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.

Spring Homestead Cleaning Checklist

How to Provide

Spring season is here!  Yippee!!!  Let’s get things cleaned up.

Home Spring Cleaning

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  1. Dust: Furniture, framed photos, paintings, books and nick-nacks
  2. Clean Furniture and Cabinets:  Clean, oil and wax couches, mattresses, tables, ceiling fans and chairs with vacuum cleaner, lemon oil, wax and/or an all-purpose spray.
  3. Clean Appliances: Clean stove, stove exhaust fan, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, electronic devices, garbage disposal, and refrigerator.
  4. Clean Vents and Change Air Filters and Water Filters
  5. Remove Storm Windows, Clean Windows, Screens and Window Coverings: Clean windows inside and out with ammonia/water to remove grease spots and vinegar/water to remove water spots and a squeegee and towel.  Remove window coverings and clean appropriately.
  6. Clean Cellar and Pantry: Clean out all produce and dry goods that has gone bad and clean with baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide powder.
  7. Vacuum and Shampoo: Rugs and carpeting.
  8. Check Fire Alarms…

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