If there is one thing I am picky about cleanliness in my home it is the floor.
I can live with a mess elsewhere, but few things irritate me more than a dirty and sticky floor.
Not only does it look unsightly, but if you are walking around in socks or barefeet you pick up all the gunk on the soles of your feet.
Maybe it's all those floors I mopped back when I worked in a restaurant. Or when my old roommates would destroy my perfectly clean floor within a matter of hours. Either way I am a stickler for a clean floor.
In the past I had always used a standard store bought floor cleaner, and while it did a good job, it had that chemical smell. Of course, the smell you can handle but you don't want those chemicals all over your floor where little ones and pets roam.
I've started more and more to incorporate vinegar into my cleaning routine and now I also use it to clean the floor.
It doesn't take any more time or effort than using a store bought cleaner. You just have to do the exact same thing of filling a bucket with hot water and adding the vinegar as a cleaning solution.
I also like this suggestion of adding a few drops of dish soap, as that will give you a little hint of soapy foam, as well as a few drops of essential oils for a nice fragrance.
You may see baking soda as a suggested ingredient to add to your homemade floor cleaner. Personally, I don't use it because I find I then need to make a second pass with my mop to get rid of the baking soda residue.
However if I have a particularly stubborn stain I will use baking soda as a spot cleaner because of its gritty scrubbing powers.