You probably already have all of the ingredients needed to make your own homemade floor cleaner, one which gets your floors just as shiny clean as the commercial stuff, without the harsh chemicals.
So, why would you want to? Simple: it’s for your own good. Commercial cleaning products contribute greatly to indoor air pollution. For people with allergies or asthma, indoor air quality is critical to good health. Now, add in pets or young children (or even teens like mine) who spend a lot of time n the floor. Do you really want their paws or pacifiers having that much contact with chemical residue?
Given how much of the surface area in our home consists of flooring, and it’s not hard to see how commercial floor cleaners aren’t a smart choice. But if that’s not enough to convince you, then consider this: it costs just pennies to make enough homemade floor cleaner to clean your floors for a month or more. That’s right: pennies. So why shell out $3 or more for a commercial cleaner that’s bad for you and your family when you can whip up your own with ingredients you already have?
Even better: you only need this one homemade floor cleaner to clean every hard flooring surface in your home. It works on laminate. It works on hardwood. It even works on vinyl, linoleum and ceramic tile, too. Not only does it get rid of smears and grime, it’s strong enough to cut through food spills without harming your floor’s surface AND it leaves a gorgeous shine!
How To Make Homemade Floor Cleaner
• 2 cups warm water
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol (methylated spirits in the UK)
• 3 drops liquid dish soap (See Note below)
• 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
UPDATE: Due to problems people have encountered with streaks, I want to emphasize that you must NOT use a dish soap that contains moisturizers, anti-bacterial ingredients, or “oxygen bleach”. Do NOT swap castille soap for the dish soap, and if you use essential oils be sure they aren’t compound oils (i.e., those with fragrance added to grapeseed or some other form of oil). I use Dawn Original (Classic), which is similar to Sunlight or Fairy in the UK.
How To Use Homemade Floor Cleaner: Follow the recipe above. This works equally well regardless of whether you use a bucket or spray bottle to dispense your floor cleaner as you mop. Of course, you’ll have to dump out what’s left in the bucket after use, while anything left in the spray bottle can be stored in a dark, cool place for future cleanings.
Scented Homemade Floor Cleaner: Use the same mixture, then add around 15 drops of your favorite essential oils, or a mixture of them if you prefer. I like equal parts peppermint and orange in the summer, while in the winter I use cedar and lavender. And remember, once you find a fragrance combination you like, you can use it in homemade air freshener and homemade laundry detergent, too!
So now what will you do with those different bottles of cleaning products taking up space on your shelves? Use them up if it bothers you to have spent money on them, or get rid of them now and make the switch to homemade floor cleaner. Just, please, dispose of them properly.
Equipment I Used For This: