We used to have stained concrete floors. The were pretty. They were easy to clean. They were freezing cold in the winter. So, we had laminate put in, hoping that it would help the downstairs temperature stay warmer. It did help, but at a price! That laminate is SO high maintenance! Yes, I had to sweep the concrete all the time, and yes I have to sweep the laminate all the time, but it's the MOPPING that has been a huge difference! I used to be able to fill up my mop bucket with water and use whatever kind of mop I wanted to wash the concrete. You couldn't tell a difference. With the laminate, I have gone through so many mops. I can't use a "regular" mop, a sponge mop, or a microfiber mop without leaving water everywhere. Streaks and spots and footprints and film. I got a Swiffer Wet Jet. It works pretty good, but I HATE using the swiffer cleaner. It smells so strong and I just know I'm getting toxic cleaner everywhere. I started my health journey by realizing that what you put on your skin does get absorbed into your body. Then, as I started using essential oils, I started to become more paranoid about using toxic cleaners and stepping on things with my bare feet. So the swiffer was only used in dire "mopping" emergencies of laziness. If I wanted my floor to look clean, truly clean, I had to get a cup of water with either some vinegar, liquid soap, or Thieves cleaner in it, pour it on the ground, push it around with the microfiber mop, and then get on my hands and knees and wipe the ENTIRE floor with a towel. Ugh! It became the bane of my existence to mop the floor. I think I mop once every 2-3 months now. It's really bad. So, I was chatting with my friend who said that she had "hacked" her Swiffer refill and put Thieves cleaner in it instead! *Tell me more* She said that she had put it in boiling water for 30 seconds and then the cap twisted off. I had to try it out for myself! So I boiled some water and dunked the refill in there for 30 seconds. Nothing happened. I tried it again. Nothing.
So, I poured that water into a mug and set the refill in there. I set the timer for two minutes and came back to try again. Nothing.
Then I realized that I might need some resistance. So I found a fat rubber band to tie around the lid.
Voila! Success! (I discovered later that if you are super strong *like my hubby* you can skip the boiling step and just twist the lid off with the rubber band on the lid!) I then rinsed out the bottle with the boiling water, then put a couple drops of soap and shook it up and rinsed it out until all the soap was gone. Then, I filled it up almost full with water.
I then put three caps of Thieves Household Cleaner in the refill. I decided to use three caps because I deduced that there was about 80 caps worth of water in the refill and, according to the chart on the back of the cleaner, using 3 caps would = heavy degreaser. I figured the floor needed a strong cleaner. I put the lid back on and put the refill back in the Swiffer Wet Jet. I was totally out of the pads, so I got a washcloth and folded it like so:
This allows for the jets to still spray the liquid from the container. I used a rubber band on each side to hold the washcloth in place.
Here's what the floor looked like prior to me mopping it:
Look! The sprayer works! Yay!
Here's what the washcloth looks like after I'm done:
Here's what the floor looks like after I mopped it:
Much better, but it's still streaky. I realized that it needed some vinegar. Thankfully, I was able to get the lid of by using the fat rubber band again, instead of having to boil the lid again. I added 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar to the mixture.
Then I mopped again:
Much much better! I'm happy with it considering it took a LOT less effort to mop the entire floor twice than it would have to mop it once the way I was doing it before! Now I can mop more often than once every three months and not have to break my back or sacrifice my family's health. I'm a happy camper! Until next time,
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