Well maintained hardwood flooring can change the entire dynamic of the house. If shoes make the outfit, then it can be said that hardwood floors make the room. They come in different types, styles, and can be stained a variety of colors. The only downfall is that they need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order ro preserve their beauty.
Every house is different in terms of traffic, but most floors need to be mopped at least once a week. To make your hardwood floor cleaner all you need is:
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
Place the solution into a reusable spray bottle. I like to spray the solution onto the floor and wipe it up by placing a microfiber cloth onto the bottom of a swiffer ( those reusable cloths get expensive and cause unneccessary waste).
If you want to be fancy, you can purchase this refillable mop from Rubbermaid. Simply pour your vingear floor cleanig solution into the reservoir, use as directed, and your floors will be green clean in no time.
Most of us spend our green cleaning time on our kitchens, bathrooms, and floors. However, there are a few things around the house that collect dirt and germs that most of us skip during our house cleaning routine. Here is our list of items in your home that probably need cleaning:
- Toothbrush Holder: toothbrush holders and the basis for electric toothbrushes can get pretty icky from dripping tooth paste residue. Soak in hot soapy water or put in the dishwasher
- Blinds and Drapes: dust accumulates quickly I’m blind. To clean metal or plastic blinds, white with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner. 4 wooden blinds, use a cloth damp with just water. 4 fabric blinds, white with a microfiber cloth. Drapes can usually be put into the washing machine and hung to dry. The same goes for fabric shower curtains. Wipe down plastic ones or hand wash in the tub.
- Types of Appliances: these are often ignored but can be gross dust and grease traps. Wipe down the top of your refrigerator and microwave while cleaning the front and sides. And while we’re at it, Bayshore to clean in between appliances and counters, i.e, that strip of gunk that gets caught between the stove and counter.
- Bottom of Rugs: it’s smart to vacuum both side of a rug, at least occasionally, because dirt does accumulate on the bottom as well.
- Handbags: Handbags are set down on the ground frequently collecting grime and germs of all kinds. Learn how to clean your bag by checking the manufacturer’s website or by using a gentle natural cleanser and washing by hand. Dry quickly to ensure no mustiness, a hairdryer is helpful.
- Cleaning Tools: Don’t forget to clean the cleaners! Kitchen sponges should be soaked in a vinegar water mixture. Rags, wash cloths, and removable Mop Heads can be washed in hot water. Vacuum filters should be washed every 3 months. You should also vacuum your broom heads.
- Television Remote: With all those hands using the remote, and with its occasional visits to the floor, a remote can get pretty nasty Without You realizing it. Wipe down with a damp vinegar soaked cloth.
- Reusable Shopping Bags: Turn inside out and wash to get rid of residual food bacteria. I do the same for my cotton mesh produce bags every week.
- Hats, gloves, and scarves: Another item used daily during cold weather that often gets neglected, these need to be washed too. Launder and air dry. Wipe down leather with a multi purpose cleaner instead of submerging in water.
- Gym bag: Some can be washed in the machine, while others must be done by hand. Sprinkle the inside of the bag with baking soda to get rid of stubborn bad odors.
- Garbage Can and Compost Bins: Make this apart of your regular cleaning routine. Wash with hot soapy water and let dry in the sun if possible. Sprinkle bottom with baking soda to absorb odors if necessary
- Pillows: Pillows collect disgusting amounts of dust, skin cells, and bacteria over the course of their lives. This means that thorough cleanings are needed on a regular basis.
- Handles and Railings: Don’t neglect toilet handles, door handles, and stair railings. Wipe with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner or white vinegar. Do the same for light switches while you’re at it.
- Ceiling and Fans: Dust can accumulate on the ceiling, so give it a good sweep once a year. Use a freshly cleaned broom and a bandana to cover your face. Wipe down both sides of fan blades with a damp cloth. Do this before cleaning the floor.
Completing these chores in addition to your regular cleaning routine will ensure that your entire home is green clean from top to bottom.