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About The Mop Shop


Who We Serve

Individuals and families living in Jo Daviess County who self-identify as being in need are invited to visit The Mop Shop once a month.  A total of six items may be selected every month with laundry detergent and fabric softener available every other month. 


First-time clients are asked to complete a single page registration form with name, address, phone number and the names and ages of those living at the same address.  Following registration, clients simply check in when visiting The Mop Shop.

What We Have

Multi-surface cleaners
Dusting supplies
Dish soap
Laundry Detergent
Disinfecting Wipes
Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Brushes
Buckets and mops
Brooms and dustpans
Bath and kitchen cleansers
Paper towels
Trash bags
Rags and sponges
Liquid Plumber and plungers


Our Vision

Begin as a stand-alone entity until/unless user demand requires the move to a 501(C)(3) designation. Develop the concept to serve as a template for other communities within Illinois and throughout the country such that mop shops become as prevalent as food banks.  It is our contention that if people cannot afford food, they likely cannot afford cleaning supplies.


The need was initially identified when multiple gift requests on the holiday angel tree in a local bank included cleaning supplies. Local social service agencies and food banks recognized the need for cleaning supplies but their primary focus was on the procurement and distribution of food.

Living in an unsanitary and unhealthy environment negatively impacts not only the health of the individual/family but their self-esteem as well.

Thus, the creation of The Mop Shop.

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