This DIY is really simple.
It costs more up front but I’m confident it will be cheaper and safer in the long run.
Shortly after adopting Lulu I realized I didn’t feel so comfortable using chemicals to clean the floor. She is walking around in her bare paws and often sniffing and sometimes licking the floor. Who knows what is in tile cleaner? Not me. I didn’t think it sounded safe. So I started looking into options for having greener floors in our living space. Plus I kind of hate mopping and wanted something easier and less demanding on my back.
I took it to Facebook where the overwhelming response was to purchase a steam cleaner. After doing a measurable amount of research I decided to use the Eureka Enviro Steamer to clean the floors. I purchased it on Amazon.com for about $60. Editor’s Note: This mop is currently not available on Amazon, but the Shark Steam Pocket Mop is a comparable product and only $50.)
So far it’s been working really well. We have all hardwood and tile floors. I vacuum rugs usually once or twice a week. Then I’ve been using the steam mop about once a week. In between I still use Swiffer Sweeper Dry Sweeping Cloths to pick up dust and dry debris. I wish the steam mop had come with more pads and a more sturdy tray, but otherwise I have no complaints. It heats up really fast. I work the floors quickly so it doesn’t take very long to clean and the water usually lasts 15-minutes.
The tile cleaner was pitched. I think the steam mop will continue to work well long-term. If I ever encounter a spill that needs something tougher than hot water I will mop the tile floors with a vinegar/water solution, which I’ve read works well and is obviously inexpensive.
Right now I’m still up in the air as to how I will replace or do without a few other floor items: Murphy’s Oil Soap (to condition the wood), Goo Gone Degreaser Spray (used to remove heel/shoe scuff marks) and Pine Sol (formerly used on the tiles). I might just pitch them all too.