I don’t know who first coined the phrase “cooking and cleaning”, lumping the two together as domestic chores nobody likes to do. I’m obviously a fan of the former; unfortunately I lack the will to regularly participate in the latter – a shame, since I’m such a messy cook. My kitchen is by far the most abused in our house – and since my job as a food writer and photographer involves so much cooking, it also involves cleaning, and mopping – and when I’m in the kitchen, I like my cleaning products to be as natural as possible.
To clean and polish hardwood floors, Organic Authority suggests mixing 1 gallon of hot water with 3/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice to not only clean the floor, but leave it with a natural sheen. For brick and stone tiles: 1 cup white vinegar stirred into 1 gallon (4L) water; spray, clean and then rinse with clear water.
For vinyl and linoleum: Earth Easy recommends mixing 1 cup vinegar with a few drops of baby oil into a gallon of warm water. For tougher jobs, add 1/4 cup borox, and use sparingly on lineoleum.
The book Salt, Lemons, Vinegar and Baking Soda recommends making an all-purpose floor cleaner by stirring up a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup of water and 6 drops of dishwashing liquid: fill a spray bottle, use sparingly and mop dry.
For a refreshing-smelling multi-use cleaner that’s also great on floors, SmartKlean Blog recommends filling a spray bottle bottle with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water, then adding 15-20 drops of pure peppermint oil. Shake to mix and spray directly on floors.
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