We adopted a puppy right before Christmas. It was not a planned Christmas “gift” but we were contacted by our local rescue, asking if we wanted to consider adopting a Great Dane puppy. We met her and I fell in love. A great dane puppy, let’s be honest, is no true “puppy size.” She is 6 months old and a small horse already!
Needless to say, it has been pretty chaotic in our home. Through all the chaos, I can tell you this… I have not washed my floors this frequently in a long time! I would argue to say that a puppy is worse than a newborn. At least a newborn just sits where you put them and goes in a diaper. A puppy… well this one loves to chew, jump on my counters and pee everywhere but outside.
Since I have been washing my floors like a mad woman, I thought I would share my floor routine here. And share why you should kick those chemical filled floor cleaners to the curb.
Washing floors used to be a task I loathed… I think the process of sweeping/vacuuming before washing. Then ensuring kids stay off the tile so they don’t slip-made the whole process tiresome. Thankfully in our new house it’s been a happier and enjoyable chore. I am not sure what changed, maybe my central vac or finally mastering a routine (wash while the kids nap,) but I enjoy it now!
How do you wash your floors? A good ole mop and bucket? Steam mop? Conventional wet cloths?
If your using the conventional wet cloths beware of what your putting on your floors. The floors your kids play on, your pets lick up table scraps from and you walk on. I know that the conventional cloths can be easy and quick, but did you know the complications of the chemicals in those cloths?
Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients in the Swiffer Wet Cloths. (Which by the way is next to impossible to find online…thank you EWG)
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone-skin sensitizer, danger to aquatic life, mutagenic to DNA
- Diakyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chlorides- asthmagen,
- Fragrance-skin irritation, allergen, nervous system effects, asthmagen, and aquatic toxicity
- Polyoxyethylene Castor Oil- carcinogen and reproductive toxicity to males
Now, those are just a few of the ingredients, if you want to search it further check out EWG’s report here.
These chemicals can seem scary and overwhelming, but there is a simple solution! You can easily make your own “wet cloths” with these ingredients below.
Bamboo Wet Cloths
- 3 tbsp Castile Soap
- 3 1/2 cups filtered water
- 20 drops Essential oil of choice (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint)
- Reusable Bamboo Cloths
Combine the water, soap and essential oils in a large mason jar or glass spray bottle. Wet your bamboo cloth with soap mixture when ready to “mop” your floor. Attach bamboo cloth to your old wet mop, just like you would with the conventional cloths, and enjoy chemical free clean floors!
As we move forward in the new year and new resolutions, consider making the switch to reusable bamboo cloths and your own homemade solution. Or go old school like me and bust out that mop and bucket. This is my favorite mop and put 1 tablespoon Castile soap in your bucket with warm water to the fill line. Works like a charm every time!
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