Monday, June 21, 2010

Homemade Floor Cleaners & Dryer Sheets

Today’s blog post idea comes from questions posted by Deb. She is looking for homemade floor cleaner and dryer sheets. I have found floor cleaner recipes for several different types of flooring.

Safety Tip: NEVER mix ammonia and bleach because the fumes are toxic. None of following nor will any of my recipes call for the use of bleach. I know there are people out there who love their bleach. I beg you to please learn why you should stop using bleach. I grew up with a Mom who was and continues to be a bleach lover. I personally refuse to use it because the smell makes me gag and I always hated how my clothes stunk of bleach. To me that is not a clean’s nasty! I decided when I moved out on my own to go bleach free because I want my family to be healthy and we LOVE being stink free! :)

Homemade Floor Cleaner

1/3 cup Borax
1 gallon warm water
1 teaspoon homemade liquid dishwashing detergent
1 tablespoon ammonia

This is a basic floor cleaner that will work well at disinfecting your bathrooms and kitchen along with removing tough stains. Also can be used with a bare floor cleaning machine.

All-Purpose Floor Cleaner

1/4 cup dish soap
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup lemon juice
1-2 cups water

Wood Floor Cleaners

10 tea bags
1/2 gallon water

Step the tea bags until it’s very strong. Use a sponge mop and then wipe dry.


1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Use a sponge mop. Rinse and squeeze the mop until almost dry several times while mopping. No need to rinse after mopping but you might want to dry up any damp areas with a cloth towel.

Laminate Floor Cleaner

1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
3 drops of dishwashing liquid

This recipe can be used in your bare floor cleaner or with a mop.

Linoleum or Tile Floor Cleaner

1 tablespoon liquid soap
quarter cup of baking soda
2 gallons of hot water
1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix together the liquid soap, baking soda, water and then add white vinegar.

Scented Floor Cleaner

1/3 cup white vinegar
2 gallons hot water
drops of orange or lemon essential oil

Disinfectant Floor Cleaner

1/2 cup borax
2 gallons hot water

This works great for disinfecting bathrooms and doesn’t need to be rinsed after application.

The Truth about Dryer Sheets...

A lot of people like using dryer sheets to control static. Static cling is a result of over drying your laundry. Experiment with shortening the length of time your clothes are in the dryer or turning down the temperature will stop static cling.

Dryer sheets contain a lot of harmful chemicals that stick to your clothes and they are not good for your dryer because they gunk them up and leave behind a chemical residue. Dryer sheets are not recommended by most reputable appliance repairmen. Dryer sheets also leave chemical residue that contain carcinogens on fabrics that get inhaled or absorbed into your skin via clothes and bed linens. Instead of using dryer sheets try one of those blue dryer balls you can find at Target or the grocery store. If you would like your clothes to have a nice scent try using natural dryer sheets using essential oils. Adding 1/4 cup vinegar or Borax to your wash cycle or 1/4 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle will also help with static cling.

Natural Dryer Sheets

Dampened rag or washcloth
10 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange, strawberry etc)

Drop this in with a load of laundry to give your clothes fresh scent. This will not remove static cling though.

If you would still like to use dryer sheets you can make your own with a non-toxic eco-friendly fabric softener made by Seventh Generation or Ecover which can be purchased at Whole Foods or from online retailers.

Homemade Dryer Sheets

1 gallon water
1 cup concentrated eco-friendly fabric softener

In an old ice cream bucket mix the water and fabric softener. Label the pail and keep the lid on when not in use. When you do laundry dip an old wash cloth or rag into the mixture, wring it out and dry it with your clothes.

1 comment:

Acid Solvent for Clogs said...

Experiment with shortening the length of time your clothes are in the dryer or turning down the temperature will stop static cling.