Let's explore some common surfaces & how to clean them with natural DIY products that won’t damage your health & environment let alone your floor!



WOODEN FLOORS


Generally, you are cleaning the 'seal' that covers the wood & not the wood directly. Try & avoid water as much as possible & if you do use it, spray lightly & wipe dry immediately. 


Don’t use anything too high or low on the pH scale, that means any of our alkali ingredients & definitely not vinegar, the aim is to try and get as close the pH neutral as possible.

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Dust/sweep only

Using a spray bottle lightly mist Vodka onto area & wipe immediately
with DRY mop or cloth

Make a solution of 50% Vodka, 25% Hydrogen Peroxide & 25% water. Using a spray bottle or wooden floor mop lightly mist & wipe with clean dry mop

STONE/ GRANITE/ CONCRETE


Avoid anything acidic like citric acid, vinegar & citrus essential oils as this can etch the stones porous surfaces. You really need to clean spills right away & maintain with simple soap & water solutions.


Use the Damp Mopping Technique by simply using HOT water in your bucket & nothing else BUT most importantly make sure you squeeze any excess water from your mop before using it.

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Apply the Damp Mopping Technique but can be cheeky and add non-citrus essential oil for fragrance & disinfecting(tip – Eucalyptus is great)

Add 1-2 tablespoons of Organic Liquid Castile Soap or 1-2 teaspoon of Organic Coconut Soap Flakes to your bucket & make sure mop is damp not wet when using.

Add a bit more power to your mop bucket by adding either 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide or 1 tablespoon of Crystal Clear Percarbonate. You can also add 5-10 drops of non-citrus essential oils to help remove any grease/grime.

PVC/ LINO/ VINYL


Like wood, you don't want anything to acidic or too alkali that can ruin the 'seals' & you don't want too much water, as it will leave hard water stains making your floor look dirty. 


Warm (not hot) water is best. It can take a bit of mild soap if the job is tougher but try remove any dust first.

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Dust/sweep or use a dry mop to remove any dust. You can Damp Mop with WARM (not hot!!) water

Add 1 tablespoon of Organic Liquid Castile Soap to your bucket & make sure mop is damp, not soaking wet when using. Use warm not hot water.

Use a combination of 1-2 tablespoons of Organic Liquid Castile Soap & 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide to a mop bucket with warm water. Make sure you remove excess water from mop before using.

CERAMIC TILES


The most durable & versatile of all coverings & can come in many shapes, forms & sizes. Usually requires something 'alaki' to deep clean but vinegar makes a great shiner!  


Problem is tiles = grout so check out some grout cleaning solutions HERE in our recipe hub.

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Dust/sweep or use a dry mop to remove any dust. You can Damp Mop with WARM (not hot!!) water

INSTEAD of Vinegar use 1-2 tablespoons of Organic Liquid Castile Soap or 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Coconuts Soap Flakes diluted in a mop bucket of hot/boiling water. You can add essential oils too.

In your mop bucket combine 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Soap Flakes, 1 tablespoon Crystal Clear Percarbonate (or 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide) with BOILING/REALLY HOT water. Add essential oils like citrus/eucalyptus for even more strength & natural fragrance. 

* You may want to follow this through with a vinegar rinse. First empty & rinse your mop bucket, refill will boiling water & 1/2 cup vinegar. Then mop again making sure your mop is only damp not wet.

CARPETS & RUGS


Its very important to always refer to the care instructions for your type of carpet. Remember to DAB gently when removing a stain & don't rub vigorously into the carpet as this may spread the dirt & make a bigger mark. 


Always complete a small test patch first in an inconspicuous area.  

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Mix 1/4-1/2 cup Bicarb with essential oils of your choice. Spread very lightly over your carpets/rugs. Let sit for 15 minutes & then vacuum

You can try either one of these solutions, however, DO NOT mix them together1) a solution of Castile Soap & Water. You can even mix with stick blender to make a foam2) a solution of vinegar & water- Just get a small cup/bowl & mix what you need

Consult a professional for advice

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