I’m happy today to have my new blog friend, Laura, guest writing at the blog today for our Natural Homemaking Theme! Laura is a work-at-home-wife, crunchy DIY’er, and the creative mommy of two little ones. Please give her a warm welcome and be sure to drop by her blog, Pockets Full of Wonder (formerly, Little Bits of Granola). xoxo, Kristy
When we moved into our home, I was in love with the wood floors in the dining room.
But I must admit, I was a little scared that we would ruin them!
I’ve always gotten the impression that wood floors are hard to care for. Truth is, wood floors are actually wonderfully durable and pretty easy to maintain.
I clean our wood floors in our dining room about once a week. Of course we sweep and spot clean after every meal since this is the room where a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old eat meals.
And truthfully, the floors could probably stand to be thoroughly cleaned more often than that! But hey, I’m a busy mom and I do my best. *wink
I use this simple recipe for cleaning my wood floors.
I like to spray the cleaner on the floor and mop up using my steam mop (I use this one) because the heat makes the floors dry more quickly.
If you have a steam mop, be sure it has a setting that is safe for wood floors. Or you can just as well mix this up in a mop bucket using the same proportions and clean your floors with a regular mop.
To do that, just multiply the ingredients by 8 to make 1 gallon of floor cleaner.
DIY Wood Floor Cleaner
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
2 Cups Warm Water
2-3 drops essential oil (I love lemon, lemongrass, or eucalyptus)
Mix together in a spray bottle and spray directly on the floor in small sections, mopping each section with a steam mop.
If your floors are a little grimy, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of Castile soap. A little goes a long way, so you really don’t need much.
I also polish the floors occasionally using this next recipe – usually once per season.
During spring cleaning is a great time to do this. It gives them a good conditioning and makes them shiny!
DIY Wood Floor Polish
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
3/4 Cup Olive Oil
15 drops essential oil (for this, I typically use a combo of lemon and eucalyptus)
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray directly on the floor in small sections.
Polish each section with a microfiber cloth.
You could also try using a microfiber mop, but I find it easier to really work the polish into the wood using a cloth.
I did half of my floor so you could see the effect.
That isn’t a wet floor – that is how it looks after it’s polished!
You can also use this polish on wood furniture.
It is so much safer than the stuff in the yellow can. It is much better on the environment and you don’t have to worry about your kids touching the furniture after you’ve polished it! That’s always a win in my book.