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Monday, November 3, 2014

hardwood floor cleaner

the whole main level of my house has hard wood flooring. most of the time it's nice, and i really like it EXCEPT when it comes to cleaning. i don't really know the best way to clean them, and i really don't know what the rules are. can you use regular pine sol? does soapy water work? are you supposed to use a mop?-so many unanswered questions.
a few weeks ago, i went on a cleaning rampage. i scrubbed and cleaned for hours, but i really didn't know what to do about the floor. i often use lysol wipes, but i wanted an actual cleaner. i tried twitter first, and when i didn't get much response, i went to google. everyone seemed to say vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water. i took a little of what everyone said and made up my own.

vinegar (all i had was pickle vinegar so i used it)
rubbing alcohol
lemon essential oil
spray bottle

mix equal parts vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol
add 10-20 drops of oil (mostly for the smell)
combine in a spray bottle

spray on floor and scrub with cloth. the lemon oil helped a little, but my house still smelled like vinegar. at least it was clean.
how do you clean the floor? any great tips?


  1. Interesting. Our floors are laminate wood, which is nice because we can clean them with anything!

  2. Our floors are laminate wood as well but the cleaning solution I'm "supposed" to use leaves a major film. I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have real hardwood floors and I use the Swiffer Wetjet with the hardwood floors solution. SO easy! I dust and then swiff it!

  4. Well I love the smell of vinegar so. . . But I have crappy kitchen floors so I just use all purpose cleaner and scrub on my hands and knees (have yet to find a mop I like. . . )

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