It’s a given that on the market dozens of commercial detergents for every cleaning purpose compete for your pretty penny and while I do acknowledge that every detergent I’ve used for my hardwood floor has successfully removed dirt and stains, I can’t say that it’s healthy to rely on chemistry for every single bit of cleaning.
If you have small children that love to crawl, you will not want them to lick their hands once they have been in contact with the dried chemical residue on the floor. Furthermore, constantly treating a natural material with chemicals dries it up and subsequently damages the surface. This something that even professional cleaners NW3 teams have shared with me, when I have employed cleaning services in the past.
This is why I’ve taken to some environmentally friendly solutions to clean my hardwood floors with and can’t say that I’m complaining. The first and most effective recipe that I have used is to pour in a container with cold water, white vinegar and fresh lemon juice. The vinegar will deal with stains and dirt, while the lemon will imbue the wood with a refreshing citrus smell. When I get bored with the smell of lemon, I substitute it with an essential oil of my choice.
The second recipe I’ve learned from one of the cleaners NW3 teams have used to some success is to brew a pot of tea and leave it so that it becomes completely cold. Mix the tea with lemon juice and rub it in the floor. The thing that you have to beware is not to soak the cloth, but simply dampen it. Also, never mix the tea with sugar or honey or anything else. You will not drink it, but clean with it so you don’t want it to stick to the floor.