Woman's Broken Mop Handle Mistaken for X-Rated Toy in Viral Video

A woman's mop handle was mistaken for an X-rated toy by her friends in a video that has gone viral on social media.

The cleaning fan, who calls herself Claire on TikTok, bought a Swiffer mop, but broke off its purple handle while using it.

The 24-year-old left the broken handle on her kitchen counter and thought nothing of it, until her friends popped over—and decided the interestingly shaped item resembled a sex toy.

Claire shared the tale on TikTok, where she said: "Last night my friends walked in, and they were like, 'Damn, Claire, why you leaving that kind of stuff on the counter?' And I'm like, 'Oh no, don't worry, it's just the broken handle of my Swiffer.'"

The woman, who lives in Austin, Texas, later admitted the mop handle did look somewhat raunchy, writing: "I can see where she thought otherwise though."


I can see where she thought otherwise though #funny #fyp #kinktok

♬ original sound - Claire

The TikTok clip about the mix-up has been watched more than 4 million times since it was uploaded last month.

People cracked numerous jokes about the mop, which costs around $20 in various stores including Walmart.

User Pedro Miranda quipped: "When she takes forever to clean now we know why."

Jon Paul posted: "And this is what happened when you do not use it for its intended purpose."

TikToker Adam wrote: "Which you broke off to use exactly how they were thinking lol."

Bubble Bass said: "Dang no wonder they called it the Swiffer Wet Jet."

Beau Wilson appeared to offer an insight into his own marriage, writing: "That's why my wife owns 3 Swiffers."

Tony was more disapproving, posting: "Some people's minds are always in the gutter."

And Duo Lipo960 simply thanked Claire, saying: "I laughed out loud. Thanks I needed this today."

When asked exactly how the handle broke off, Claire replied: "Drunk cleaning. I was cleaning way too hard."

A sex therapist recently told Newsweek about the top issues she faces at work—and how sex toys can help.

Gwen Butler said desire discrepancy, the "COVID cave" and sexual anxiety were the biggest barriers in the bedroom.

The first issue is the most common, Butler said, describing it as "where one person in the relationship wants more sex, different sex, or simply wants to explore more sexually, and the other partner is resistant." The final issue relates to general anxiety around intimacy.

The "COVID cave" has become a more prominent problem in recent months because so many people are working from home during the pandemic.

Butler said: "I find that people work longer hours because of the ease of working from home, however this becomes problematic when it interferes with quality time with your partner; whether that normally happens over dinner or just laying in bed together."

One answer, she added, was to become more creative to keep the relationship exciting. "A lot of my clients, and even some friends, have been reaching out and asking me what the best sex toy is; they want something new to incorporate into their sex life."

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Stock image of a professional cleaner washing a floor with a green mop. A video of a woman's broken mop handle is going viral after her friends pointed out that it looked like a sex toy. Ivan-balvan/Getty iStock