Remember when I helped you make homemade cleaners, Dear Reader?
In the spirit of those cleaners, I want to share a tip from one of my Dear Readers, Heather. She and I have become blogging buddies over the last couple of months, and she has given me permission to share this tip with you.
Do you have a Clorox or Swiffer mop? I have one, and I rarely use it because I’m adverse to buying disposable paper/plastic mop pads and bottles of chemical cleaning agents.
I know, I’m odd. My mom thinks so, too; you’re in good company.
On to Heather‘s tip for converting your Clorox or Swiffer mop into an environmentally friendly and frugal cleaning tool:
- Instead of buying disposable mop heads, attach a cloth diaper or burp rag to the mop and clean as usual. You could use any old rag, but diapers are very absorbant. When you’re finished mopping, toss the diaper into your laundry and wash. You can repeat this process forever!
- Instead of buying the chemical solution, make your own! Heather‘s recipe is below. When the original bottle runs out, simply wash it and refill with your own. You can repeat this process for a long time, too, until your bottle cracks and you have to replace it. I wouldn’t put the bottle in the dishwasher as that will decrease its lifespan.
Homemade mop solution:
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- A few drops essential oil (Heather prefers lavender, but use whatever you like. I’m cheap and lazy, so eau de vinegar is going to be my scent of choice.)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Method all purpose cleaner
edited to add – Check out the comments if you have ceramic tile floors.
That’s it! Happy cleaning!
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