Going green is the best thing we can do for our planet, finding greener alternatives to harmful cleaners which are full of chemicals is a step that most of us can begin at home. We all use floor cleaners to clean our floors. Eco-friendly options can be easily substituted in place of your regular petroleum based cleaners and you’ll be surprised with the results. These environmental friendly cleaners are equally effective and leave a pleasant fragrance which lasts much longer than the smell of chemical cleaning agents.
There are many costs effective, natural and easy to use alternatives which can be combined to make excellent floor cleaners depending on the type of floor you have.
Clean with Baking Soda
The minerals present in this light alkaline powder are immensely effective in neutralizing acids and dissolving proteins which increase the cleaning power of regular detergents. They help to balance the pH of the water and are excellent cleaning agents.
Soap in any form works very well to break down grease and dirt that gets deposited on various surfaces. Selecting a soap option with natural oils in combination with an alkali is the most effective one.
Vinegar is an all -time favorite and excellent all -purpose cleaning agent which cuts through grease more smoothly than you could ever imagine. It not only disinfects its deodorizes effectively too.
An effective water softener, borax is also very effective in cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and removing stains. The only thing one needs to take off is keeping this substance out of the reach of children as it is toxic when ingested.
The most popular oil used for cleaning is organic olive oil. This is a mild yellow oil which is truly a wonderful polisher when used in the form of a spray. When added with lemon or essential oils it leaves behind a pleasant fragrance
Essential scented oils
Essential oils like lavender, primrose, lemon grass, peppermint and much more have absolutely natural cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting properties. When used in combination with other eco-friendly and green cleaners, these oils transform your entire home into a fragrant haven.
A right combination of these green products can effectively clean and polish floors. Before cleaning floors with any water based or liquid solution you should first clean the floor to remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner. Then proceed to use these floor cleaners for optimum results.
Clean Wooden Floors
Mix vegetable oil and white vinegar in a ratio of 1:1 and apply a thin coat of this solution onto your floor and rub it well to get a smooth and shiny polished floor.
Vinyl and linoleum floors Cleaning
Take half a bucket of warm water and mix in a cup of vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and a few drops of any essential oil with a lingering fragrance. Mop the entire floor with this solution and leave to dry.
If there are some tough stains add ¼ the cup of borax for more effective cleaning.
Clean Tile and brick floors
Mix 1 cup of vinegar is half a bucket of water to which a little liquid detergent has been added. Essential oils may be added for deodorizing and pleasant fragrance. Wipe the floors clean with this solution and leave to dry.
These eco-friendly floor cleaning tips are really effective and are inexpensive too.