Once we made the decision to clean our home with products that don’t contain chemicals we had to start figuring out the best way to do it. As anyone with small (or large) children knows, the floors are a constant challenge. Especially because we have white floors that show EVERY spill or speck of dirt. Luckily we found a GREAT combination of products that not only cleans well, but disinfects as well as repels insects like ants and cockroaches, which were a problem for us when we first moved into this house. What do we use?
Vinegar is a great disinfectant, and when you add a small amount of peppermint Dr. Bronner’s castile soap the combo cleans, disinfects, and discourages pests at the same time! Other scents like rose, almond or lavender smell lovely but don’t seem to be as great of an insect repeller.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of Distilled White Vinegar (where to buy distilled white vinegar)
- 1 Tbsp peppermint Dr. Bronners castile soap (where to buy Dr Bronners castile soap)
- (Approx) 1.5 gallons of hot water
Here’s how you combine the ingredients:
- Pour your vinegar into the bucket.
- Pour your hot water into the bucket.
- Pour your peppermint Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in last. This is important because the soap will react by clumping up if you pour it into the vinegar before it’s diluted.
Floors before (and, ahem, what they look like most of the time):
Floors after (aka, floors before visitors):