Pet-Safe Hardwood floor cleaner was a must. With this little guy coming home with us on Saturday, there is no WAY I’m putting poisonous cleaning chemicals on my floors. Here is the recipe I use for our hard woods. I spray a fine mist and immediately wipe with a micro-fiber mop. The alcohol ensures rapid evaporation. Very little moisture on the floors and cleans like crazy!
You can play with the proportions. I’ve seen recipes with a lot less vinegar if you are concerned about that. Change the essential oils depending what you want. For general cleaning you can add lemon or eucalyptus oil which is a great flea repellent. For winter you can add Tea Tree Oil for it’s anti-bacterial properties. The highly diluted EO’s are extremely pet safe for pups, but not recommended for cats. PLEASE SHARE!

Lemon essential oil

Made by cold pressing the rind of fresh lemons, lemon essential oil smells intoxicatingly like a fresh, ripe lemon. Add a few drops to your favorite homemade cleaners to infuse the scent of lemon throughout your home. It will give your home that distinct Pine-Sol lemon smell without any of the nasty chemicals. Lemon essential oil can also help brighten and remove stains. Add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors, or use it with your homemade laundry detergent to brighten white clothes.

Peppermint essential oil

With its refreshing minty scent and powerful antibacterial properties, peppermint essential oil is a perfect complement to homemade cleaning products. Add a few drops to your favorite homemade spray cleaners and spritz the mixture on areas that need particular antibacterial attention, like bathrooms and kitchens. As an added bonus, peppermint also acts as a natural pest deterrent.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix your essential oils to create aromatic blends. Peppermint mixes especially well with other essential oils popular for cleaning, including lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary.

Tea tree essential oil

Made from the Australian Melaleuca tree, tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew

and mold around the house. Simply mix two teaspoons tea tree oil with two cups water in a spray bottle. Then, spritz the mixture on moldy or mildewy areas, like showers. Don’t rinse off the mixture. Let it work away at those yucky substances. You can also use this spray anywhere that has a musty smell.

Tea tree can add a lovely, medicinal smell to your cleaning products. Add a few drops to a bucket of soapy water before you mop your floor to permeate its distinctive scent throughout your home. Or, add several drops to your favorite homemade laundry detergent to give your clothes a fresh, therapeutic scent.