With an increasing global consciousness related to keeping the environment clean, more and more people around the world are opting for green products. This is true, especially in our homes. Rather than going for strong chemicals and bleaches that leave harmful marks on the air around us and consequently on the environment, there is a growing awareness that we can keep our homes clean using natural remedies.

Back in the day, our grandmothers didn’t have fancy chemicals to clean with, yet their homes smelled fresh and were immaculately clean. How did they do this and can we achieve the same results? The answer is an easy ‘yes’!

There are natural ingredients in our homes that we use almost daily that we barely think twice about. Yet, these items can help keep your home fresh and clean in an eco-friendly manner. Yes, we’re talking about vinegar and particularly about cleaning your floor tiles with this product. This solution applies for porcelain tiles and we can guarantee that your tiles will be fresh and clean, and most importantly you’ll be doing this in an environmentally friendly way. So put aside your floor tile cleaner and get ready to make your own solution for a fresh-smelling and bacteria-free kitchen and bathroom.


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Why you can clean your floors with vinegar?

Vinegar. You might not have given much thought to this old staple in your home but it is a natural and non-toxic substance. What’s more important for your pets and children is that it is a safe product, too.

It has a very distinct smell but it is not overwhelming and harmful. Moreover, it safely deodorises, disinfects and cleans most hard surfaces. When you think of the porcelain tiles in your bathroom or kitchen, this is the perfect solution for you. Why? Because it can clean very effectively without the harsh fumes that are present in most modern tile cleaners. Let’s face it, tiles get dirty and grimy pretty quickly.

Whether it’s hard water stains in the bathroom or mud from your pets in the kitchen, tiles get dirty. This is where white vinegar comes in. It is a mild acid that is extremely effective in dissolving grease and hard water stains. And the best part about it is that once it dries, it leaves behind a fresh and neutral scent. This will protect your family from the harsh chemicals present in most of today’s tile-cleaning products.


How to clean your tiles with vinegar

So you want to know how to clean your porcelain tiles with vinegar? It’s simple! Just follow these easy steps and get a hold of these items to begin your preparations for the tile-cleaning spree. Here’s a list of items that you will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Bucket and Warm water
  • Mop

  • Broom or vacuum
  • Towel
  • Sponge


How to make the cleaning solution

So, how do you get started? It’s very, very easy! First, you have to prepare the cleaning solution. This means you will need one quarter to one-half cup of vinegar to one gallon of warm water. Mix both of these liquids in the bucket. Now your environmentally-friendly cleaning solution is ready.

The next step is to prepare the surfaces. If you’re cleaning the bathroom, you may want to give the floor a good sweep with a broom. Alternatively, a vacuum cleaner will do the trick just as well. The same goes for your kitchen.

Clean the floor from chunkier pieces of dirt, dust and other larger pieces of dirt such as food, sand, and mud by sweeping them in a dustpan or vacuuming them, allowing the suction nozzle to get rid of the bigger pieces of dirt. Now you should be left with freshly-swept or vacuumed tiles which might still have some stains on them, so let’s deal with those now!

Cleaning the bathroom

For the bathroom, particularly the shower, dip the sponge in the water and vinegar solution and wipe the hard water stains off. The acidity of the vinegar should dissolve these stains quite easily, and at the same time, leave a fresh smell in a possibly musty-smelling bathroom. Once you’ve used the sponge on the stains, you can use a dry towel to wipe off the remaining wet residue.

Cleaning the kitchen

For the kitchen, after you’ve swept or vacuumed the floor, dip the mop in the vinegar and water solution and get to work on the floor. Apply the mop over all the tiles in sequence from side to side or top to bottom, whichever cleaning pattern works for you.

You may need to spend some extra time on those tiles which have stains. Keep wiping the stain with the solution until it disappears or fades. Once you’ve covered the whole floor, your kitchen will not only smell nice, but some of your most stubborn stains will be removed. Allow the floor to air dry completely before walking on it.

If the smell of vinegar bothers you, simply open some windows to let the natural air flow through the room, dealing with the smell in a natural way. Don’t worry, you won’t be harming the environment or yourself.


If you have really stubborn stains, consider wetting the floor and sprinkling it with baking soda first and then scrubbing them with a water and vinegar solution. This is a very natural way of dealing with stains in the kitchen and bathroom.


And before we end off, we just want to make a strong recommendation, which is not to mix bleach and vinegar together. Why? Because bleach + vinegar = toxic chlorine gas! Although it makes for a strong disinfectant, it’s pretty harmful to your health and this can be bad for you, especially if you have a sensitive respiratory system. So our advice is: stay away from this solution and if you need more professional cleaning, contact us!

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  • Last update: July 8, 2019

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