Our country homestead — a work-in-progress as ever — has many unfinished projects. The building process was completed a few years ago, but we still have a few finishing touches left, such as a paved walkway to our front door. As you can imagine, what with all of the chicken and garden work, there's a lot of mud around, and some invariably gets tracked into the house on a daily basis. 😉
It's difficult to maintain a clean floor, even though I planned for this and chose to have cement floors laid down when we built our house. This past spring, after a series of unexpected snowstorms followed by rain, my floor was a mess.
Well, I'm not going to sacrifice cleanliness just to own and operate a homestead. So, what to do?
Instead of popping over to the store for a conventional cleaner, I whipped up my own DIY All Purpose Pine Cleaner, inspired by a recipe in this book.
In an afternoon, my floor was clean and smelled of fresh pine.
Not only are the ingredients familiar and easy-to-find, the recipe is quick and gets the job done!
DIY All Purpose Pine Cleaner
- 32 ounces pure water hot
- 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid castile soap such as Dr. Bronner's, see note below
- 6 drops pine or fir needle essential oil feel free to use more or less
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil feel free to use more or less
Mix well and store in a spray bottle.
I spray the solution directly onto the floor and use my microfiber mop.
No rinsing was needed.
Liquid castile soap (named after Castile, Spain — a region known for its olive oil) is an ingredient commonly used in homemade cleaners and some toiletries. It is a soap made from vegetable oils like palm, coconut, and olive. While it is available scented, I prefer to use a mild, unscented variety and add my own scent if necessary.
Have you tried making any of your own household cleaners? How about a DIY All Purpose Pine Cleaner? Feel free to share a recipe or a link in the comments!
just 15 minutes of hands-on time!
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