Our last house had lots of tile. We lived there six months before we moved to south Texas. Our new home has no carpet, only wood floors and this shiny white tile. While the tile is beautiful, the shine is a beast. When I first saw that tile I was worried about it. I also worried about the ten oak trees on our 1/2 acre lot. Ten trees make LOTS of acorns, leaves and blossoms. There is a constant battle to clean up after them . . . but that is for another post.
I have yet to find a good floor cleaner to keep the shine. Everything I have used has left a cloudy film and then when we walk on it we can see prints. That’s not clean! That’s cloudy!
I have tried many products both over the counter and homemade. I have even tried greatly diluting the products. To no avail. It really makes me NOT want to mop my floors because in all seriousness with just a sweep my floors look better not mopped rather than cloudy.
I think I have finally found something that works. Now, the secret is not to get the floor too saturated, nor the mop head. I have found that once the mop head is wet I don’t need to spray too much or at all. It is at that point that I only spray if there is a stubborn spot that needs to be soaked
I added to this mix some of my favorite essential oils. Lemongrass ~ which smells divine. Health benefits may include analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative and tonic. You can actually clean and not feel depressed about it! And with its sedative qualities you could even take a nap afterwards and have an excuse. 😉 Peppermint ~ which is uplifting. Health benefits may include antifungal, antiseptic, helps nausea and headaches (no excuses not to clean), stress relief, giving relief for anxiety, stress, depression and mental exhaustion. And lastly Tea Tree oil ~ you could never clean without using Tea Tree. Health benefits may include anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti septic, anti viral, balsamic, fungicide, insecticide, and stimulant.
My New Favorite Floor Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
1 cup water
2-3 drops of dawn dish soap
10-15 drops essential oils of your choice ***Tea Tree has a strong scent, a little goes a long way, so I don’t put as much in as the peppermint and lemongrass oils
Mix together and store in a spray bottle. Spray on floor and mop clean.