This Homemade Natural Floor Cleaner is my go to mopping solution I make up right on the spot with each mopping job I do in our home. It is safe, effective and leaves my floors looking great.
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The majority of our home has the original 1951 wood floors that the house was built with. I have placed a tile in just the kitchen and bathrooms. So except for the add-on that is my office, being the only space with carpet. Our home needs to be entirely mopped on cleaning day.
Which to be quite honest makes me tired just thinking about it. It is ALOT of mopping. I am sure you can imagine the amount of mopping solution that is necessary for this each week. However, keeping a few key ingredients on hand allows me to have as much as I can need.
With having so much wood in our house of course, one of the biggest questions I get about natural home cleaning is about how I clean my floors. The easy answer is that I simply throw some natural cleaners into a bucket and mop. But the real question is does it actually clean? And followed by this is certainly what the heck I am actually using.
To answer those questions I put together this blog post to help arm others with a great way to clean without bringing in harmful toxins into their homes. I believe in the use of natural products and their capacity to enhance our lives. Whether through cleaning, eating, or healing, there is something remarkable about products that have stood the test of time.
What You Will Need To Make It
1/2 cup distilled vinegar
15-20 drops of lemon essential oil
5 drops of tea tree oil
1 tbsp castille soap
6 quarts of hot water
There is no secret method to this cleaner. You simply begin filling up your mop bucket with as hot of water as you can stand. Pour in your vinegar, drops of essential oils and let it all mesh together as the bucket finishes filling. You can take the top and swoosh it around if you like to ensure it’s mixed properly. Then dip mop, ring out, and mop as usual.
Where To Use
This cleaner can be used on tile, linoleum, and in my case, I use this on my properly sealed wood floors. If you are using this on wood, be sure to test in an inconspicuous area before diving right in. If your wood floors aren’t properly sealed using too much water can stain or warp them. Use precaution to ensure this does not happen to your flooring.
How Often To Use
You can use this cleaner any time you need to mop. A floor should be cleaned regularly. In our house this is done usually once a week. But with any cleaning schedule use your discretion. Only you know how often something is used and the traffic areas vary from home to home.
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- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- 6 quarts hot water
- 1 tbsp castille soap
- You simply begin filling up your mop bucket with as hot of water as you can stand.
- Pour in your vinegar, drops of essential oils and let it all mesh together as the bucket finishes filling.
- You can take the top and swoosh it around if you like to ensure its mixed properly.
- Then dip mop, ring out, and mop as usual.
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