DIY – Homemade Hard Floor Cleaner – Streak Free!

We have hard (vinyl/laminate) floors throughout most of our home. We also have four dogs… and a cat. Needless to say, there is A LOT of pet hair, dirt, dust, mud, etc. These floors get dirty and quick.
I have a Swiffer SweeperVac I run over the floor daily to pick up the loose dirt and hair. For messes or weekly mopping I use a Bona Hard Floor Cleaning Mop. It has a reusable microfiber pad that velcros on. Bona has a Hard Floor Cleaning spray but I find it rather expensive.
Then I stumbled on this homemade floor cleaner recipe. It is amazing! It is inexpensive to make, is made from common household products (you probably already have the ingredients), and it works great! Best of all, it is streak free. The alcohol evaporates really quickly and the vinegar’s smell disappears after just a short time.
Another benefit is that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals that could harm the babies or pets.

Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 cup Alcohol (rubbing)
  • 2-3 drops Dish Soap
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oil (optional – I use 10 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.  To use, spray on floor and wipe with a microfiber cloth/mop.

 

 

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TIP! – How to clean a White Porcelain Sink

I had seen this trick somewhere on the internet, maybe Pinterest, awhile back (I wish I knew where so I could give credit).  It works AMAZINGLY well.

My kitchen sink is the standard white porcelain kind and is many years old.  It seems that the original finish has come off and it has pock marks and divots all over that collect grime.  The thing stains really easily and always looks dirty. If your sink is like mine, here is what you can do:

First, clean the sink the best you can. Then spray it with some sort of household cleaner that has bleach in it.  While the sink is still wet, line it with 1 or 2 layers of paper towels, then spray again.  Make sure that the paper towels lay flat along the sink and that you get them thoroughly wet.  Let sit at least an hour (preferably overnight).  Remove the paper towels and voila!  Now, it isn’t perfect but it is a whole heck of a lot better.

Before:

After: