Clean a wooden floor with herbal tea? You can, 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.