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Homemade No-Residue Floor Cleaner

Ideally, housekeeping should be quick, easy and affordable. You can save money by making homemade cleaners out of household ingredients like vinegar. Vinegar costs only a few dollars for a large bottle and is used in many cleaning solution recipes.

Household vinegar makes an excellent cleaner.

Ideally, housekeeping should be quick, easy and affordable. You can save money by making homemade cleaners out of household ingredients like vinegar. Vinegar costs only a few dollars for a large bottle and is used in many cleaning solution recipes. It makes an effective floor cleaner when mixed with water, doesn't leave a residue and is a disinfectant.

  1. Mix equal parts of vinegar and hot water in a bucket.

  2. Add 15 drops of an essential oil to the bucket. Try tea tree oil or lemon oil.

  3. Dip your mop into the bucket and wring it out.

  4. Mop the floors as usual and let it air-dry.

  5. Tip

    You can reduce the amount of vinegar used to 1 cup per bucket of water if desired. Essential oils are optional but will add to the cleansing power. The vinegar smell dissipatesas the vinegar evaporates.

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Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.