Tuesday, October 25, 2011

31 Days: Day 23 - I'm Floored!

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Several years ago we put in laminate wood floors in our kitchen and living room. I later regretted it as every little spot showed. I couldn't use just any old cleaner. The manufacturer specified laminate floor cleaner, or vinegar and water. I tried the latter, but it left water spots, so I had to clean and then wipe dry with a towel on my hands and knees. Just cleaning one room left me tired!

I decided to buy some laminate cleaner. The price varies depending on the brand, but Home Depot carries Zep Hardwood and Laminate floor cleaner, in a 32 oz spray bottle, for $4.98. It worked, but I could easily go through a bottle a month. I decided to try to make my own and found a recipe online. This was several years ago, so I have no idea where it came from.

I loved it! It works very well, is super cheap to make and I use it on all my hard floors now, eliminating the need for other floor cleaners. Here is the recipe:

2 Tablespoons ammonia (not sudsy)
1/2 Cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 teaspoon dish soap
few drops of essential oil for smell (optional)

Use a funnel to pour the first 3 ingredients into an empty 32 ounce spray bottle. Add water to fill gently. You don't want to create a lot of suds. Once filled, replace lid and shake to mix. Spray directly on your floor and mop clean. I use a Swiffer mop with my own rags attached.

It costs about .27 Cents to make versus $4.98 for store bought cleaner. Each bottle saves me $4.71. Since I use about 1 bottle a month, I save $56.52/year.

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