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When I was growing up, the only thing we used for cleaning our tile floors was a certain pine-scented concoction with a mop and bucket. By going back to the basics and using simple, trusted, time-tested ingredients.

In fact, I’ll bet if you grew up in North America, you probably just got flashbacks of that weird “pine” scent just as you read that last sentence! People have been cleaning their homes with water and vinegar for years, but when I tried that on my wood floors, I was left wanting more. More “streak-free shine.” And let’s face it, more nice scent ().

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Lots of readers have also tried this cleaner in their Shark steam mop with great results!

The base of the recipe (water, alcohol, vinegar) is perfectly fine for use around pets, but some have voiced concern that , especially cats.

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And although Pine-Sol® is still around today, we also have organizations like the Environmental Working Group to help us make confident choices when it comes to ridding our homes of toxic chemicals. In my search for a stronger homemade cleaner, I found a recipe which mixes equal parts water, vinegar, and alcohol, with a few drops of dish soap. I finally found something that really cleaned my floors . After changing the ratios a bit and adding some essential oils – which I carefully chose based on their antibacterial properties – I’m now very happy with my all-purpose cleaner.