Your floors are shiny, beautiful and when you walk across them in your bare feet, they also feel good. However, when using some store bought products you notice a slight residue left behind. Have you ever wondered what the ingredients in these cleaners are? Should you decide to make your own cleaning product entirely free of chemicals, you will find that there is no residue left behind on your floors.
Do you know that in both Canada and the US there are no federally mandated regulations in place requiring the disclosure of ingredients within any cleaning product? That’s right! Because of this, there is no easy way to tell whether a product contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs); while you may react to a certain product by developing a sensitivity over time, it is the long term use of some chemicals that is of greatest concern. When you take the time to make your own cleaner, you know exactly what’s in it. When you hire a cleaning service, these are preferences you can specify.
The cost of buying a variety of floor cleaners meant for specific types of floors also add up quickly. When you make your own, it will be an effective floor cleaner safe to use on every type of flooring from wood to cement to laminate. Why choose to fill your precious cupboard space with over-priced toxic cleaners?
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
10 drops essential oils
*Adjust recipe according to needs
Why these ingredients are good for cleaning
Hot Water - is needed to effectively kill bacteria
White Vinegar – is a great natural cleaning agent that requires no rinsing, is biodegradable and a good degreaser.
Rubbing Alcohol – typically comes as 60% to 90% isopropyl alcohol and distilled water; sometimes it comes as ethanol and distilled water solution. Both have proven to be effective disinfectants. In the lab, they have successfully killed very serious strains of infectious bacteria in as little as 10 seconds. It will also help dry your floors more quickly.
Essential Oils – not only will they make your home smell fresh and clean but they are powerful cleaning agents as well. Here are 10 of the best essential oils for green cleaning.
Lemon- antiviral and antibacterial as well as a great degreaser; light, clean scent
Tea Tree (Melaleuca)- fights germs, bacteria, and viruses
Rosemary- antibacterial and antiseptic; lovely paired with peppermint to help keep you focused and on task
Wild Orange – degreaser and a very invigorating, happy scent; pairs well with Tea tree or peppermint
Lavender – one of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils
Eucalyptus – natural germicide; its clean smell will also deter pests
Peppermint – antibacterial; cool, invigorating scent; also deters ants and spiders
Cinnamon – naturally antibacterial and antiseptic; powerful against mold and effective against pests
Pine – common in many cleaners; effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli, and other household germs; useful in fighting mold; leaves a natural fresh scent
Thyme – one of the most powerful essential oil weapons against germs; including salmonella