The floors at your home handle a lot of foot traffic, and if you have pets, you can also add paw traffic to the load that levels handle. It’s no wonder that floors can be tough to keep clean.
Besides foot traffic, there’s human hair, pet hair, dust and anything tracked in from the outside that can build up. Plus, you also have to take care of any accidental spills and make sure you get rid of liquids that usually stain the floor.
Some stains get ground in and can be tougher to clean out if you didn’t know they had happened. It’s easy to buy into the belief that using a steam cleaner is the only way to clean carpets. And you might also think that chemical cleaners are the best product to use on wood or tile flooring, but that is not completely true.
Cleaners have too many dangerous chemicals to use in your home, and the water used after a chemical steam cleaning ends up in the sewer system, while the non-biodegradable containers end up in the landfill. Not only are these chemicals dangerous for you and the earth, but they also don’t do the best job at cleaning, either.
You want levels that are safe and clean enough to walk barefoot on, and clean enough for your children to be able to sit on or crawl on if you have little infants learning how to navigate the world.
NATURAL FLOOR CLEANING IDEAS
- Remove your shoes (and get family and friends to do the same) on entering your home. This is to stop pesticides being tracked all over your floors.
- Starting with carpets, go for an organic stain remover. You’ll find organic stain removers that don’t have any fumes, so there’s no odor for you, and they don’t have any toxins, so they’re great for the environment, too.
- Once you’ve cleaned over any stains on the carpet, you can apply the carpet cleaner. Most organic cleaners are concentrated so a little can keep your carpets looking new all year long.
- Even if you use a carpet-cleaning machine that doesn’t use heat, organic carpet cleaners will still work for you.
- Some of the carpet cleaners can be specially mixed in a small dish and used as a stain remover, so you can even skip the pre treatment of stains depending on the brand you get.
- Look for cleaners that have soap bark and great smelling scents like sage. For tile floors, get a cleaner that’s multi-purpose and contains linseed oil. This is safe to use on marble flooring as well.
- If you have wood flooring, make sure the organic cleaner you buy specifically lists hardwood flooring, because not all natural ingredients are suitable for hardwood.
- Some organic soaps contain vinegar and an essence, which are excellent for cleaning and shining wood floors.
- For any floor polishes that you use, make sure they’re plant based.
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