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Clean Green: Mop Your Floors with Vinegar

Weekends are when I get the majority of my house cleaning done. You know, the big jobs like mopping the floors. I like to send my husband to the park with the girls when I do this, not because I use a toxic cleaner that might hurt my loved ones (and my own) lungs. I just don't want them to muck up the floors I just mopped with vinegar.

Well not straight up vinegar, I dilute it of course, about ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a gallon of water. This is a safe way to clean hardwood, laminate or tile floors. It is safe for the floors and for you! Studies have shown that 5% solution of vinegar (straight out of the store-bought bottle) kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). Plus it is not toxic! The smell dissipates much more quickly than Lysol or other cleaners.

Some people add a little dish soap or peppermint into their solution, but I go for the simple mixture and mop to my hearts content. Try it!!!


Jasmine14969889 Jasmine14969889 3 years
Please do not use tea tree oil to clean if you have pets that will be on that floor/in the area (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) It can be TOXIC to them.
Jasmine14969889 Jasmine14969889 3 years
Someone mentioned tea tree oil. Please DO NOT use this if you have a dog or cat, as it can be toxic to them, as well as other pets (rabbits, etc.). Vinegar sounds like a great idea for a safe cleaner, but at this dilution, probably doesn't do much to disinfect. You might want to use another product if this is your goal (e.g. for bathrooms)...personally, I like to avoid bleach though.
kristoffersava kristoffersava 5 years
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HeJo HeJo 8 years
I use a vinegar/water solution to clean the expensive marley floor in my dance studio. It's the only thing that dissolves oil and dirt without leaving any residue. Try it!
southernbelleNYC southernbelleNYC 10 years
My mom always kept a spray bottle with the same solution in it to spot clean the floors. We even found that it worked really well on carpet when the dog had an accident!
fLIpiTup fLIpiTup 10 years
i cleaned the pantry and found a TON of vinegar (i have no idea why i've been unconsciouslly collecting vinegar) and now i'm glad i've got a way to use it!! thanks!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i use this combination and hav ever since i moved out 6 years ago - my mom like to use the chemical stuff :P i usually use hot water, some vinegar (just dump some in) and peppermint essential oil - or sometimes lavendar.
tati33 tati33 10 years
wow thanks!!
am am 10 years
does anyone have a "natural" way to get rid of soap scum?
spacebear spacebear 10 years
This post motivated me to mop my floors...which i hadn't done in a LONG time!
vigilante vigilante 10 years
Sorry Bizzy! I posted this and then went out. For a day and a bit. I did hear about the bleach fumes and you're absolutely right, not good for kids. My little guy's got an immune deficiency tho so I need the disinfecting power of bleach and I don't want to use whatever that crap is called in antibacterial soaps. I'd never thought of vinegar, Brat #1 has an appointment with his paediatrician on Tuesday so I'll ask...he'll probably tell me to stick with the bleach. Never a lecture misunderstand, that was what I was told as a kid so don't worry about scolding me! Especially when you're right!
zc zc 10 years
gonnu try it out
sugababee sugababee 10 years
tea tree oil and vinegear work wonders
xMiss-Worldx xMiss-Worldx 10 years
I've tried it for tiles.. its just great!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Vinegar is all I've ever used on hardwood floors. For some reason, I've never even thought to use it in my kitchen. Is it okay on linoleum?
am am 10 years
i use ammonia (maybe i should be using vinegar tho) and sometime tea tree oil mixed with water. I heart tea tree oil.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 10 years
supposed to be "mosquito bites".
bonbonfay bonbonfay 10 years
My mom has always done the vinegar thing...when I was a kid, I thought she was so weird! She has a whole book on the uses of's good stuff. FYI - nothing works better than Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball to take the itch out of mosquito. Seriously, try it.
kroqin kroqin 10 years
My mom always cleans with a vinegar solution, and her's are the cleanest houses I've ever been in. I didn't get the cleaning gene, alas.
Brazilxoxo Brazilxoxo 10 years
Vinegar smells horrible! I'm sticking to my swiffer mop.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Vigilante, are you aware that bleach and its fumes are very toxic? Household bleach is a weaker solution but exposure over time or its reactions with other agents in your home can be harmful to people, especially little ones. Ok, hope this doesn't sound like a lecture ...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Since we had our new kitchen floor installed, I've been using the vinegar/water solution and love it. No build up, no toxic fumes, very clean floors.
gingereg gingereg 10 years
i was always told that a vinegar solution was the only thing that was safe to clean hardwood floors...and it really does make them look like new. just have to be sure to swiffer up all the dog hair first!
vigilante vigilante 10 years
Really, Fit? Vinegar? I never would have thought for floors! I use it in my coffee maker and to unclog drains (with baking soda) but I've never put it on my floor. Not intentionally anyways. I usually use my floor steamer, and I soak the pad in bleach and water. My house always smells like a pool on Saturday morning.
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