As anyone with linoleum floors will know, cleaning them is tricky. Most cleaners leave a dulling film, or a sticky residue. You don't want your feet sticking to the floor, because you don't just want it to look clean, you want it to feel clean.
And those strong cleaners? Well, they're not so good for you. They can worsen respiratory problems and aren't safe around kids or pets.
One of the best ways to get shiny, clean floors without the use of chemicals is to use... vinegar!
Vinegar isn't just for dying Easter Eggs. In fact, it's been used for decades as a staple for natural cleaning. I'd bet your grandmother used vinegar in her cleaning, and you can too.
Vinegar is economical at around $2 per gallon, and it's a natural disinfectant. Plus, if your toddler likes to eat off the floor, you don't have to worry about calling poison control.
Not only is vinegar a great green option for cleaning most household surfaces, it is one of the best multi-purpose products in your home.
What Kind of Should I Use?
There are many kinds of vinegar, but ones like apple cider and balsamic are best left for cooking. For cleaning, you want white distilled vinegar. You can find it in the grocery store, though you'll find the best prices in large containers at a warehouse store or in the canning section of a department store.
Won't It Smell?
Yes, but only for a few minutes! The scent of vinegar fades very quickly, and there is no after scent that lingers. If you just can't stand the smell, you can add a few drops of an essential oil or some lemon juice for an extra kick of cleaning power.
What is the Best Way to Wash My Linoleum Floors?
Take 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, and mix it with a gallon of warm water in a cleaning bucket or the sink.
You can then use a microfiber mop, cloth, or sponge to scrub your floors with the vinegar mixture. I prefer the microfiber mops and cloths due to their amazing ability to absorb so much liquid, and the gentle abrasion. This mixture is also great to pour into spray mops. It dries quickly, and there is no need to rinse the floors. The vinegar will leave your floors shiny, and not sticky like some soaps can.
Give it a try and enjoy having clean, shiny linoleum floors!!