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
water
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?
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11 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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