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Casa Quickie: Cold Tea on Hardwood

It may sound weird, but cold brewed tea is a great way to get varnished hardwood floors clean (and if you don't believe me, ask your grandmother—chances are she used this method). Here's what you do: Take a lot of tea bags (about 15 per 2 quarts of water), brew and cool the tea, and then clean your floors with a damp mop. The tea mixture will clean the floors while bringing out the wood grain and adding shine. And since you're only using tea, there's no need to rinse.


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Doll112 Doll112 8 years
hmmmm nice, going to try that too!!!
pulp pulp 9 years
cool.. i'm totally going to try this..
susi891 susi891 9 years
I read a book by Karen Armstrong called Thru the Narrow Gate which is her story of being in a convent in the early 60's in Birmingham, England. She talks about her duty in the convent kitchen as a postulant where she was taught to dump the used tea leaves from the nuns' breakfast on the floor and then sweep them up!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
wow cool
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
it doesn't get sticky? interesting.
davie-k davie-k 9 years
COOL.. might try that!
libs1dlab libs1dlab 9 years
I never knew this. I will have to remember this when we replace the white tile with hard wood in the next few years.
ducks ducks 9 years
Hmm. Interesting. Wish mine were varnished. Got a natural plus paste wax situ here.
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