DIY Wall Cleaner and Cleaning Tips (1/10)

Stick it to grime, stains and scuffs with our ultimate do-it-yourself guide to floor cleaning and DIY wall cleaner.

1. DIY Cleaner for Floors

1. DIY Cleaner for Floors

Clean a wooden floor with herbal tea? You can with this DIY cleaner, as long as it’s combined with a few other ingredients. The tannic acid in some herbs – in this case, peppermint – attacks dirt without damaging the finish of the floor. Wring the mop several times as you clean; letting the floor get too wet could warp the floorboards.

Pep-it-Up Floor Wash

To make the peppermint tea good and strong, use 6 tea bags to 1 litre water and let the tea steep for at least 2–3 hours.

1 litre water
6 peppermint tea bags
1 litre white vinegar
2 tablespoons baby oil
1 teaspoon washing-up liquid

In a large saucepan, boil 1 litre water, remove from heat and add 6 peppermint tea bags. Let steep for 2 hours. Pour the tea into a mop bucket and add vinegar, baby oil and washing-up liquid. Stir with a large spoon to mix. Dip a clean mop into the solution, wring or squeeze it out and mop away.

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