Ceramics have been found at the archaeological sites of ancient civilizations. Besides immortalizing beautiful buildings like the Blue Mosque of Turkey, the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican they grace our modest homes.
Why Use Ceramic Tiles?
Their pros are that they are durable; they do not dent, scratch or stain.
They come in a huge selection of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are affordable and very easy to clean. They endure a lot of physical and chemical trauma that may shorten their life. But there are ways to lend a little TLC and extend the longevity of these beauties.
So how do you clean ceramic tile floors naturally?
Here are a few recipes. You can find these things in your pantry and you will note that most of the ingredients are used in food recipes thus safe and harmless. Here is the first recipe to make your own floor cleaner.
All Purpose Cleaner:
This will not only sparkle your floor but also everything made of ceramic in your home. You need:
- baking soda – 3/4th cup
- lemon juice – � cup
- salt – 3 tbsp.
- dishwashing liquid – 3 tbsp.
- vinegar – � vinegar
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
We have made this recipe with these ingredients because baking soda absorbs odors, bleach stains and cut the fungus. Lemon juice and vinegar degrease the tiles. The salt absorbs and washes away negative stagnant energy besides keeps ants away. The active ingredient in the dishwashing liquid is the detergent that cuts the grim. And lastly, your favorite essential oil leaves a lingering freshness. Oregano, Sage, Tea Tree, Thyme, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Ginger root, Grapefruit oils are well-known for their antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Therefore, with all the dust, grime and disease causing factors gone you are left with a sweet-smelling airy and clean home.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Water Solution:
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach and disinfectant. Be careful not to ingest it. Mix hydrogen peroxide and water in a proportion of 1:1. That is if you take 50 ml of water add 50 ml of hydrogen peroxide to it in the common spray bottle. Shake well and spray on the stubborn stains on the floor. Then scrub clean with a steel scrub or toothbrush. Besides removing rust and organic stains this also removes the salt residue due to hard water and soap scum.
Mix ¼ cup of borax in � cup of vinegar in a liter or 1 quart of water. You could make this solution minus the vinegar too. Put in a spray bottle to use on any surface including the ceramic floor. Borax has been used as a cleaning agent since the 19th century.
The solution softens water thus helps to scale tiles of salt accumulation due to evaporation from hard water. It kills and inhibits germs, bacteria and mold growth. It is cheap and ants, rats, cockroaches and fleas are killed by borax. Borax makes this solution an all-in-one – a fungicide, insecticide, pesticide, biocide and disinfectant of low toxicity. Unlike bleaching products, borax is chemical-free and does not emit dangerous fumes.
All the above recipes are safe for a home with toddlers and sick people. All the ingredients are biodegradable and non-toxic. That is, they do not contribute to bio-magnification while cleaning your ceramic tiles. Thus, do not harm the ecology of the place you live in or leach into the soil and water bodies, poisoning the flora and fauna.