The First Thing You Should Do with a New Bottle of Laundry Detergent

published Aug 26, 2021
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I once made the mistake of asking my younger sister if my house seemed clean. (I know, I know — loaded question.) She replied that my floors weren’t “what they used to be.” Now, I think of (and smile about) my sister’s comment nearly every time I mop my floors. Because she was right. After five kids, my floors aren’t what they used to be. Plus, I don’t mop as often as I feel like I should.

I pick up crumbs daily with a trusty Dyson stick vacuum and also intend to mop the kitchen floors thoroughly once a week. But the mopping rarely happens. I have a robot mop that runs through the kitchen every other night and does a fairly good job maintaining the floors, and the spray mop is good for stubborn sticky spots or a quick cleaning. But wet mopping the kitchen — which takes a lot of effort — tends to get neglected. Still, as easy as it is to put it off, kitchen floors need a good wet mop every now and then.

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Create a cleaning solution with laundry detergent and water to mop the floors

This is where “trigger cleaning” comes in! This time, the trigger is opening a new bottle of laundry detergent. (It turns out, detergent is surprisingly great for cleaning your kitchen floors!)

When you crack open a new bottle of laundry detergent, pour the first half capful into a bucket of warm water and mix to create a floor cleaner. The solution will cut through grime, leave floors squeaky clean, and make the kitchen smell amazing! Plus, opening that bottle will serve as a helpful reminder that it’s time to finally wet-mop the floor.

What other surprising cleaning tricks do you use laundry detergent for? Tell us in the comments below.