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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!!!


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