The floor covers the entirety of the house therefore, it is important that it is cleaned all the time. Because of this, numerous companies are into the production of floor cleaners. Floor may be made of wood, tiles, ceramic, or vinyl. There are different kinds of floor cleaners for the different types of floors. But in making your home eco friendly, your floor cleaner should also be eco friendly.
Floors made of soft, hard and wooden materials can also use eco friendly for cleaning. And you can clean all types of floors using natural floor cleaner. For daily cleaning, the natural cleaning products you can use for your floors will be a broom and a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners can clean all types of floors.
For me, the most natural floor cleaner is water and a piece of rag. Just wet the rag and clean your floors. However, there are some dirt that can not be removed by just plain water and rag. There are many suggestions and formulas or recipes for making eco friendly or natural floor cleaner. When I did my research online I gathered these different suggestions which I found to be effective and efficient.
One company who makes floors suggested of using vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle for cleaning floor. It worked well with marble, ceramic and wood parquet. When I tried it on linoleum and tile floors, it worked too.
Using baby shampoo for cleaning floors was recommended by a professional cleaner of a beauty shop chain. He recommended mixing 1 to 2 teaspoons of shampoo per gallon of water. According to the user, it cleans well although I haven’t tried it yet.
Another recipe for a homemade all purpose floor cleaner is mixing ¼ cup dish soap, 2 cups vinegar, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 or 2 cups water. Just mix all these ingredients and use it to clean your floors, bathrooms and walls. An improve version of vinegar solution is to mix 1/8 cup vegetable-oil based liquid soap, ½ cup vinegar and 2 gallons warm water. Put soap and vinegar in a bucket then fill with warm water, mix and you are ready to go.
I tried some of the suggestions and recipes from my research for a couple of time. I noticed that vinegar is really very effective in removing stain on tiles and good in eradicating bad odor. Animal wastes on the floor are not just cleaned but also been disinfected. The natural acidity of vinegar makes it very effective in cleaning and disinfecting. Another effective way of cleaning carpet is with the used of baking soda.
Baking soda is sprinkled on the carpet and after few minutes vacuum away. Sprinkle salt on the carpet and let it stand for another 30 minutes then vacuum away.
One thing I noticed though, prices for this natural floor cleaner are going up. I guess it is the law of demand and supply. Since more people are buying them, prices are going up. When more people will produce them, then prices will go down.