Cleaning Nontoxically – Vinegar For Tile Floors

We moved into a new place in July of last year that was anything but new.  The floors were so grimy that we gave them a quick once-over and continued moving in.  The one in our bathroom was RIDICULOUS.  Being that it wasn’t the one used often, we let it go and covered it with a rug.  *I* knew what was under there… and it bugged me.  Well, yesterday was THE DAY!  I decided to tackle it, and also to see which would work better, nontoxic white vinegar or the toxic Multi-surface Cleaner on which I had previously relied.

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I cleaned one tile with the vinegar, diluted by half water.  A mop and then a scrubbing sponge didn’t cut it, so I broke out the BIG GUNS, my RIGHT HAND MAN:

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 THIS is the GUY for me!! 

I got one square scrubbed with the vinegar.  It DID take some effort! This is what it looked like:

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THIS was exciting!  I grabbed the Scrubbing bubbles and did another:

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The one on the left was cleaned with the vinegar, the one on the right, with the toxic cleaner! The left was much easier to clean.  I have NO IDEA what the stuck-on film was all over our floor, but I would guess it was a buildup of hairspray from an extended time!

The kids thought it looked like fun:

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I wouldn’t have let them clean with the TOXIC Scrubbing bubbles. They and I had a great time cleaning, and it looked fantastic when we finished!

THINK about what you are cleaning with.  It goes down the drain, and into our Earth.

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One thought on “Cleaning Nontoxically – Vinegar For Tile Floors

  1. ruthsoaper March 16, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    I am so glad you shared this. I stopped using most cleaners years ago because I began having allergic reactions to them. Not only are those toxic cleaners ending up in our ground they are ending up in our bodies. I recently read of a study that found women who use a lot of household cleaners can have lungs like a pack a day smoker. I use mainly vinegar, baking soda and a mild dish soap for cleaning. I also keep bleach and ammonia on hand. I make home made laundry detergent and we don’t need fabric softener. We pretty much got rid of everything with synthetic fragrances and we only use my homemade soaps and oils and balms for skin and hair care. Before I we did this I was taking allergy medicine every day. I don’t even need that now during hay fever season. 🙂

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