Jillmopping is defined as the act of using a younger sibling’s head and hair (instead of a mop) to clean a mess or spill created by the younger sibling. The term was coined by an anonymous San Jose State University student after the Youtube video he posted about his new technique went viral.


In an interview with CNN, the student (remaining anonymous) recounted his story that led to the invention of Jillmopping.

“On August 28, 2012 I returned home from school to find spilled juice and cracker crumbs all over the wooden floor in my room. I quickly moved upstairs to ask Jill and my other sisters who was responsible for the mess. After Jill claimed responsibility for the mess, I instinctively picked her up, dipped her head in a bucket of soapy water, and proceeded to use her head as a mop. Ten minutes later, I was so impressed with the results that I decided to trash my old mop. Then I decided this technique could be useful to the world and created another (In the style of Bill Mays) commercial-like video on Youtube advertising the technique.”


After the video went viral, entrepreneurs quickly began experimenting with the technique in order to improve and find ways to make Jillmopping into business. Several people that decided to try the technique left video reviews on Youtube stating that the technique does not work on carpet or cement. Others mentioned that Jillmops with more hair tend to be more successful.

A number of cleaners and floor shampoos have been created for the sole purpose of Jillmopping. They can be found on

The technique has received mixed reviews. Forbes estimates that Jillmopping has saved millions of dollars for people worldwide and has led to the led a dramatic decrease in business for mop manufacturers. Human Rights activists have not taken kindly to the technique and have filed a class action lawsuit against the student and every entrepreneur with products associating with Jillmopping. A hearing in federal court in schedule for December 3, 2012.