Natural From Floor to Ceiling, Part 2 | Counters, Sinks & Floors

May 16, 2011

Hopefully my last post about the deadly chemicals found in average household cleaners got you interested in using natural, safe cleaners in your home.  I tend to think of my housecleaning routine in two separate categories: cleaning counters & floors (something I do much more frequently than this next category), and deeper cleaning (windows, mirrors, dusting, polishing, toilet, & tub).  Today, I’ll be telling you how I clean my counters and floors!

In some of the following categories, there will be more than one way to clean whatever it is we’re talking about.  The first solution in any category will be the thing that I use.  Anything after the first bullet point will be ideas that I’ve heard from other people that worked, but I don’t use myself.

All-purpose General Cleaner

  • Vinegar Spray: 4 tbsp. white vinegar to 3 cups water in a spray bottle.  This works fabulously as a disinfectant.  Some people don’t like the smell of vinegar, but I have a super sensitive nose, and it doesn’t bother me at all.  I have yet to find something on my counters or floors that vinegar couldn’t get up.  I use it for pretty much everything.  I love it.
  • Thieves Spray: 2 cap fulls of thieves essential oil in a water bottle full of water.  My sister-in-law, Claire, uses this mixture as her all-purpose cleaner and it works great as an anti-bacterial spray.  Also is smells great–I use this as an air-freshener!

  • Enviro Cloth: I just learned about these great antibacterial cloths and I’m excited to try them soon.  Once I do, I’ll write a review.  It seems like your best bet would be to get this basic package.  You get a regular Enviro antibac cloth to use on counters, sinks, floors, tubs, etc. and then a window cloth to use on windows and mirrors.  The greatest part about these is it seems like all you have to use to clean your whole house are these two cloths and water!  Again, I haven’t tried them yet, but once I do, I’ll let you know how they work! Has anyone out there tried these cloths?

Tile, Linoleum, & Hardwood Floors

  • Swiffer Wet Jet Mop & Vinegar Spray: I do NOT use the spray that comes with the wet jet anymore.  I used to, and still had the mop lying around, and so I decided I would re-use it.   So now I don’t have to get down on my hands and knees to clean my floors.  I spray my vinegar spray (4 tbsp. vinegar to 3 cups water) on the floor in front of me.  Then using the Swiffer Wet Jet mop with one of their pads on the bottom, I mop up the vinegar.  Eventually, when I run out of the Swiffer pads, I’ll probably rig up a way to put a cloth on the mop or maybe even use an Enviro cloth on it.  Again: I do NOT use the Swiffer brand chemical-ridden spray!  Now, for those of you who don’t have a Swiffer Wet Jet, feel free to get on your hands and knees with a cloth (an old t-shirt works great!) or paper towels!  ;)  Or simply use a different kind of mop.  The point here is that I use vinegar on my floors.  I love using vinegar.  It doesn’t make the floor sticky and it dries really fast.
  • Enviro Cloth: Again, this cloth seems to be a great way to clean floors with just water!

Carpet

  • Vacuum cleaner: I’m not sure what else to say about this.  I haven’t found the best, most fantastic vacuum cleaner to rave about.  Have you?

Spot-cleaning Carpet

  • Hydrogen peroxide: This is such a great discovery!  I LOVE Hydrogen peroxide!  I used to use this super-chemical-leave-the-house-for-an-hour-after-applying-it carpet cleaner.  It worked, though, so I kept using it–I really hate spots on my carpet.  But now I use this simple cleaner and it really works!  You can buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the first aid section of your drug or grocery store.  Replace the cap with a spray bottle head so you can use it as a spray.  Keep the liquid in the dark bottle, though, so it keeps its effectiveness.

  • Baking soda: For those really tough (or smelly) spots on the carpet, I sprinkle baking soda on stains after spraying with hydrogen peroxide, scrub it into the carpet, and then vacuum after about 10 minutes.  I store baking soda specifically for cleaning in a large aluminum salt or pepper shaker.
  • Enviro Cloth:  Seriously.  I’ve read that people have had success getting spots out of carpets by simply scrubbing them away with an Enviro Cloth.  I gotta get one of these things! :)

So that’s what I do to keep my counters, sinks, and floors clean.  I don’t have a schedule I follow.  I clean the counters and sinks every day or so (when they need it), I vacuum and mop every Monday . . . ish, and I spot-clean my carpet whenever there’s a spot to be cleaned.

Did I miss something?  Let me know and I’ll find a natural way to clean whatever it is I missed.  Do you have a great natural way to clean your counters, sinks, and/or floors?  Share it with us!

Next time: I’ll be going over what I use when I really want things sparkling: How I clean my windows, mirrors, toilet, and bath tub.  I’ll also tell you what I use to dust and polish my furniture and appliances. 

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4 Responses to “Natural From Floor to Ceiling, Part 2 | Counters, Sinks & Floors”

  1. melissa hyatt said

    My mom cut down an old hand towel and sewed on some velcro to stick on the bottom of her old swiffer wet jet- so when its used she just tosses in the wash! Super easy :) I can’t wait to try cleaning with the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar!

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