Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Homemade Floor Cleaner

When baby Elin started picking up things off the floor and put them in her mouth, I decided I had to find a natural alternative to cleaning my floor. I used to buy over-the-counter floor cleaners, just because I didn't know what else I could clean the floor with. Then I found Castile Soap. It is a vegetable oil-based soap that is organic certified and gentle to use for many different purposes. It is very versatile that it can be used alone or mix with other ingredients and very concentrated so a little goes along way.

Homemade Floor Cleaner:

Re-use an empty floor cleaner container and fill it with:

A few good squirts of Castile Soap (I used tea tree for its antibacterial property)
A teaspoon of sweet orange essential oil

Read here for guidelines on using essential oils.

Where to Buy Castile Soap in Singapore?

NTUC and Four Seasons Organic Stores sell Dr Bronner's castile soap (32 fl oz. bottles for about $30 and 8 fl oz. bottles for about $11). It may seem expensive at first sight, but considering how concentrated the soap it, a bottle lasts a long time. A 32 fl oz. bottle can probably make ten batches of floor cleaner solution. So if you do the math, it's actually cheaper, or if not, not anymore expensive than store-bought floor cleaners. It is also a natural alternative and environmentally friendly.

If making your own floor cleaner doesn't suit you, try this natural floor soap from Ecover, a company that makes eco-friendly household products. 

Do you have a favorite natural floor cleaner recipe that you use?

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  1. I totally love Dr. Bronners and must go pick some up! On ceramic tiles I mostly use a mix of hot water, 1 T. Dr. Bronners (or organic dish soap)and 1/4C. white vinegar per pail. I sometimes add a drop of essential oil (grapefruit is clean and nice) and sprinkle some baking soda on extra-dirty spots for a spot-clean. I agree that using Dr. Bronners is cheaper than you might think-- and the best solution for crawling babies, little pets, your water supply / septic system, etc.

  2. Great idea. I am totally going to try this

  3. I use straight distilled vinegar, works great and sterilizes safe enough for babies.

  4. There are off the shelf non toxic products out there like this: