I’ll admit that I’ve always liked the smell of bleach. Because if something has been bleached, that means it’s clean. I try really hard not to think of why bleach was needed, but that end result, while it makes others’ eyes sting, was a smell I actually liked.
And sometimes, you really NEED bleach.
But apparently those fumes that I associate with clean can actually be harmful for your health. So, while I’m still keeping some bleach on hand, I do want to try more natural cleaners and limit the chemicals I’m using in our home. So, I asked the ladies in my yoga class for a natural floor cleaner and this was a favorite floor cleaner recipe.
I have to admit that I’m still hesitant to use the vinegar on my wood floors because there seems to be a little bit of difference of opinion as to whether you should use it as a wood floor cleaner or not, though this is diluted enough that some claim it would be okay… and I may get brave and attempt this at some point, but for now I am using this natural floor cleaner on my bathroom floors and the kitchen floor (and spraying the tubs and some counters as I go). You could mix this up in a bucket or put it in the attachment tank on your mop if it has one, but for now I put it in a spray bottle and just spray and wipe with a sponge as I go since I’m using it on the floors of smaller rooms.
Natural Floor Cleaner
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 5 drops peppermint oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops orange oil
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