I was playing photographer yesterday, getting down on the floor and working scenes from different angles, when I kept noticing that something smelled bad.
Point, shoot, whiff….”what is that odor?” Then, embarrassment set in as I thought, “my feet smell really bad. I need to take a bath.”
Embarrassment was soon replaced by the realization that that smell wasn’t coming from my feet after all. It was my floors!
I had mopped the day before, but instead of using Pine-Sol like I usually do, I decided to give vinegar and water a try. So, I dipped my mop in the bucket and moved it in figure eights across the floor.
“Hey, this really does work,” I noticed as spills and scuffs came up easily. ”Wow, my floor looks extra clean,” I marveled.
I could no longer smell the vinegar by the time I went to bed which is why, the next morning, it took me a while to recognize that foot odor smell for the vinegar that it actually was.
It’s now been two days since I waltzed across the floor with my mop, and I think the coast is clear.
To mop your floors with vinegar
~Mix 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with a gallon of warm water (this is where I may have gone wrong.)
~For hard wood floors, be sure to wring the mop so that it is damp, not wet
~Mop and let dry. Some directions say to rinse with water, others say rinsing isn’t necessary
~Optional: add a few drops of dish soap or essential oil for a fresh scent
I loved how easy it was to use vinegar and water; there’s no rinsing after you mop and it cuts through the grime, leaving my floors looking very clean. Also, there is no build up or sticky feeling after the floor dries. I’m going to try adding essential oil to the vinegar and water mixture next time.
I’m thinkin’ a nice lemon scent should do the trick.
What do you use to clean your floors?
until next time,