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Hello! This is Andrea, from Homemade for Elle and I am excited to write a guest post on Natural Living Mamma!

I have been on a quest over the past two years to remove toxic cleaners and products from my home. Toxins and chemicals in household cleaners can be extremely dangerous. Ingestion of some cleaners can be fatal, which makes it a huge hazard to small children and pets. Even when not ingested, simple exposure to these cleaners can have serious and negative effects on your health.
Bleach can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. When bleach is used in combination of toilet bowl cleaners or ammonia, it can create lethal fumes. Perchlorethylene (common in carpet shampoos) is a known carcinogen and can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Ammonia can damage your eyes, respiratory tract and skin. Dishwashing detergent is clearly labeled “harmful if swallowed” due to it’s highly concentrated chlorine content, but that same detergent leaves residue on the dishes that we eat food off of.

Floor cleaners contain nonylphenol ethoxylate, which is toxic to the environment and can disrupt the hormonal system. In some floor cleaners, there are chemicals that the UN says can cause damage to unborn fetuses. Our feet have fairly large pores, which makes them a very absorbent. If there is a layer of toxic chemicals on your floor, and you’re walking around barefoot, your body will absorb those chemicals.

Household cleaners are bad news, but the good news is that we don’t need them! It is insanely easy and inexpensive to make your own! You can find recipes to more homemade cleaners on my website. Probably the easiest homemade cleaner to make is floor cleaner.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • 10 drops essential oils

How to do it:

  • Fill up your kitchen sink with hot water until about half way full (roughly 2 gallons). Add vinegar, essential oils and borax (optional).
  • Mop as normal

Why it works:

  • Vinegar has a high acidity level, which makes it an effective mold, bacteria, and germ killer.
  • Lemon essential oil is one of my go-to cleaning oils for its antibacterial properties and its uplifting scent. It masks the smell of vinegar very well, so I usually add 5 drops to my vinegar/water solution.
  • Melaleuca essential oil (tea tree oil) is a great cleaning oil because it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. I usually add 5 drops of it, along with lemon to ensure a clean, disinfected floor.
  • Other good essential oils to use are Wild Orange, Frankincense, and Grapefruit.

What is your favorite natural cleaning recipe?

 

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Hi, this is Andrea from Homemade for Elle. I am thrilled to be a contributor to Natural Living Mamma!

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I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home.

I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, I read labels, and I play the piano.

I believe by living simply and naturally, we become happy and healthy. If you’re into that kind of thing (and I assume you are, because you’re here, right?), please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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19 Responses to Easy Homemade Floor Cleaner – Guest Post

  1. Bev Dixon says:

    Can this be used on sealed wood floors? I know that other oil cleaners like Murphys Oil soap can damage them, I do not use them (usually use a Floor Mate with water)… I have used vinegar/water
    before with no problems…but worry about adding oils.

    • Amanda says:

      Essential oils are really volatile oils, not like regular oils like olive. They won’t have the same effect on the floor, especially at such a low amount. As always, when trying new floor cleaners, try it on a small spot on your floor and see how it goes. That being said I use this on my treated hardwood floors with no issues.

  2. We are moving out of our house in a week or two and the entire main floor is hardwood. This will be super handy!

  3. Lemon is one of my fave EOs for cleaning my kitchen. So yummy smelling and so effective…

  4. I love that you included a “Why it Works” section on this post. That part is often left out of natural cleaning recipes!

  5. I love making my own cleaners. I am highly sensitive and allergic to so much plus my dh has COPD. Natural cleaners just make more sense for us. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Amber says:

    I haven’t tried a homemade floor cleaner yet. This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks!

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  14. Christine says:

    Do you need to rinse the floors after using the vinegar mixture, or can you let it dry as used?

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