DIY: Make your own heavy duty floor cleaner!

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We have 5 dogs, so when I say I need a “heavy duty” floor cleaner, I mean it.  This recipe for floor cleaner does an awesome job at cleaning my floors.

All you need is:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap (I used Dawn today)
  • 1/4 Cup white vinegar (although I always tend to put in more like 1/2 a cup)
  • 2 Gallons water

When I first heard about this cleaner, I was a little skeptical, because I didn’t want my floors to smell like vinegar.  I love vinegar because it has so many amazing benefits, but who really loves the smell of it?  Yuck.

But I’ve found out through all of my other DIY projects that involve vinegar, that if you mix vinegar with other products, you actually don’t smell the vinegar at all!  And this only has 1/4 (or 1/2) cup to 2 gallons of water, so really, it’s not a lot anyways.

There’s really no odor to this floor cleaner at all.  If you like the smell of clean floors, add a little of your favorite floor cleaner to the bucket.  This way you will have the scent of your favorite floor cleaner, with the cleaning powers of the vinegar and baking soda.

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Oh, and just a side note about my mop.  I recently switched from those white stringy mop heads to an O’Cedar Light & Thirsty mop.  These mop head refills are around $6 at Walmart, and are washable up to about 50 times I think it said.  I’ve washed this one a few times already and it’s holding up nicely.  The white stringy mops, even the ones that say they are washable, do NOT come out the wash very good at all. They just come out a big tangled mess.  These come out great.  And since I can rewash and reuse them about 50 times, it only costs me about 12¢ every time I use one!

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