Even if cleaning isn’t your favorite thing in the world, it has to be done. There’s just no way around it. As much as it pains me, someone has to clean.
While there are good quality non-toxic cleaning supplies on the market, I prefer to make my own mainly because I’m a tightwad.
When I clean, my cleansers have to meet these requirements:
It has to use inexpensive and simple ingredients.
The method can’t take me more than a couple of minutes to make or I won’t do it. Nobody has time for that nonsense.
It can’t use harsh products, toxic fumes, or anything that would potentially cause harm to my curious little ones.
It has to work, or it’s a waste. It’s not worth my time and energy otherwise.
I’ve shared with you a couple of recipes before, and today I’m sharing with you my mopping solution. It meets all the requirements above and it’s been my go-to mop solution for several years now. You will have a faint vinegar smell while it is still wet, but it disappears while it dries.
Homemade Non-toxic Mopping Solution
1 cup vinegar
1 gallon hot water
15 drops of essential oil (I enjoy lemon and orange scents) Find essential oils here (affiliate link)
Mix all ingredients together and mop as usual. You will want to make a new batch every time you mop.
Note: Essential oils are not mandatory, but they have extra disinfecting and cleansing properties and I like the smell.