Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Works for Me Wednesday... "Green" Tile Cleaner!
I've got a few things working for me these past few weeks (and a few not...) but here's one I'm very excited to share with you, because it not only works great, it's eco-friendly!!
We have a farmhouse table in our kitchen with a white tiletop. Not my first choice, but it was a hand-me-down, so we welcomed it with open arms. The table has two leaves which we always have in, and we have a farmhouse bench to go alongside for the kids. I love the fact that it's made of sturdy oak, but the tile...I'm not a fan. It's very difficult to clean and keep clean. I'm an advocate of white vinegar and baking soda, but that would always leave a streaky film and wouldn't get everything out of the crevices of the grout. (I know y'all are thinking "use a tablecloth!!" but we've gone that route and with constant spills, stains, and our entire meals ending up on the floor courtesy of a certain three year old that thought of each tablecloth as his superhero cape...it just wasn't "working for us"!!)
So for the longest time I was a fan of SoftScrub. It was the only cleanser that got it sparkling white, and wiped clean. I hated the smell and the fact that it was so toxic to our indoor air. While I grew tired of the thought of another day of baking soda and vinegar, I had an epiphany of sorts... Dishwasher detergent gets my dishes all sparkly, the "graininess" of the powder acts like a scouring powder...why wouldn't it work? And, the best thing....I use Seventh Generation all-natural, chlorine-free dishwasher detergent...so it's green!
I've found my new solution, folks! The table came out brand, spankin' new. With a damp dishrag or paper towel, sprinkle about a tablespoon of detergent on your tile surface, and scrub away! I know some even have tiletop counters in their kitchen. This would work great! I haven't tried it in a bathroom yet, but seeing the results I had on my tiletop table, I don't see why it wouldn't work as beautifully. I'm sure it would even make a great scourer for the toilet, too! If you have any experience with this, let me know!!
Check out other Cleaning Tips at Works For Me Wednesday!