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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

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Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Dec 05 2014 :  6:51:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've officially given up the Swiffer wet cloths for mopping my floors. While they were convenient, they were not a good choice for my family. The Going Green project encouraged me to find an alternative and I'm so glad I have. Now I use the microfiber mop head that flylady.net sells. I keep the microfiber cloths in a cleaning solution and they are easy to pull out, snap on and use. Plus, I can wash and reuse so no more waste from the single use cloths.
http://estleschippfarm.blogspot.com/2014/12/farmgirl-friday-maryjanesfarm-going.html




Thank you MJF for encouraging me to clean my home with things I can pronounce!



If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Dec 05 2014 :  7:40:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations on going green. I have a swiffer and I once met a woman who made pads for them from alpaca wool that you could wash--I'd love to get some but I haven't seen her since and I lost her contact information. I keep hoping I'll run across her again. I do buy reusable paper towels for a dollar for a pack of six--they can be used up to thirty or forty times before I have to throw them away. And you can cut them to whatever size you want. I still use regular paper towels for soaking up grease (it's not a good idea to use rags to soak up grease--if you wash them, they can cause a fire in the dryer if there's still grease on them). I use white vinegar for lots of things. And baking soda. Just used it tonight to clean a skillet that had burned on crud. I get the largest box I can find. I'll have to check out Flylady's website.
Cindy

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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
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Posted - Dec 05 2014 :  8:15:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats! Your idea of keeping several soaking in a container and ready to go is great....very efficient.

Keep going and share more ideas with us.

One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt."
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countrymommy85
True Blue Farmgirl

898 Posts

Krystle
MT
USA
898 Posts

Posted - Dec 08 2014 :  07:30:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Star-letta, do you think you can use this recipe for old wood floors?

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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Dec 08 2014 :  11:36:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Krystle,

I don't have hardwood floors *yet* but in my reading it looks like a good cleaner for wood would be 1 gallon of water with 1 tablespoon castile soap, 1/8 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup brewed tea. Use the mopping cloth only slightly damp. You can add the essential oils too for fragrance.


Test in a small spot to be sure it works well. Let me know what you think!

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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countrymommy85
True Blue Farmgirl

898 Posts

Krystle
MT
USA
898 Posts

Posted - Dec 15 2014 :  1:49:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, thanks! I'll give it a try after Christmas.... With all the foot traffic before then I don't want to create extra work by having to scrub the floors more than I need too ;) haha

Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee. ~Author Unknown

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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Dec 15 2014 :  5:41:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krystle - let me know what you think after you try it. :)

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3130 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3130 Posts

Posted - Nov 29 2015 :  11:56:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love this floor cleaner mixture! I will work perfect with the mop that I use. Thank you for sharing. Since its Christmas time it would be nice to add some Christmas Essential Oil smells.

Krista
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