About Me

Tallahassee, Florida
I love reading for the sake of learning so I'm an avid researcher. I also love sharing what I've learned which is why I decided to become a blogger. I do not claim to be a writer nor an expert on anything. I'm just passionate about family, food, health, wine, art, gardening and creativity and I LOVE to share! Since my daughters share my passions and love of research and writing, they partner with me to bring you the best from My Urban Pastures!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Wonderful (Cheap) Wood Floor Cleaner

The only time my floors have ever looked this good is when they were brand new!  It's hard to believe that it only takes four ingredients to make my floors look this good.  Here, take a look-see:
                                                                            Look at that shine!

Are you ready to see what I am using?  Here it is:
                                                                 Water, tea, and essential oils.

Who knew... tea!  Maybe I should restate that; I had no idea tea was useful for cleaning wood floors, did you?  Not just any tea though.  It has to be black tea.   Take a look at this article HERE and you'll see what I mean.

Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone so I had to add some smell good (essential oils).  I used Texas Cedarwood but you can use whatever you like.

The rest would be history except, the story doesn't end there.   One of my mini me's (who shall remain name- less) just had to stir things up by pointing out that she found a wood floor cleaner on Pinterest that uses alcohol and she was curious as to how it would work.  To which I replied:  'I am not using alcohol on my floors!  How exactly is that suppose to shine my floors?'  I'll admit, I was a little curious in spite of the fact that I was adamant I wasn't going to try the stuff.  Well, curiosity got the best of me.  Darn curiosity!

So guess what I did?  You guessed it, I added this:

                                                                             Isopropyl Alcohol

                                                      Here's my fresh brew. It should last me 3 weeks

Curiosity actually worked in my favor this time and the best part is, it works great on my floors!  Oh, did I mention how cheap it is to make this wonderful concoction?   Here's the break down: Tea $1.98 for a box of 24 divided by 4 (bags) = .32 cents.  Alcohol: $1.96 for 32 ounces divided by 2 (16ounces) = .98 cents.  If I add in a few cents for the essential oil, which I purchased for $3.48 on sale, my floor cleaner cost me less than $2.00 for 1 1/4 gallons.  I only use about 10 drops of the essential oils so I haven't even put a dent in it.

Now I can say the rest is history!  


  1. I think I know who the "nameless" person is! ;)

  2. Replies
    1. Rachelle, please forgive for not responding sooner. I just recently started blogging again. I had to take leave from blogging because my daughter was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer which required all of my attention. To answer your question; I added 16 ounces of alcohol to 48 ounces of water. Thank you so much for checking out the blog!

  3. Can you give a breakdown of your measurements? My floors are desperate for attention and this remedy intrigues me.

    1. Katie, I used 16 ounces of alcohol, 4 tea bags, 48 ounces of water, and about 10-12 drops of essential oils. Depending on the type of wood your floors are made out of, you will probably notice results immediately! Enjoy your beautiful wood floors and thanks for visiting the blog!

  4. do you put it in a spray bottle to apply to floors?

    1. Pauletta, I usually use a squirt bottle but I'm sure a spray bottle would work just as well.

  5. Hoping all is well with you and yours!
    Light ♥

    1. Penny, thank you so much for inquiring about me and my family. It means the world to me that you would show some concern. We're doing very well considering all that has happened these past two years. In fact, my daughter and I will be rolling out a new blog post today or tomorrow and the plan is to start blogging on a regular basis again. We have loads of recipes, info. and projects to share. Thanks again for your concern!