Things You'll Need
Mild dish detergent
A homemade cleaning solution using bleach effectively sanitizes floors after you clean them. Sanitizing with bleach instead of purchasing commercial products saves you money and works just as well. Bleach can also kill mold or mildew growing on floors, which will protect your health from the harmful spores. Clean your floor weekly with a bleach solution to keep it sparkling clean and free of germs and bacteria.
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Open the windows in the home to let the air circulate. Bleach contains harmful fumes and allowing the air to flow will remove them from your home.
Sweep the floor before you clean it with bleach. Remove all the loose dirt and debris to prevent spreading it around on the floor.
Pour 1 cup of chlorine bleach into a 5-gallon bucket. Add 5 gallons of warm water to the bleach to dilute it.
Clean the floors with a soap or vinegar solution first. Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of a mild dish detergent and 1 gallon of warm water or 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water to clean most floors effectively.
Soak the mop in the diluted bleach solution. Wring out as much of the diluted bleach as possible. Mop the floors with the damp mop and allow them to air dry.
Wear gloves and eye protection when working with bleach to protect your health.
Never mix bleach with ammonia because it can cause severe illness and even death.
Store the bleach and buckets of water away from children and pets.
Avoid cleaning marble and porous stone surfaces with chlorine bleach because it can ruin the surface.
Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.