Monday November 12, 2018
Over the past few years, there has been a trend away from caustic home cleansers to products that are more natural. You can credit these natural cleaners to a number of reasons — they are cheaper, less toxic, and more environmentally friendly.
One of the most common natural cleaners being used to clean tile floors is vinegar. But is vinegar a good choice to clean tile?
In a word — yes!
Vinegar has several benefits when used as a cleaner in your home. First, it is natural so you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals affecting the health of your family and pets. Vinegar also disinfects the surfaces that it cleans, eliminating bacteria in those areas. And while it may smell strong when you first open the bottle, it actually deodorizes and gets rid of odors leaving behind a neutral smell when it dries (and it dries fairly quickly as well).
Finally, white vinegar is especially useful as a degreaser because of its acidic nature. You can even use it on your bathroom tile to get rid of hard water stains.
If you plan to use this amazing natural cleaner, be sure to open up your windows for ventilation; the floors will dry faster, too. Then, simply pour a gallon of warm water into a mop bucket and add about half a cup of white vinegar to it. (You should never mix vinegar with anything but water. Adding vinegar to bleach can release a toxic chlorine gas!)
Always be sure to sweep your floors first to get up debris but also to loosen some of the dirt; you won’t have to scour quite so hard and risk hurting your back. Then, simply use a mop to clean your floors as usual. For really hard stains, dip a sponge in the solution and hand clean.
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners that you can find on the market. It’s cheaper than your average commercial cleaner and does the same job without all the toxic chemicals.