Natural Cleaning for Floors

Generations ago only cleaned with household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Modern times began to look for convenient and snazzy things to make our life seem easier. What we did not know then but NOW do is that some many of those things can be harmful to our health. Look at how far we have gone from using plants as medicine, and food from being nutritious to being packed with who knows what.

Natural Cleaning

I get asked all the time what is the best way to keep all types of flooring clean, naturally. Store bought cleaners can make you think your floors are cleaner, but truth is they are packed with chemicals. This can cause our lungs to feel congested and sometimes irritated. They also can cause our hormones to become disrupted which is especially important if you have children in your home. Plus, our little animal friends absorb EVERYTHING through their paws.

Whether you have hardwood, ceramic tile, luxury vinyl, or laminate flooring this recipe is SO easy. It is affordable and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry. Not only will your floors shine, you will be savings tons of money and taking one small step to a having a non-toxic cleaning practice.

Floor Cleaner

Add about 1/4 cup white vinegar and up to 10 drops of essential oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, or my favorite combination Lime and Siberian Fir, to a bucket of hot water to clean hard surface floors.

Pro tip

Did you know that citrus oils break down grease and grime and can eliminate sticky residue, grease stains and things that get spilled on a floor or tracked in from outside?

Essential Oils and Pets

TRUTH about essential oils and pets

  1. When diffusing essential oils around pets, use a diffuser on an intermittent setting (Lumo Diffuser). Allow the pet the option to exit the room by leaving the door open and only use 3-4 drops of oil at a time in the diffuser.
  2. Petting the animal with essential oils on your palm is an excellent way to apply oils topically to your pets. Along the spine or on the ear tips are the most common applications.
  3. Discontinue use of an oil if your pet shows signs of distress, drooling, squinting, rubbing face, shaking, vomiting or diarrhea.
  4. Keep the lids on your bottles and store them in a safe place to keep pets out of your oils.
  5. Cats lack a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing certain things, so use a bit more caution when using oils on them. Use extra caution with Tea Tree, Birch, Wintergreen, Spearmint, and Peppermint, as well as hot oils such as Oregano or Thyme.
  6. As with any new thing you introduce your pet to, begin slowly. Start with a small amount of a diffused or diluted oil and watch your pet’s behavior.

Check out this handy guide to learn more.

What oils does your pet enjoy?