D.I.Y Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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.

The Green Way To Remove Gum From Hardwood Floors

The problem with gum is that is sticks to everything from clothing to hair and can be a real pain to remove without damaging its sticky partner.   The floor seems to be one of the places it can be found the most and with households increasingly being upgraded to hardwood flooring, we decided to share our little tip for removing gum from your hardwood floors…the green way.

Its actually really simple.  All you have to do is get a piece of ice or an ice pack and rub it on the affected area for  a few minutes.  The ice allows the gum to harden and loosen from the flooring.  You can then use the peel of an orange or lemon to remove any excess residue left behind.  We tried this technique at a friends house and it definitely worked as shown in our image.

There you have it, you saved your floor, some cash, and your indoor air quality by not using any chemicals!  Please share any other green tips with us that you may have!