Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dirty Floors

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OH MY GOODNESS My eyes were opened this morning and it was not pretty! 

We have been getting a lot of questions about floor cleaners and if we had any cheap/homemade/all natural recipes to share. I will admit I am a Swiffer wet jet fan, I love the pads that I just throw away and no need to clean up after cleaning. I know I know expensive but I am still trying to use up my refills. Awhile ago I saw on pinterest how to refill a wet jet bottle. I got pretty excited about this because I could save money by using my own soap and just purchase the pads. 

 Well this morning I cleaned my floors with my Swiffer wet jet and used the last of my all purpose Swiffer solution. So it was time to try to refill. 

The solution I made
Floor Cleaner 
1 cup of vinegar 
2 tablespoons of Castile soap 
2 liters of warm water



Now to refill your Swiffer wet jet solution bottle.
Run the white cap under hot water until it loosens up enough for you to twist off (about 30 secs).
Pour new solution in the bottle.
Return cap.
Yes, it is that easy. 

Ok now onto the eyes opening part...
I wash my kitchen floor every week and every week I go through one Swiffer pad and it is dirty but not black dirty. See image below, pad on top is from washing my floor with the Swiffer solution this morning. 



After refilling my bottle I thought I would try it out on the floor and see if it got any more dirt. Now the bottom three Swiffer pads are the pads I went through while cleaning my floor this morning for a SECOND time with my new solution. YUCK, I had no clue my floors were not coming clean and were still that dirty after cleaning them. They did not look dirty at all (so I thought). EYE'S opened!! So, I think my new solution for cleaning floors works. :) I will break down the cost and give it to you later I was just so excited and grossed out about this and had to share it right away!


*********** Price Break Down**************
The most expensive item is the Dr. Bronner Liquid Castile Soap (Cheapest place I found it is HERE)
Castile Soap 1oz is $.46
Vinegar $.04
So that is a total of $.50 for 2 liters (2 refills)
2 Pack Swiffer wet jet solution $9.42
That is a savings of $8.92!!!


Happy Cleaning!
Jeanne

69 comments:

  1. I love all of your homemade cleaning solutions!! Can't wait to try this one!

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  2. I recently decided to try making my own cleaning products when I found your blog on pinterest. So far I have made my own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, daily shower cleaner and Fabreeze. I am in love. I can honestly say this is one of the best decisions I have made.
    Keep up the great work.

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  3. Where do you get the.Castile soap?

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    1. You can purchase it on Amazon

      http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bronner-Citrus-Castile-Liquid/dp/B001AOZ78A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1344795124&sr=8-2&keywords=castile+soap

      Or I have found it in the Natural Hair care area in Meijers. (Amazon was cheaper by $1.50 in my area)

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    2. for anyone else looking for it, I found it in the beauty section at target! =)

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    3. Everything at Meijers is more expensive than anywhere else...

      In my area, Meijers is referred to as "The Rich Man's Store" as the prices are ridiculously high,

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  4. Do you have a natural cleanser for finished hardwood floors? Thanks!

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    1. http://www.buildingitonpennies.com/2012/08/hardwood-floors.html

      Here is a post on hardwood floors

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  5. Yes that is my question . Will it work on hardwood floors??? Thank you !

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    1. http://www.buildingitonpennies.com/2012/08/hardwood-floors.html

      Here is a post on hardwood floors.

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  6. cosmeu.com website has the castile soap on sale for $9.67 a bottle. Just FYI....thanks for the great idea!!!

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  7. I was at Trader Joe's today and saw they carry that soap. Sorry don't remember the price.

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  8. When I don't have the pads for my swiffer, I get the cheap wash cloths from Walmart. Usually a dollar or two for a pack of 10. Then I use them on my swiffer and then throw them in the washer. Money saved and problem solved!

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    1. that's what i have always used is cheap washcloths for my chores...works out great

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  9. Can't wait to try all of your solutions.
    Budget is tight.

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  10. Can you use this with a mop?

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    1. Yes, I used it on a rag the other day and worked great!

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    2. how do u get rag to stay on? thanks

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    3. i put a rubber band around each end. Works OK.

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  11. Walgreens and Target carry the castile soap.

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  12. Do you have to rinse after since it has soap, or just wipe on like the swiffer?

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    1. Hi Laura, No I do not rinse. I just spray it on and wipe it off with my swiffer wet jet.

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  13. hi i live in pakistan and i don't think i know what castille soap is...got a substitute for that or is that necessary?

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    1. Cas·tile soap
      noun
      fine, hard white or mottled soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide.
      (copied from Google search)

      Here is a FAQ on this soap & how/where to get it regardless of where you live.

      https://www.drbronner.com/customer-service/faqs/

      Hope this helps.

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  14. I love using my swiffer, but I also use the cheap wash rags at walmart. They work better then the swiffer sheets. I usally hang them on the side of a disignated basket until dry and wait til I have several for a load.

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  15. On the Amazon.com page for Dr. Bronner's soap, a suggested substitute was Dr. Woods soap. It is also found at Amazon.com and seems much cheaper.

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  16. Does this work with the Shark steam cleaner? Would I just spray it on the floor and steam over it?

