High-traffic rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, I've found, should be mopped once a week to keep them in fine form. Meanwhile, less frequently visited areas such as dining rooms, guest rooms, and sitting rooms can be mopped monthly and dusted and vacuumed once a week. For spills in the kitchen, keep paper towels and a spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner or a soap solution on hand for a quick fix.
In the classic musical Annie there's a great line imitating Miss Hannigan during the "Hard-Knock Life" number that I always think of when I'm mopping the house:"You'll stay up until this floor shines like the top of the Chrysler Building." The image of how that landmark sparkles in the skyline is actually a great motivator for me. But, sadly, the plot, which involves the hard labor of orphans, isn't the nicest thing. But, it turns out that there is a trick to making your floors sparkle just so, and it has nothing to do with child labor or actually mopping.
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Yesterday we all celebrated Labor Day, which makes me think of doing some labor intensive housework. Then there is the other kind of labor, childbirth and the activities that lead to pregnancy. I decided to do a little compare and contrast quiz between these drastically different methods of getting domestic. I want to know which burns more calories getting down and dirty or mopping / vacuuming your dirty floors.
If this doesn't make mopping the floors look like a darn good time, then I don't know what will. The shades, the neck brace, the barking insanity— it's a far cry from Disneyland, but hey, there's always air guitar! And Momma Grinch here makes an entertaining drill sergeant, no?
Weekends are when I get the majority of my house cleaning done. You know, the big jobs like mopping the floors. I like to send my husband to the park with the girls when I do this, not because I use a toxic cleaner that might hurt my loved ones (and my own) lungs. I just don't want them to muck up the floors I just mopped with vinegar.
Well not straight up vinegar, I dilute it of course, about ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a gallon of water. This is a safe way to clean hardwood, laminate or tile floors. It is safe for the floors and for you! Studies have shown that 5% solution of vinegar (straight out of the store-bought bottle) kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). Plus it is not toxic! The smell dissipates much more quickly than Lysol or other cleaners.
Some people add a little dish soap or peppermint into their solution, but I go for the simple mixture and mop to my hearts content. Try it!!!