

Leah Deverett
by Leah Deverett

I’ve had this mop for at least a year and have gotten a lot of use out of it. It’s starting to get really dirty (it used to be white) and I’m not sure if it’s worth trying to clean or to rather get a new mop. Advice? Thanks!

  17 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 20, 2017

    You can buy a replacement head.

  • Mary Mary on Feb 20, 2017

    It owes you nothing, get a new mop head.

  • Mary Mary on Feb 20, 2017

    Share your thoughts!

    et a new mop head.

  • Kathy Kathy on Feb 20, 2017

    Get a new one and this time launder it with your towels when it gets dingy or alone with a little bleach.

  • Carol G Carol G on Feb 20, 2017


  • Lisa Lisa on Feb 22, 2017

    Can use rit whitener/brightner

  • Inetia Inetia on Feb 22, 2017

    I'd get a new one and wash it regularly with the bath rugs.

  • Celia Gibson Celia Gibson on Feb 23, 2017

    Soak in bleach after every use.......or get a new one ..they don't cost much

    • Bink Bink on Feb 25, 2017

      Soaking a rag mop in bleach will damage the mop head after so many soakings

  • Gloria Gloria on Feb 23, 2017

    I would buy a new mop or replace the mop head.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Feb 23, 2017

    If still in good shape which it appears to be just wash with bleach I would let it soak first then machine wash and rinse with vinegar at least twice to get all bleach off. This should disinfect it as well so even if it doesn't come out optic white it still has life in it don't spend money unless you have to do so.

  • Tommi L. Perkins Tommi L. Perkins on Feb 24, 2017

    This may not be a detachable mop head. If not, just soak it in bleach water for a while after you use, rinse WELL, wring out and hang out to dry.

  • Debbie King Debbie King on Feb 25, 2017

    Just wash it in the washer with bleach on the light cycle. You will have to staighten it out with your fingers when it is done. I wash 6 at a time.

  • Dsn20986688 Dsn20986688 on Feb 25, 2017

    I wash my mopheads with a little bleach after I use it. I've had them for over a year and they're still almost like new.

  • S S on Feb 25, 2017

    I use a commercial mop head that easily is laundred everytime I wash cleaning rags

  • Irene Townsend Irene Townsend on Feb 25, 2017

    I have two one is used while the other is been cleaned. I would never put it through a washing machine, got so tangled ended up throwing it out. Just soak over night in a bleach, rinse under cold water then stand on handle so mop can hang down and let dry.

  • 4sh32798696 4sh32798696 on Mar 01, 2018

    Tangled mop head after machine wash. I'm going to knot the ends to see if this will prevent tangling and reduce having to purchase mop heads so frequently.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 20, 2023

    Hi there, hope this helps.


    Using a combination of hot water and bleach (or a disinfectant of your choice), soak the mop for about ten minutes then rinse thoroughly until water runs clear. Wring out mop head. Wring out the fibers thoroughly to speed up the drying process. Air-dry the mop.