Tips for Tuesday 10/02/12

[SlideDeck2 id=1042]      Tips for Tuesday 10/02/12 We have wood floors in our home.  I never had wood floors growing up, and even if I did, I was never really taught the art of housekeeping.  So, being a homemaker/housewife/housekeeper is a learn-as-you go skill for me, and believe me, it is ever-evolving. I have tried many popular brands of floor cleaners, and I have even had them professionally cleaned, and was never pleased with the results.  It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago, when realizing I was out of any kind of floor cleaner and not wanting the dull look that the steamer kept giving me, I thought, “I wonder if I can just use vinegar?”  It was as if I could literally see that little light bulb floating over my head!  Why had I not thought of that before? I have long been a proponent of natural cleaners.  One of the great things about cleaning your home with natural/non-toxic products is that most of them can be found in your pantry and with minimal expense if they aren’t (now, I’m not talking about name-brand “natural” or “environmentally-friendly” cleaners).  These are items that can be used in a variety of ways to clean a variety of things in your home.  And one of my favorite pantry staples to use for cleaning is, you guessed it, vinegar! I am going to share one of my favorite websites on the wonderful uses of vinegar!  You can find 1001 uses for this amazingly cheap product here.  I linked to the main vinegar cleaning page, but you’ll find yourself getting lost in that website!  Another helpful site is The Vinegar Institute! In short, just in case you were wondering, what I used to clean my floors and how they turned out: 1 cup white distilled vinegar 1 gallon warm water 1 mop bucket 1 microfiber mop Be sure and sweep and vacuum thoroughly beforehand to remove excess dirt and debris, and then mop as usual.  You may need to go over the floor once with a dry mop, especially depending on the type of mop you used. Let me tell you, my floors have never looked cleaner or shinier!  It truly is a wonderful cleaner, and it disinfects, too!


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