Tips on cleaning with tea in your Fort Lauderdale luxury home.

Cleaning With Tea

Hardwood Floors
Throughout history, black tea has been used to mop hardwood floors. The tanic acid in black tea helps clean and add shine otherwise dull, old flooring. To mop your hardwood floor with tea, bring a pot of water to a boil and add 5 to 6 tea bags. Turn off the heat and allow the tea to steep for about 10 to 15 minutes. Add ice cubes to cool the water if needed, then carefully pour the solution into your mop bucket. Place your mop in the bucket, making sure you wring it thoroughly before mopping each time. Mop the floor as you would normally. Allow the floor to dry.

Be sure to test your tea cleaning solution on a small hidden area and check for unwanted discoloration. Also, cleaning with tea is not recommended for laminate wood flooring.

Green tea leaves can help to freshen your microwave. Add a few green tea leaves to boiled water. Allow them to steep for a few minutes. When the tea water is cool enough to handle, use it to wash down the inside and outside of your microwave. In no time, your microwave will be clean and fresh-smelling.

You can use green tea leaves to displace odors in your refrigerator. All you have to do is add green tea leaves to a bowl and place it uncovered in your refrigerator. Pungent odors, like those from garlic and onions, will be absorbed by the green tea leaves. Be sure to replace the tea leaves when they no longer smell fresh.

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