Crunchy (AKA “natural”) light-bulbs. They’re all the rage these days, and with good reason.
First, they’re eco-friendly! And with all the confusion over which light-bulb is actually the right one to use, a crunchy light-bulb is a breath of fresh air, a reason to rejoice. The appearance of a crunchy light-bulb means very good things are about to happen.
Second, they empower! When a crunchy light-bulb lights up, get ready to spend some time with vinegar, beeswax, or essential oils. Power to the max.
Crunchy light-bulbs may not be an actual physical light-bulb you purchase from the store and plug into your favorite paisley lamp (sorry). But, they exist!
A crunchy light-bulb shines bright the moment you get a stirring idea, that just won’t leave you alone, also known as an “AHA moment”. The moment you realize you no longer need a long skinny tube of antibacterial and healing gel in your medicine cabinet, you can make your own! When the last drop of commercial laundry soap is poured into the washer and suddenly a crunchy light-bulb shines bright: “I can make my own laundry soap!”. Now that’s empowering, friend.
That’s what a crunchy light-bulb is all about! Of course, all good crunchy light-bulb moments must be shared. So, today, I come to you with another light-bulb creation, one of my simplest, yet highly-effective natural remedies: DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Wipes.
DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Wipes are inspired by my simple DIY Cleaning Wipes. Stock a natural, simple-minded gal a handful of washcloths and a gallon of vinegar, and she just may try taking over the whole cleaning industry!
Both wipe recipes use washcloths making DIY cleaning wipes: reusable, easy to wash, and 100% natural. Simply attach a DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Wipe to a Swiffer base and clean the floor like its never been cleaned before. Your wallet, floor, and husband will thank you!
- 2 cups water (Tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled for longer-term use.)
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (helps with drying)
- 4 washcloths
- 10 drops orange + 5 drops of peppermint + 5 drops of tea tree essential oil (You can also substitute lemon or lavender and create your own combo)
- Swiffer (where to buy)
- Roll the washcloths and place in a jar.
- In a small bowl combine the water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol and essential oils.
- Pour the vinegar mixture over the washcloths, pressing the washcloths down into the liquid. The washcloths should be wet. Depending on the size of your washcloths, you may need to add more vinegar/water as needed.
- Close the lid on the jar.
- Remove the washcloths from the jar as needed and attach to a Swiffer base. Wash the dirty cloths in the washer, and repeat the process.
Note: To attach the wipe to the Swiffer base, simply secure the ends of the cloth in the holes on top of the base. You can also reverse the wipes mid-way through cleaning so you use both sides.
Laminate Floors: Find a recipe with the exact same ingredients, just equal measurements specifically for laminate, on Nature’s Nurture Blog.
(Sealed) Wood Floors: According to Becky at Clean Mama, she uses a vinegar mop solution on her hardwood floors using a special hardwood cleaning technique. If you’re looking for something to use on exposed or waxed wood, I recommend talking to a wood specialist. These recipes don’t shine and the vinegar may dull some finishes, like wood sealers or waxes. If your hardwood floors are sealed, it’s important to know how they are sealed before using any liquid cleaner.
With any cleaner that’s applied to a special surface, always spot test. This applies to both store-bought cleaners and homemade solutions. There are many factors that can play into a floor cleaner working with or against your floor: 1/ the products used on your floors in the past, which can leave a film that’s brought out by other products 2/ your water (hard water can work against cleaning solutions). Since there are many variables that may play into cleaning a surface effectively, I recommend spot testing in a small, inconspicuous area or grabbing a floor sample from the home improvement store for testing.
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