Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to make floor wash

Perhaps I should mop. What do you think? Doesn’t it look like a crime scene?

You know me. I’m not pulling out the Pine-Sol. A few simple ingredients, most of which you have in your house already, will get your floors clean as a whizzle (as my five-year-old son says).

Here’s what you need:
Liquid soap (here I’m using natural dish liquid, because it’s what I have handy; Dr. Bronner’s is my favorite, though, and another time I’ll show you how to make your own)
Peppermint tea
Measuring cups

And here’s why:
VINEGAR. I find that vinegar cuts grease and dirt well, and it’s an effective germ-killer. It’s a nontoxic way to add a little oomph – Mr. Clean with long hair, if you will.
LIQUID SOAP. The EPA recommends liquid soap as a germ-killer.
PEPPERMINT TEA. Also has disinfectant properties, and its strong but pleasant smell helps to cut the vinegar’s intensity.

First, sweep up schmutz, tragic Legos, and whatever else bedevils your floor.

Next, put ½ cup of water on the kettle to boil, and make a cup of very strong tea. As usual, resist the urge to slurp it up greedily.

While it’s steeping, pour a cup of vinegar and a scant 1/8 cup of liquid soap into the bucket. If you find at the end that it’s a little soapy for your liking, you can always add more water to the mix.

After about five minutes, add the tea and then a gallon of water to the bucket, and mix. Mop, rinse, and dry as usual. Good for one use.

Look, Ma, no Legos!


Robin said...

If you blow the photo up, yeah, you'll see some little dings in the tile. This is more an indictment of the shape of the tile than the floor wash, I promise!

Misty said...

Do you find that it makes the floor soapy at all? I'm kind of lazy - I just use water and vinegar!!!

Robin said...

Misty, I have tweaked this recipe a little to add more vinegar and less soap. I still use soap, but I just throw in a squirt rather than an eighth of a cup.

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