Having a toddler around, my floors do not stay clean for long. Within two minutes of having my precious hardwood swept and mopped to a sparkly shine, my little darling can turn them into a Picasso masterpiece of smushed cheese, marker drawings, splattered milk, and the dreaded potty-training accident.
This means that mopping the floors now is more necessary than ever before. However, I hate mopping. Simply despise it, really.
Or rather, I did.
My old routine consisted if hauling my mop and bucket upstairs to fill up in the tub (the only faucet with enough room beneath to fit the bucket under), mixing up some cleaner in the water, and carefully lugging the heavy, full bucket down the stairs while trying not to splash cleaner all over the place.
Then came the actual mopping. I used one of those mops with a head that you could pretend was a long, unruly wig of hair. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it started it get on my nerves. After one mop it was left looking so dirty, like I had used it for months already to mop up my muddy driveway. Even with a ton of rinsing and swishing, the mop made me feel as if it was making my floors dirtier than they were in the first place.
Another problem I had with this way of mopping was the drying out. It might not seem like a huge deal, but I wasn’t a fan of rinsing out my mop and trying to carefully place it in my bathtub, dirty mop-head up, so that it could dry out. This task was something reminiscent of trying to convince a tantrumming toddler to stay up-right, rather than thrashing about all limp, yet still wiggly, on the floor of the supermarket – not an easy situation.
All in all, mopping this way put an even bigger hamper on my unmotivated ways of lazy housekeeping.
Beyond my laziness, there was one more thing keeping me from shining up my floors on a regular basis. Cleaners tend to be laden with all kinds of nasty chemicals that are toxic (thus the “Keep out of reach of children” and “DANGER!” labels written all over them). If I’m supposed to keep them away from my child, why would I rub them all over the very floor that rolls all over, crawls on, and licks all day long? Even now, while she’s been a confidently walking toddler for nearly a year, she is up close and personal with our floors most of the day. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel more comfortable with her being exposed to dirt than toxic cleaner residue.
Finally, I came to a point where I said enough was enough. (This may have been about the point where I realized that the dumping of food onto the floor was only going to get worse, not better, as she grew.) I needed to be able to quickly, easily, and safely clean my floors. But how?
Since I have been dabbling with essential oils and their many incredible uses, I turned to an essential oil forum and asked about using these snazzy little gifts of nature to make my own cleaner. I found that many people were using them regularly with nothing but positive reviews. I decided I would make the leap and start mixing up my own DIY hardwood floor cleaner (similar to my DIY Lemon Kitchen Cleaner) from then on.
But how to properly utilize the new non-toxic floor cleaner? I wanted to switch up my maddening mopping method as well. Since I’d been admiring the apparent ease of some slim and light little mopping tools with built in sprays and disposable pads to keep your floors sparkling clean, I started searching online for something similar that would suit my needs, but would fulfill my desire for eco-friendly living.
My criteria? Mops I would accept would have flat, removable and washable pads, decent scrubbing power, slim design for my small-space storage, include spraying capabilities with a refillable canister for adding my own DIY hardwood floor cleaner, and be an economical cost.
When I found the VILEDA PROMIST Spray Mop, it fit all my mopping criteria, so I ordered it and patiently waited for it to arrive.
Okay, perhaps “patiently” isn’t exactly true. You see, as I settle into motherhood and my age keeps counting up, I’ve been noticing that different kinds of things excite me now than what used to.
I eagerly awaited the delivery of my longed-for new cleaning tool, the mop that would make all my past mops seem far inferior to it, and when it finally came I actually squealed a little bit. Who knew housekeeping could ever be so thrilling to me??
My toddler seemed to be pretty impressed with the new purchase, too, and took to using it immediately out of the package. She’s an amazing little helper, and I get her to help out in a lot of ways around the house. Hopefully this love of chores carries through to her teen years. Do you think there’s any chance of that?
Before actually using the mop, I had to mix up a cleaning solution to put in the spray canister. Here’s what I put in the mixture, using this recipe from Clean Mama to guide me. I am concocting and trying out a bunch of different floor cleaner mixes using different ingredients, so stay tuned for a future post with a variety of recipes.
DIY Non-Toxic Hardwood Floor Cleaner for Mops
3 tsp white vinegar
2 cups water
4 drops lemon pure essential oil (I doubled what she suggested as I found that wasn’t enough)
*Caution* When using essential oils on your hardwood, you may want to test them on a small, out-of-the-way spot first, just in case your concentration is too high and causes any stripping of the varnish, as essential oils can break down synthetic materials. It never hurts to play it safe and give a quick test.
I’ve been loving this new way of cleaning my floors. Both the mop and the cleaner work wonderfully. My floors look all clean and shiny, the cleaner smells refreshing rather than like chemicals, and it is soooo easy to quickly grab the mop, spritz the floor and wipe away messes in a matter of moments. I shed no tears over the blissful goodbye to my tedious floor-cleaning methods and mops of the past.
If you’re considering purchasing the mop, I’d recommend grabbing some extra mop pads. These are durable, deep-cleaning microfiber pads that are washable up to 100 times.
Since I’m so happy with the cleaning power of essential oils, especially lemon, I want to offer you the chance to try it out, on me. Enter below for a chance to win one (1) 15-ml bottle (about 240 drops) of certified pure lemon essential oil from my favourite supplier, who sources their products ethically from countries around the world, where the specific plants grow natively. I’d also encourage you to check out my previous post on what’s in my essential oil collection and how I use each one. Essential oils can be very versatile, especially lemon. Here is a post by Stephanie Blue that includes suggestions for 22 ways you can use lemon oil, if you want to open your horizons beyond cleaners.
Giveaway open to Canadian residents aged 18+ only, please.
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