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Clean Every Type of Floor in Your Home Without Using Toxic Products
The floors of our homes are the largest surface area that we will need to clean on a regular basis. Unfortunately, too many of us use toxic cleaning products that we inhale until they eventually wear away or evaporate. Why use toxic, not to mention expensive, floor cleaners when there are dozens of natural ways to clean floors?
No matter what type of flooring material you have, we have natural cleaning solution for you.
Linoleum, Stone, or Tile Floors –
Tile and linoleum floors can be easily cleaned with nothing more than vinegar and water. If you do an online search you will find that the ratios of water and vinegar can vary greatly, but the recipes below are well proven favorites. You can always adjust the amount of vinegar or soap is you find you need something stronger or if you get streaks on your floor.
For really dirty floors, always sweep or vacuum first, then try:
¼ Cup of plain, white vinegar
¼ Cup of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of liquid dish soap
2 Gallons of hot water
You can add a couple drops of essential oil for a pretty smell, any type will do. This recipe should not need rinsing unless you see streaks. If you get streaks regularly from this recipe, cut back a bit on the baking soda and soap.
Marble, Travertine, or Limestone –
Never, ever use vinegar or lemon juice on these types of floors as the acids they contain can wash off their protective coating. These types of floors can be easily cleaned with a steam mop, but if you don’t use one or don’t own one, try adding just a squirt of dish soap or castile soap into a 2 gallon bucket of hot water. If you get streaks, rinse with clear water and use less soap next time.
Brick or Stone Floors –
These can be tricky to clean as the surfaces are generally uneven. Try this recipe:
1 Cup of plain, white vinegar
1 Gallon of hot water
15 Drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil
This will disinfect the floor while the essential oil will add a bit of a shine.
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