If you have a steam mop, then you would know that buying a steam mop cleaner solution from the store can be on the expensive side. However, you can save yourself a lot of money by making this solution at home.
To make this cleaning solution by yourself, you only need a few things. Most of this stuff would be available at your home already.
Important Information: Please note that almost all manufacturers recommend not adding any cleaning solution (either homemade or commercial) to the steam mop. Using these liquids can develop mineral deposits inside the steam mop.
Moreover, you must only use distilled water or demineralized water in your steam mop as tap water contains calcium and magnesium that block the steam mop vents and cause problems while using the machine. You can use your tap water if you have a high-quality water softener installed at your home, but manufacturers suggest against it.
Below are mentioned 3 simple and easy ways to make a steam mop cleaner solution at home.
1) Vinegar Solution Recipe
Vinegar is one of the best cleaners. It cleanses and disinfects the surface at a very low price.
How to Make
Step 1: Add some water into a bowl until it is half-filled.
Step 2: Add 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of rubbing alcohol, and 3 to 4 drops of regular dishwashing soap in the water.
Step 3:Mix the solution well.
Step4: Pour this solution onto the floor and use steam mop over it. Make sure that your steam mop contains only demineralized/distilled water.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils or lemon juice to the mixture to get rid of the strong smell of vinegar.
2) Detergent Solution Recipe
Detergents are used to remove stains from the fabric. It can work wonders on your carpet and make it spotless. To make an easy and quick cleaning solution recipe, follow the mentioned steps.
How to Make
Step 1: Add some hot water to a bowl.
Step 2: Add 2 tablespoons of any laundry detergent of your choice.
Step 3: Pour this mixture on the floor and go over it with your steam mop.
Step 4: It is preferred to do a pass of just water after you are done with the cleaning. It is to make sure there is no leftover detergent on the carpet.
3) Baking Soda Solution Recipe
Baking soda acts as a perfect cleaning agent. It can remove tough spots and help you get rid of bad odor.
You can make this recipe by following these few steps.
How to Make
Step 1: Add the same amount of baking soda and vinegar in a bowl filled with hot water.
Step 2: Add 5 to 6 drops of your dishwashing soap.
Step 3: Mix this all together and pour it on the floor. Turn your steam mop on and then clean the area.