This time of year, there is lots of snow and salt in many areas of the world. Salt is an essential item because it prevents you from slipping on snow and ice. We use salt liberally on our front porch, the entire driveway and the sidewalk in front of our house.
Because we use so much salt, it’s inevitable that some will end up in the house when we come inside. I vacuum the rug by the front door every other day and there is always a ton of salt that gets sucked up.
The other area in our home where lots of salt builds up is on our boot tray by the entrance. It becomes filthy rather fast and it’s not pretty to look at. Seriously. Take a look at our boot tray:
After 2 weeks of walking past the thing, saying “oh, I need to clean that – I’ll do it tomorrow”, I finally got the task done yesterday. And it only took me about 15 minutes.
I normally wash things with a rag dipped in some soapy water, but I knew that this task would require something a bit different.
Here are the items that I used to clean the boot tray (not including the rag):
I added a good squirt of both the dish soap and vinegar to the water and then stirred it all up until it looked like this:
Once my cleaner was ready to go, I got to work on the boot tray.
Shake It Off – There was a ton of loose dirt and salt all over the tray, so I opened up the front door and banged the tray on the wall a few times until stuff stopped falling off.
Take Out The Toothbrush – I love using old toothbrushes for cleaning! They are perfect for getting into all of those tiny crevices you wouldn’t normally be able to get into with a regular size scrubbing brush. I dipped my toothbrush in the cleaner and began scrubbing away at all of the salt marks on the mat.
I used the larger scrubbing tool for the bigger sections of the mat and used the toothbrush for inside all of the grooves. It honestly took me no more than 10 minutes to get rid of it all.
Rinse & Dry – Once all of the dirt was scrubbed off of the mat, I rinsed it under some warm water. I used the laundry room sink, since that is the largest sink in our house. Then, I simply dried it off with a rag and put it back by the front door.