With all the happy four legged furry friends in my home, my linoleum floor tends to get dirty fast. However, I hate using chemical-filled floor cleaners to wash and get my floors squeaky clean. Instead, I like to make a homemade disinfecting floor wash that not only get my floors sparkling clean and fresh, but it also helps disinfected them as well while ridding awful pet odors.
Useful Ingredients for Making the Floor Wash
The ingredients I like to use to make my homemade disinfecting floor cleaner are one liter of distilled vinegar, one gallon of distilled water, and an eight-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide, ten drops of peppermint oil and fifteen drops of tea tree oil. I always have these products in my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but if you do not you can easily purchase them from the drugstore or grocery store at affordable prices.
Cleaning Benefits of the Ingredients
The cleaning benefits I receive from using these natural ingredients in my floor wash are outstanding. The vinegar acts as a natural disinfecting agent that kills germs, mold, mildew and harmful bacteria and viruses, and it has the ability to cut heavy grim, grease and dirt wonderfully due to the natural acid it contains. Not only does vinegar act as a disinfecting agent and grim and grease cutter, but it rids odors. The distilled water is simply used to make the vinegar not smell as strong and it helps cleanse the floor well from pet paw prints and any other kind of dirty footprint or food spills left behind on the floor. Hydrogen peroxide is used in the floor wash because it also is a disinfectant, but also uses oxygen to blast away heavy debris from the floor naturally. The essential oils are added do to their ability to kill the common cold and flu viruses and to help add a pleasant scent to the floor cleaner.
Making the Disinfecting Floor Wash
The easiest way I find to make the disinfecting floor wash is by pouring them directly into my mop bucket with an additional amount of water until my mop bucket is full. Then, I dip my mop into the bucket full of the floor wash, squeeze the access water out and begin mopping my floors until they are clean. The floor wash has a lovely tea tree oil mint scent that is refreshing and clean and it does tend to linger on after washing the floors, which I like. Using this homemade floor wash does keep me from having to scrub the floors down with all my might. All that is needed is a gently wipe with the mop and the yucky stuff on the floor comes right up wile germs and odors are washed away. However, I would not use this floor wash on finished hardwood floors because it might cause discoloration. Although it is perfectly safe to use the wash on tiled, stoned and marbled floors if you wish.
Bottom Line for Disinfecting Floor Wash
The next time you need to wash your dirty surfaced floors make, the homemade disinfecting floor wash instead of using a chemical filled one. It is safer for your environment, your health, your pet’s health, the family’s health and the earth.