When it comes to getting your floors clean, we need to be conscious of the products we bring into our homes. Many of the commercial cleaners you buy at the store are full of dangerous chemicals that can make your family sick, not to mention being harmful to the environment. Using a commercial cleaner that leaves toxic residue dramatically contributes to indoor air pollution, which can be a massive problem for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
Making a homemade floor cleaner is not only safer but cheaper! I prefer working in grams because it is more accurate than ml/tbs/oz.
15g Laundry Soap Flakes
120g Sodium Carbonate or Soda Crystals
15g Bio Washing-up Liquid
10g Boiled-Linseed Oil ONLY FOR WOODEN FLOORS
HOW TO PREPARE
Boil the water and put the soap flakes and the sodium carbonate in a large container. Then add the hot water to the mixture and continuously mix it with an electric or manual whisk until all the soap is completely dissolved.
Add to your mixture the washing-up liquid and stir well until smooth. Wait for the liquid to cool down, then transfer into a container or glass bottle.
HOW TO USE
Pour 40-50ml of your floor cleaner into a bucket with 5l of water. Using a clean mop apply the solution to your floors. Allow it to air dry. You don’t need to rinse when you’ve finished. This recipe is perfectly fine for use around pets and ideal for eliminating many different types of stains. It is good to use on marble and natural stone tiles as the pH of the solution is very alkaline, and not acid.
ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
Linseed oil - also known as flaxseed oil or flax oil - is a colourless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant. It is an excellent oil treatment for wood, leaving a smooth touch on the surface. It revitalises old dried wood and gives it a new life. Boiled-Linseed Oil is not actually “boiled” like the name suggests, rather, it is chemically modified to encourage faster drying. Linseed oil is inherently water-repellent (hydrophobic), and it is not going to dissolve in the solution. In this case, you need to shake the bottle each time before using your floor cleaner.
Sodium carbonate - Na2CO3 - is also known as washing soda, soda ash, soda crystals and soda Solvay. It is a laundry booster, and it can also be used to scrub and to remove grease or oil stains. In this case, it very useful because it acts as a preservative for the solution we made.
Washing-up liquid is really important for making our recipe as it will help us to clean perfectly and to achieve effective results.
Soap flakes are just grated bars of soap. They are basically shredded soap to make it easier to dissolve in water. They are made from vegetable oils without any colouring or artificial additives. They are completely biodegradable, not tested on animals and do not contain parabens, preservatives, or other petrochemicals present in industrial soaps.