01 September 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Floor Cleaner

So far, I've been loving most of the "pins" I've tried. This recipe says it's a cleaning solution for laminate floors. I have a hardwood floor in my kitchen, but I figured since it contains rubbing alcohol (which allows it to evaporate more quickly), it should be okay. Click here to see the original page.


D-I-Y Floor Cleaner
1 part water
1 part white vinegar
1 part rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
2-3 drops dish soap (I used Dawn)


I photographed my kitchen floor both before and after, but it's really difficult to show the difference. You'll just have to take my word for it!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

I was pretty impressed with the way this cleaner worked on my floor, so I decided to try it on the outside of the stainless steel canisters I use for flour, sugar, rice, and pasta. The flour and sugar canisters were particularly covered in fingerprints and well, flour and sugar.


BEFORE:

AFTER:

This stuff worked great! The canisters look good as new and all I did was spray it on and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.


It also works great on my stove top. I was a little concerned about using it there because of the flammability issue. But I don't have an open flame/pilot light, the alcohol evaporates almost immediately, and I'm careful not to use the stove for awhile after cleaning it. (Who wants to mess up their clean stove anyway?) Besides, it can't be any worse/more flammable than propellants in aerosol cleaning products. However, here is my disclaimer/PSA/caution: Use this product with caution. It contains rubbing alcohol, which is flammable. Do not use this product near heat or open flame.

The verdict: Pin-worthy!

This is definitely another cleaning solution that I will be keeping in my arsenal!

signature

14 comments:

  1. Well, I think you found a really good DIY cleaning solution that’s going to be very useful with a lot of things! Maybe you can also try it on your countertops! I bet it would work after seeing how it did with the floor. White vinegar sure has a lot of uses when it comes to cleaning, from deodorizing the bathroom to helping clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator and even preventing good glassware from getting etched. It’s certainly a good ingredient to mix in a cleaning solution.


    @Tyler Perkins

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're right! It has turned out to be one of my favorite cleaning solutions - even on my solid surface counters. Love it!

      Delete
  2. I'm totally pinning this! I desperately need to mop our wood floors, but we just moved and wasn't sure what to use on them. Thanks for the Pin test!

    www.domesticblisssquared.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know how it works for you! I'm still using it on my floors - and sometimes I use it on my solid surface counters as well. Thanks for stopping by today!

      Delete
  3. Thank you for sharing this! We have a steam cleaner but I don't like using it as much because it leaves the floors so streaky. I am going to give your cleaner a try.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know how you like it, Brandi - I think it works just as well as the more expensive kind you buy at the store! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  4. Hahaha -- I am with you on who wants to mess up a clean stove!! I'm going to pin it too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I still make this & use it - it's one of my favorite cleaners. I even give it to my cleaning lady to use on my floors!

      Delete
  5. Will this work on tile floors?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Does it leave any film on laminate floors. I've tried everything, and nothing works. Floor is clean, but completely filmed over.

    ReplyDelete
  7. It was originally formulated for laminate floors, but I don't have laminate, so I can't say for sure how it works on them. Sorry!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have used it in my house as well for things like decorative pieces with many grooves, the rubber seals on the refrigerator as well as the refrigerator doors, in the tracks of the sliding glass doors, on walls, ceiling fans, tops of door frames, the stovetop, mini-blinds, vertical blinds, the microwave..the list just goes on and on.
    vax steam mop

    ReplyDelete
  9. i was told by my granite iinstaller not to use vinegar on the granite. anyone know differently?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, you shouldn't use vinegar to clean granite. I believe you're not supposed to use citrus-based cleaners on it either. However, you should be able to use this recipe minus the vinegar without any problems.

      Delete

I love reading your comments!!