Today before bedtime, I was tackling the floors. Oh those floors. We have plywood flooring....I wish we had hardwood flooring but gaw we do not...someday Danielle...someday......we also live in the desert, so our floors get dusty really fast....like REALLY fast...oh and throw in our cute little Watson and all his hair....I am sure you are seeing the picture I am painting. Our floors need a little TLC and today I am going to share what I do to keep them clean and not spend a fortune. I am also showing you how we do it completely chemical free. This will work whether you have plywood floors, tiled floor, hardwood floors, or anything in between. You only need a few things and then you will be ready to go.
A mop, a bucket, vinegar, hot water, and some essential oils. The oils are completely optional. I just really like to use them because they cover the vinegar smell and they smell wonderful. My favorite right now is Lemongrass. It smells like lemon-heads. Remember that delicious candy from when you were a kid? It was a favorite. I love my floors smelling like that sweet memory. Make this mama smile :)
I start by prepping my floors. Give them a good sweep or vacuum. I do a mix of both. I make sure that I use the wand attachment if I am vacuuming, so I can get into those tight corners. Nothing sucks worst then when you go to mop and notice a little section of crumbs you forgot to clean up.
Once those floors are ready for mopping, I fill a 5 gallon bucket with about 4 cups of vinegar. I then fill the bucket up to about the half way point with hot water. I just use hot water from the tab. Once that bucket is full, you get to do the fun part....adding the essential oils. I usually do about 20 drops of oil. I really like to smell that goodness, but do what works for you.
Once your bucket is ready to go you can mop. I don't have a fancy mop...it is just a simple plastic mop from Target. I believe it was $7.99. I buy a new mop sponge for it about every month. Those sponges are about $2.99. Super inexpensive. I buy my vinegar at Costco so I can buy a gallon of vinegar for only a few dollars. My essential oils are the NOW brand and I buy them on Amazon for less than $10 a bottle.
By keeping it simple, I am able to save my family money and not have to bring a lot of nasty chemicals into the home. My house also smells wonderful when I am done mopping. I usually do my whole house once a week....but realistically it only happens every other week. I really shoot for once a week though. My kitchen I do more often. It is probably the one part of my house I am super vigilant in keeping tidy. No one wants to cook in a yuck kitchen. Am I right?
So there you have it. A few simple tricks for keeping those floors clean and not breaking the bank.
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