In today's topic we will delve into the world of re-purposing regular household products, not only to save time but in some cases money as well (well we will try). Take for instance a regular salad with vinaigrette that we have all become accustomed to. By taking out the leafy and colorful vegetables and adjusting the vinaigrette formula, you have a very economical and effective furniture polish.
The mix is as follows: 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 cups white vinegar. Shake well before each use to insure proper dilution rates. This mixture is a much better wood cleaner and polish, the vinegar pulls the dirt right out of the wood, and the few drops of oil lubricates the wood so that it doesn't dry out. The upside is no harsh smells, and no there is no oily residue left over.
Lets take some time to discuss these new products marketed with, Oxi Action. I hate to give up trade secrets, but oxygenating your laundry is only a few tablespoons of baking soda away. Still not satisfied, add about half a cup of peroxide. This mixture will not only improve cleaning quality but also keep your washer fresh.
Now, lets talk about leather care. Leather furniture can be rather expensive. With that said, just a little care and attention will keep your investment well into the future. Remember this is now nothing more than processed hide, so you don't want to put anything on it that adds silicone or sealants...it needs to breathe. A small bucket with a few drops of baby shampoo will remove any dirt that is present on the hide (6 cups of water to 1 tlbs).
After this, a good quality polish is all that it needs (remember the leather is already clean, so an all in one cleaner is just a waste of money). I know you might have heard that Pledge will leave your furniture clean, smelling great and with a brilliant shine. But under no circumstance should you ever do this, it will seal your leather and lead to fading. Over time it will also degrade your furniture, and good luck trying to sit on it.
Now lets not forget about your hardwood flooring. Why spend so much time looking for the prefect floor cleaner and polish, when all you need is already at home. A small bucket of water with a few drops of dish soap is all you need (6 cups of water to 1 tlbs). Too much water will damage your floor, so stay on the side of caution and be careful how much you are using.