August 27, 2012

Update: Washing Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

I’ve been washing my hardwood floors with vinegar and water for a couple months now. Sometimes with a bucket and sometimes with a mop (I like the Rubbermaid Reveal mop). My preferred method (for results, not knees) is the getting down on my hands and knees method. (You can see my original post here, if you are interested.)  I am not a fan of the ‘just pickled’ smell that my house has after washing the floors, so I took to the comments and tried adding a little essential oils to my water/vinegar solution. No vinegar smell before, during or after the floor washing – yay!
It’s super simple, here’s what you’ll need…..
  • I use a bucket of clean, plain water (for rinsing the dirty cloths during floor washing)
  • a bucket with hot water and vinegar (I use the ratio of 1/2 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm/hot water)
  • a drop or two of essential oils added to the water/vinegar solution – I like this brand and I use a combination of lemon and orange or lemon and clove
  • microfiber cloths – I use three or four as I wash the floors – for drying and when the cloths get dirty
 It’s been almost 2 months since I posted about this method – anyone trying it out?

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