Dogs….I love them….really, I do….but this….I do not love!
I can not keep my laminate wood floors clean! This is a spot of the floor right in front of the door to the backyard, so it is dirtier than most, but really…it just drives me nuts! I sweep every single day and mop at least twice a week. It’s not the dogs’ fault. They have to go out, but I wish I could wash their feet before they come in each time.
My other problem is that no matter what I clean the floors with (Mr. Clean, Pine Sol, Lysol, etc.) it ALWAYS leaves streaks. Since I have so many windows in my living space (which I love) I get a lot of natural light. This natural light is like a spotlight on the streaks on the floor. How frustrating! I spend hours cleaning and it looks all streaky!!
I found this recipe on Pinterest for a DIY Streak-Free Laminate Floor Cleaner. I followed the pin to the Nature’s Nuture blog and read through her post. It seemed like this recipe she came up did exactly what I needed so I tried it out. I followed Sarah’s recipe exactly:
Homemade Floor Cleaner
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup alcohol
- 2-3 drops natural dish soap
- 10-15 drops essential oil
- Fine-mist spray bottle – 24oz
- Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine.
- Sweep/vacuum the floor.
- Spray cleaner on the floor.
- Wipe up with a microfiber cloth.
I used an orange essential oil this time, but next time I think I am going to try a Lavender Essential Oil like Sarah suggested.
I mixed it all up, sprayed the floor down, and went to work. I was pretty happy with the results. It is not TOTALLY streak free, but it is MUCH MUCH better than any of the store bought cleaners I have used so far.
It did still have a pretty strong vinegar smell (which is why I want to try lavender next time), but we had company over about 30 minutes after I mopped and they said they only smelled clean. I am most happy about knowing exactly what is in my cleaner. With pets, and hopefully someday children, I am starting to become very aware of all the chemicals that are brought into the home. I am glad that this worked and I plan on using this mixture for all my floor cleaning from now on.