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I was looking at my once-shiny-and-new hardwood floors in my home the other day thinking about how badly I needed to clean them. It was, after all, long over due. The only apprehension I was really having was the gross feeling I had about using chemicals to that degree so close to the air I breathe. Yes, my floors needed to be seriously and deeply cleaned. However, I had to think of a new way to clean my floors. And so I did.

On a sort of whim, I combined some ingredients I already had around the house. Using products that I already have in my home is one of my favorite past times. Not only does it save me money in the long run, but it also is greener because it decreases the use of packaging for other, newer materials. Here's what I came up with and, to be honest, I can't believe how well it cleaned my floors. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it looked (and smelled) better than ever after using these products.

Lemony Eco-Friendly Floor Cleaner Recipe

1 gallon water 3/4 cups olive oil 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol /2 cup lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a giant bucket.

I used this formula the same way that I would use any other cleaning formula on my floors and the result was amazing! The next time you need to do some intense cleaning around your house, consider the potential ingredients that you already have lying around!

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