Take a moment to look down at your floor and think about the last time you gave it a good cleaning. Whether you have hardwood floors, linoleum tiles, carpet, or area rugs, chances are that the surfaces you walk on every day could use a little attention. Rather than turning to chemical products to get your floors looking good, consider natural cleaning strategies for the floors throughout your house.
Natural Wood Floor Cleaning
Hardwood floors are sought-after features for many homeowners, so you’ll want to protect this precious wood as you scrub it clean. It’s best to keep homemade solutions for wood cleaning as simple and natural as possible so that you don’t damage the surface.
Try mixing a gallon of warm water with ¼ cup white vinegar and about 10 drops of lemon juice. With those ingredients mixed together in a bucket, cover the entire floor with your mop and then wipe it dry so that the wood doesn’t become damaged.
Natural Laminate Floor Cleaning
Laminate is a great material for floors because it’s easy to clean and maintain. However, you want to skip harsh soaps on laminate so that it doesn’t create bubbles in the material. Also, avoid steel wool and other abrasive scrubbers to protect your laminate.
Instead, keep things simple with an easy mixture of two cups warm water, two cups white vinegar and 10 drops of lemon juice. A soft mop should be all you need to scrub away dirt and grime.
Natural Tile Floor Cleaning
Many people have tile floors in their kitchens and bathrooms, and these tend to be some of the dirtiest areas of the house. You’ll generally need a stronger floor cleaner in these areas than the ones you use on wood floors in your living room and bedrooms, for example.
To make your own tile cleaner, mix a gallon of hot water with a cup of ammonia, ¾ cup white vinegar, and a cup of baking soda. You can mix the ingredients in a bucket to use with a mop or in a spray bottle to spray on one section at a time for especially dirty areas of tile.
Natural Cleaning for Carpet and Rugs
If the rooms of your house have carpet or you have large rugs on your floors, can still take a similar approach with your floor cleaning strategy. A mixture of equal parts water and vinegar can be put in a spray bottle and sprayed on top of baking soda that you have sprinkled on a stained area of carpet or rug. You can also clean carpeted areas with a mix of one teaspoon dishwashing detergent and a cup of warm water, using a spray bottle and misting the mixture onto stains.
Whichever combination of ingredients you choose, all of these suggestions are more natural and toxin-free than the average floor cleaning product you’ll find on retail store shelves. Give a few different recipes a try on your next cleaning day to see what works best on your unique floors, especially if you have kids or pets at home that spend a lot of time on the floor.