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  17. Just made two gallons of laundry detergent (1st load in), and 1 gallon of fabric softener. Can't wait to see

    I also made two batches of the dishwasher detergent, and will be using vinegar for rinse aid, first load tonight

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  18. I'm amazed that someone who is pinching pennies would use throw away swifter pads ... expensive not to mention bad for the environment. You can buy microfibre fabric, cut it up to fit your Swifter and then change pads while you're washing ... pop the pads in the washing machine to reuse.

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  19. I used Dawn instead of the Castile soap, and it worked great!

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  20. Question,.... I made the floor cleaner, and the soap separated from the vinegar & warm water. Is it supposed to do that?

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    1. I noticed when mine was cold it separated too. I just shook it before every use and had no problems.

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  21. Does this work for hardwood floors as well?

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    1. Heather, I do not have hardwood floors so I can not say but we do have another post with soaps and suggestions for hardwood floors. Please check it out.

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  22. That's gross! I hate to see what my floors look like after trying this homemade cleanser! Lol.
    Do you have any idea on how to make reusable Swiffer Wet Jet pads? Because the pads are more expensive then the solution out here and if I can save on both, that would be spectacular!

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    1. in my area, the dollar tree store sells cheap wash cloths...
      measure the pad on the swiffer(the thing the sheets connect to) and see if you can find some washcloths a wee bit bigger than that.

      when they wear out, toss them to the trash!

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  23. can someone tell me how to get the rags to stay on the swifter? I want to start using wash rags but can not get them to stay on! Thanks

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    1. I have a stack of old wash cloths that I use. I place the Swiffer head in the middle of the cloth and bring the two ends together at the handle. I then use clothes pins to hold the ends together.

      Wash cloths work with the plain Swiffer mop, as well. You simply pull the cloth tight across the bottom and tuck the cloth into those gripper slots on the top.

      I also use the clothes pin and wash cloth method with the Mr. Clean bathroom shower and floor mop that is shaped like a flat football. Works like a charm!

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    2. if there is velcro on the mop head, you may need to get creative...
      creative meaning find a cloth the velcro will stick to(such as microfiber cloths) or sew velcro to the cloths...

      I do not have this problem as mine has them round gripper things on the mop head....

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  24. If you take microfiber washcloth fold it in half sew it down in the middle & the edge you will have a reusable Swiffer pad. You do not need anything to keep it down, the first pass it is kind off loose but once it gets wet it stays on. I bought 2 microfiber pads at the dollar store for $1 so 2 pads cost me $1.

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  25. Vinegar is really bad in the long run for your grout. The acid will eventually eat away at it and will chip away.

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    1. The vinegar here is quite diluted and tile grout would take a long time before you saw any breakdown due to the vinegar acidity (if at all).

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    2. vinegar is, in my opinion, the king of natural cleaners.
      I have vinyl flooring so I use it straight(full strength)....
      for all my other cleaning needs, I dilute as needed to get the best results.

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  26. I just bought a Swiffer-style (O-cedar) mop at Walmart that has a refillable sprayer that isn't battery powered, and a washable cloth pad for $20. I will definitely use this formula in this mop, which works great and saves on batteries and disposable pads.

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    1. I used to own one of them battery operated mops & I hated it big time....they have a design flaw that allows moisture/cleaner to get to the batteries & cause them to corrode.

      I vowed to never ever buy another battery operated mop.

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  27. what is castile soap i have never heard of it

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    1. Cas·tile soap
      noun
      fine, hard white or mottled soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide.
      (copied from Google search)

      Here is a FAQ on this soap & how/where to get it regardless of where you live.

      https://www.drbronner.com/customer-service/faqs/

      Hope this helps.

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  28. sad to see all the spamming in your comments section! great tips for home made cleaning solutions! found your from pinterest!

    Maybe you should add a "captcha" so the spamming stops?

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  29. I have tried and tried to get the white swiffer cap off the bottle. No use, Any other ideas I can try? Thanks

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    1. All I did was soak mine in HOT HOT water and it twisted off. I have seen other people on pinterest say the same thing. Hope this helps.

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    2. Use a separate spray bottle and spray as you go. I do this with the plain Swiffer mop, when I just need a quick clean-up.

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    3. I had the same problem! I ended up using one of the slip proof oven pads (like you use on stuck jars) to twist it and it came right off

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    4. sometimes you just need a wee bit of leverage....
      leverage as in a pair of channel locks to get a better grip or something similar....

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  30. Can this be used for an all purpose cleaner too?!

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    1. in my home, vinegar alone is an all purpose cleaner...now when you add Castile Soap to the mix....think of hunting rabbits with a cannon....LOL
      dirt, germs, & any bad bacterium does not have a prayer....

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  31. How long will this last stored?

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  32. If you don't like buying the pads, the re-useable pads for the O' cedar Pro mist fit the Swiffer head.

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    1. TY!!
      This is something I did not know.... 8 0 D

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  33. castile soap at a great price:

    https://www.vitacostrewards.com/I66hKrE

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  34. Due to the expense of the pads, a friend of mine uses dusting clothes. Wet them in the sink, slap them on the Swiffer, mop...rinse and repeat.

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  35. I bought the shark steamer pads on ebay for $20 and they are reuseable, just wash in the washer

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