How to make your own neutral PH floor cleaners
Many floor surfaces can collect a residue from cleaning products that can dull the appearance of the flooring. By using a cleaner with a neutral pH, you can eliminate the film development, leaving floors looking their best.
Several retail cleaners contain a neutral pH, but these can be costly items that push us toward looking for a homemade alternative.
Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1/4 cup of a pH-neutral liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Swish a mop in the solution to agitate the ingredients until suds form. Dish detergent is one of the most common pH-neutral cleaners, and works perfectly for floors.
Dip a mop in this cleaner, then wring out excess water. Less water means less residue, and fewer water spots that can dry onto the floor.
- Many floor surfaces can collect a residue from cleaning products that can dull the appearance of the flooring.
- By using a cleaner with a neutral pH, you can eliminate the film development, leaving floors looking their best.
Mop over the floors in large, even strokes. Concentrate on areas with heavy dirt and build-up, and also mop over the floors several times if this is the first time using a pH-neutral cleaner, to remove any residue from past cleaning products.
Dry by hand with paper towels, or let the floor air-dry.
Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in a bucket. Distilled white vinegar also works well as a pH-neutral cleaner, plus has an added disinfectant element, perfect for kitchen and bathroom floors.
Dip a mop in the solution, and agitate the water to blend the ingredients. Pull the mop out of the solution, and wring out excess water.
- Mop over the floors in large, even strokes.
- Dry by hand with paper towels, or let the floor air-dry.
Mop over the floors as needed to remove all dirt and debris, then let air-dry or dry by hand with paper towels or a dry mop.
- Also use either of these solutions as an all-purpose cleaning solution that will clean countertops, sinks, and other surfaces without leaving a film behind.
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