February 28, 2019
Thursday is Floor Washing Day – Healthy Home Cleaning Routine Week
Welcome to Healthy Home Cleaning Routine Week! Happy Thursday – that means that it’s Floor Washing Day! I’ll be on Instagram quite a bit this week in Stories and going live – make sure you’re following over there.
Here’s today’s checklist – this is also on the March calendar and cleaning routine printables you can find on my free printables page and part of my Homekeeping Society subscription:
Concentrate on what you can do today – even if you have 10-15 minutes, do something!
While you’re thinking about the cleaning routine this week, I’m going to suggest some little changes you can make to easily add in to your routine that will help your create a healthy home! If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home, grab it now and get all the pre-order goodies that go with it. Go here to check it out.
Healthy Home Week – Floor Washing:
This week, I’m going to challenge you to think a little differently about how you wash your floors. If you’ve ever not worn socks on your hard surface floors (of course you have), or allowed a child to play or crawl on your hard surface floors (how can you not?), you can definitely appreciate a clean floor. But a clean floor and a safe and clean floor are very different. Did you know that residue can come into your bloodstream through your bare feet on the floor. If you have kids that put their hands on the floor and in their mouths (hello, toddlers), this is really upsetting. I’m not saying this to scare you but to give you some information so you can make your own choices. When it comes to floor washing day, there are plenty of easy options for cleaning your floors without chemicals, so why even bother cleaning with them? I love a steam mop for tile and linoleum floors, I don’t use steam on my hardwood floors (or recommend it) but I know that there are mops that are ‘suitable’ for sealed hardwood floors.
Tip for steam mops: Dampen the mopping pad before starting and add a drop or two of lemon essential oil to give your home an uplifting scent as you mop.
Try this DIY Recipe for ANY floor – this recipe is for a 16 oz spray bottle and is super easy to mix up – you can find the full recipe here or just grab it below. Use it in a spray bottle or in a refillable mop.
Quick DIY Floor Cleaner
- 2 cups warm water
- 16 oz. spray bottle (here’s my favorite glass spray bottle)
- 1-2 drops of Sal Suds or castile soap (both can be found in my Amazon shop here)
- 3-5 drops essential oils if you’d like a little scent – some of my favorites are lemon + clove for the castile and pine + lemon for the Sal Suds (it has a pine-y scent already)
My favorite application is with a spray bottle and microfiber cloth but you can also spray and use a microfiber mop or spray mop (you can see my favorites here) or pour the solution into a small bucket and wipe up with a microfiber or cleaning cloth or with a mop.
Why do I wash floors on Thursdays?
I wash floors on Thursdays because all the hard floors were thoroughly vacuumed the day before on Wednesday. I realize that it would be even more thorough to vacuum and wash floors all on the same day, but that takes so much time, don’t you agree? So, years ago when I was developing my cleaning routine, I split it up and vacuum on Wednesdays and wash floors on Thursdays. Do I have to re-vacuum on Thursdays? No. I do CHECK FLOORS before I wash the floors but rarely do I need to re-vacuum. Any re-vacuuming is minimal and it is usually in the kitchen under the kitchen table or around the island.
Every day of the week I have ‘check floors’ as part of my routine. This means that after meals we check the kitchen floor and sweep or vacuum as needed. If I see something on an another floor in the home, I do a quick sweep or vacuum. This checking of the floors is something that I do, my husband does, and the kids will also grab a broom and help out. It’s not intended to be a full-on floor sweeping or vacuuming, it’s a daily dirt clean up. With 3 kids and 2 dogs, this is necessary.
Here’s what I want you to do today for floor washing:
I have found that a couple methods work really well when it comes to floor washing. Every once in a while, the floors need an old-fashioned, hands-and-knees washing. Depending on the time you want to invest and if you prefer washing your floors this way, you might want to go all out today. If not, simply wash them with your favorite method and tools.
- Quickly move any chairs and rugs that might get in the way.
- Start at the back of each room, in the corner farthest away from the door, and wash from left to right, washing your way out of the room.
- Wash every single hard-surface floor, including the laundry room, bathrooms, entryway, and living areas.
Washing floors is one of the most gratifying homekeeping tasks there is—don’t you just love clean, shiny floors? Your hard work this week will be worth it and I promise, every week you do the routine will take less time and be easier.
This post talks about my favorite methods for washing floors – check it out.
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I’m linking up the days as we go this week – click below on any day to catch up!
Sunday – just the DAILY TASKS (these five tasks might change your life)
Monday – BATHROOMS + daily tasks
Tuesday – DUSTING + daily tasks
Wednesday – VACUUMING + daily tasks
Thursday – FLOOR WASHING + daily tasks
Friday – CATCH-ALL DAY + daily tasks
Saturday – SHEETS + TOWELS + daily tasks
Awesome tips! How long will the diy cleaning solution keep?
b r SaysPost author
Thanks Kim – 2 weeks or a month!
Little Miss Housekeeper Says
I follow your routine religiously. I love every tip and trick and I am working on changing out my cleaning products for natural ones. The one thorn is my laminate floors. I found your recipe of distilled water and vinegar, and rubbing alcohol, but my floors are still cloudy when I am done. I have tried a damp mop, I have even tried a dry mop to immediately dry the floor. I feel like I have tried everything from steam mops, regular mops, hands and knees cleaning, diluted vinegar, wet jet mops. Do you have any other tricks that could remedy this problem, or am I destine to have cloudy floors?
b r SaysPost author
Are you rinsing your applicator (mop, rag, microfiber mop) as you go? It might also have to do with your water – try using distilled or filtered water….
Becky Becky you’re not really telling these girls to get down on their hands and knees to clean the floor, are you??? We have mops and buckets, Swiffers, steam cleaners . No no no no , we’re not gonna eat off the floor
b r SaysPost author
Ha! Sometimes it’s helpful and quicker – I wash bathroom floors this way and I think it’s quicker 🙂 Here’s what I said in the post:
Every once in a while, the floors need an old-fashioned, hands-and-knees washing. Depending on the time you want to invest and if you prefer washing your floors this way, you might want to go all out today. If not, simply wash them with your favorite method and tools.
Hi there! I loveeeeeeee your site and just got the Bissell steam mop you recommend. First use, wow, SO MUCH DIRT. I can’t believe how poorly my swiffer was doing. So glad to have this healthy swap. My question, what load of wash do you throw that disgusting mop pad in?
b r SaysPost author
I throw them in separately OR with my microfiber cleaning cloths on a disinfecting cycle – glad you’re loving it!