The next time you need to wash your tiled or linoleum-covered kitchen floor, try this tip: Before you grab your mop, grab your tea kettle. That's right.
Water is a universal solvent and, once heated, it does a great job of loosening most of the food-based grime on a kitchen floor. Pour a little bit of boiling water on the dirtiest spots on your floor. Let it stand for a few minutes. I use this method and then mop with just hot tap water mixed with dishwashing detergent. When I'm done, the floor looks spotless, the kitchen doesn't stink of chemicals, and I haven't spent money on expensive cleaners. This method is good for the environment.
HEIDI M. DOUGLASS
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