Tiles are a popular choice for flooring because of their durability. Almost every home has a tile floor in it, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Tiles are also perfect for high traffic areas and require little maintenance.
However, to keep your tiles looking brand new, they’ll need regular cleaning. We recommend tile cleaners that are gentle on the tiles as well as the environment. Natural tile cleaners are also affordable because you might just find them already in your home.
Below is a list of green tile cleaners that will not damage your tiles in any way and will be safe to use around children and pets as well.
Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is a great alternative to cleaners that contain bleach. Lemon has natural acidic properties that will help easily remove stains on tiles. It also has antibacterial properties to it that will kill bacteria, but will not have the harmful effects of bleach. Lemon also is a great deodorizer, so not only will it help your floor looking clean, your whole room will smell clean, too.
Salt – This is a great natural cleaner that every home has in their kitchen. Salt has strong cleaning properties that will clean and deodorize all type of tile flooring. To use salt as a natural cleaner, simply mix salt with hot water. Squeeze some lemon juice in your mix for a great smell and added sanitizing power.
Distilled White Vinegar – For generations, distilled white vinegar has been used for its cleaning properties that are non-toxic and effective to use. Similar to lemon juice, distilled white vinegar also helps deodorize tiles while cleaning them. It can easily get rid of odors that are tough to remove. It can also cut through grease stains without much effort.
Borax – Borax is a great cleaner to have in the home. It’s often used as a laundry detergent, but borax can be used to clean your tiles and keep it sanitary. Safe and effective, Borax is also used to ward off pests such as bugs and cockroaches. It’s a great cleaner to use if you want to clean your tiles and get rid of pests too. Simply rub Borax into the floor where there is dirt and then rinse it off with water.
Washing Soda – Washing soda may not be commonly found in people’s homes, but you can easily make washing soda from baking soda using tips from Nature’s Nurture Blog. Washing soda is also a non-toxic and effective cleaner for tiles because its ability to remove grease and tough stains. To apply, simply mix some washing soda with water to create a paste, then rub gently onto the stains. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then rinse with water.