A sparkling clean floor! That’s what you want your family to have at all times. It’s the first thing visitors will notice when they enter your home. If you run a business, clean floors present a great image and ensure your customers that you value hygiene and cleanliness in your staff, premises, products, and services. But cleaning is a chore that very few people enjoy. It means hours of tedious sweeping and mopping. The process involves using harsh commercial cleaners that contain hazardous chemicals. The answer is to make cleaning products out of ingredients in your kitchen and pantry. Here is our handy How to Guide to Making Natural Floor Cleaner. Follow the easy steps and instructions and do your bit to save the planet.
Do You Need To Clean Your Floors Regularly?
Clean floors are a critical aspect of health and safety protection. If you have a carpet or rug covering, you have to keep them dust and stain-free, dry and fresh. Homes have high and low-traffic areas, and both need to be clean. We bring dirt, mud, grime, and other pollutants from our outdoor footwear into high-traffic areas such as the hallway, lobby, or living rooms.
We bring mud, water, toxic chemicals, bacteria, and fungi via footwear. In more secluded rooms such as the bedroom, kitchen, or baths, allergens, dust, grease, spills, and debris create a health and safety hazard. Contaminants that we bring in spread through the house. They may find breeding grounds or resting places in furniture, carpets, and upholstery.
If you have pets in the house, fur and dander from their coats and parasites and pests can spread via the floor into the rest of your home. Clean floors prevent slip and fall accidents. If you have a young toddler or crawling infant, dirty floors are a definite No-No. Babies tend to put everything they find in their mouths. They carry dirt from the floor to their faces, eyes, and mouths as they crawl or play on the floor.
Cleaning your floor regularly enhances its life and looks. It makes your home look and feel fresh and inviting. Keeping floors clean helps to keep your carpets and rugs clean too. Clean environments enhance a feeling of well-being and peace.
Home and office flooring is designed to withstand different pressures, movement of furniture, people and pets, foot traffic of various types, pouring water, harsh cleaners, and more. There will be a build-up of grime, grease, soil, dust, chemicals, solvents, and more.
Chemical Components in Commercial Cleaners
Cleaning products work either by removing contaminants from the surface. Bacteria and fungi can be eliminated by removing their food sources in the form of food, dead wood, and other pollutants. Some cleaners alter the chemical state of the contaminant and destroy them. Commercial cleaners usually contain some or all of these:
- Complexing agents
- Alkalines and acids
- Anti-corrosion agents
- Polishers and film-forming agents
- Coloring agents
Most of these products cause different types of reactions in people. These include allergies, skin irritation, eye problems, mucous membrane irritation, neuro-toxicity, sensitivity, contact dermatitis, and respiratory disorders.
The best strategy to avoid these problems is to make your all-natural floor cleaners. These will not harm your floors or leave a toxic coating on the floor.
How to Guide to Making Natural Floor Cleaner
There are different cleaners for different types of flooring. Assemble the ingredients, preparation, and storage containers before you start, and always wear gloves and a mask while working.
- Hard Wood: In a bucket, mix 1 part linseed oil, 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and a few drops of essential oil for scent if required. Mix thoroughly and add to a bucket of warm water for mopping. You can also spray it on the floor and use a damp mop to spread it around. Wash out the mop in clean water before dipping between rounds. Make enough of this solution if you’re cleaning the whole house.
- LVT:Mix ½ bucket of warm water, 1 tablespoon liquid dish-wash soap, ½ cup baking soda, few drops of essential oil for scent if needed. This is great for luxury vinyl tiles in kitchens and bathrooms. You can wet mop or spray and then damp mop.
- Natural Laminate:Mix 2 cups of water, 1 part rubbing alcohol, and 1 tsp dish-wash soap in a bucket. Fill a spray bottle with the solution, and spray on the floor. Wipe with a Swiffer mop. The alcohol helps with fast drying. It also gives a shine to the floor.
- Floor Tiles:To make the cleaner, mix 2 parts of white vinegar with 1 part water and any essential oil for fragrance. Spray this and wipe immediately with a damp mop. Don’t leave this solution for too long on the floor. You can make a natural grout cleaner with ½ cup each of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, with a few drops of dish-wash soap. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste on the grout. Rinse off thoroughly and ensure that no paste is left behind.
- Cork Flooring:Mix a few drops of dish-wash liquid soap with a bucket of warm water and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance if you like. Dip a mop into the solution and wring out thoroughly before wiping. Cork flooring can be damaged by excessive wetness.
- All-Purpose Cleaners for Most Types of Flooring:If you have a variety of flooring materials across the house, you can use a general cleaner. Mix 1 part each of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar with 2 parts water and a few drops of fragrant essential oil if you like. Mix thoroughly and add a teaspoonful of dishwashing liquid. Spray on each floor separately and wipe immediately with a damp mop.
Benefits of Natural Floor Cleaners
Using all-natural ingredients prevents allergies and toxic reactions. Home-made products are effective yet affordable and easy to make. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and attacks grease and grime. If you don’t have vinegar, you can use fresh lemon juice that has been strained. Dish-wash liquids are harmless and don’t cause skin irritations or respiratory distress. Rubbing alcohol prevents streaks and patches, leaving the floor shiny and clean. ¼ cup of borax mixed with 1-gallon hot water is a great disinfectant and cleaner for bathroom floor tiles. If you’re not allergic to ammonia and are confident in using it carefully, you can add it to the cleaning solution for floor tiles. Never use bleach on any type of floor.
Keeping floors clean is not just a matter of neatness or tidiness. This helps to keep your family healthy and disease and allergen-free. Using natural, homemade cleaning products prevents toxic reactions and the build-up of hazardous chemicals in commercial cleaners.