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meltaway




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 3:39 pm
I write a blog series for those who have made aliyah or planning to make aliyah called The Olim Files. After popular demand on how to do sponga (something I wish I had a resource when I made Aliyah many years ago) I made a video of myself doing sponga and posted it on YouTube.

This is what I call Method #1. Follow up video with Method #2 coming soon.

A few points not mentioned in the video:
To avoid lots of suds, first fill the bucket with water and then add the sponga soap
Sweep the floor first

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Iymnok




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 3:43 pm
That looks like dry sponga.
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meltaway




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 3:48 pm
If there is a technical name, I'm not sure what it would be. Since I'm not pouring water all over the floor (Method #2) then I guess 'dry' is more descriptive than 'wet', though the rag is wet and not the floor...
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Iymnok




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 3:56 pm
That’s what Israelis call it. I call it wiping up.
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bouncy




 
 
 
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 4:35 pm
that's American sponga! I would love to pour water on the floor and give it a good bath. But I can't do that to my floor.
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amother




Lavender
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 4:41 pm
Why dont they sell regular mops in Israel?
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amother




Lavender
 

Post  Mon, Jan 20 2020, 4:43 pm
I don't know if this is called sponga, when I was there for a visit I saw water gushing down from the porch and the lady was saying she's making sponga.
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yonabets




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 5:23 am
You can do a little hole in your "smartout " to fix it at the sponga stick
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Rappel




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 5:28 am
I've recently discovered the broom method. Basically, those rubber brooms they sell in the makolet are actually amazing scrubbers for after the water, before the sweep up. My floor has never been so clean.

What do you all use for smartootim, for all day wipe ups? I can't get the hang of those microfiber cloths, but old cotton rags are just too wet.
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amother




Chocolate
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 6:49 am
Your so amazing for creating and video (and the more to come)!

Is a 1/4 capful the real amount ur suppose to use for a full bucket of water. If yes, I’m clearly doing something wrong because I fill the bucket and liberally pour from the floor cleaner. I would say a nice full cup worth. Too much??
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amother




Magenta
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 7:18 am
amother [ Lavender ] wrote:
Why dont they sell regular mops in Israel?

Because regular mops push around dirty water. In Israel, the floors have a drain. You push the water down the drain.
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FranticFrummie




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 8:32 am
Nice to see the video here. She's a friend of mine, and her blog is amazing.
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 10:23 am
amother [ Magenta ] wrote:
Because regular mops push around dirty water. In Israel, the floors have a drain. You push the water down the drain.
Maybe in older buildings and homes, but I havent seen a drain in an apartment or home in a loooong time.
Mops are not made for stone floors. They are made for wood or linoleum.
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 10:24 am
amother [ Chocolate ] wrote:
Your so amazing for creating and video (and the more to come)!

Is a 1/4 capful the real amount ur suppose to use for a full bucket of water. If yes, I’m clearly doing something wrong because I fill the bucket and liberally pour from the floor cleaner. I would say a nice full cup worth. Too much??
I know that if I put too much soap, I get a terribly soapy residue on the floor. You really dont need all that much soap. I think a full cup worth is WAY too much. I pour a cap full, maybe a little bit more, thats all.
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Rappel




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 12:35 pm
shabbatiscoming wrote:
Maybe in older buildings and homes, but I havent seen a drain in an apartment or home in a loooong time.
Mops are not made for stone floors. They are made for wood or linoleum.


Really? What do you do in your house then? Wipe it up with a dry rag?
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Roots




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 1:03 pm
most houses have a drain by the shower
those with a walk in shower take the water there
those with a mirpeset take the water to the drain there
and those on the ground floor wash out through the front door

a full cup is waaaay too much- I just pour a little bit
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 3:59 pm
Rappel wrote:
Really? What do you do in your house then? Wipe it up with a dry rag?
I dont pour out a lot of water at a time. I pour out just enough for each shmata use. No need for a dry rag at all.
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jan 22 2020, 4:01 pm
Roots wrote:
most houses have a drain by the shower
those with a walk in shower take the water there
those with a mirpeset take the water to the drain there
and those on the ground floor wash out through the front door

a full cup is waaaay too much- I just pour a little bit
The drains in our bathroom are drilled closed so that no water comes up out of the drain.
Not everyone cant sponga to their walk in shower (Or dont have one Wink )
I am on the ground floor and dont sponga out. I just use enough water each time. I never throw out a lot of water at once, so each time the sponga stick is used, the water gets soaked up by the shmatta and then I pour a little bit more water out.
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