You probably already have all of the ingredients needed to make your homemade floor cleaner — one which gets your floors just as shiny clean as the commercial stuff.
So, why would you want to? Because it’s good!
INDOOR AIR QUALITY MATTERS
Commercial cleaning products contribute significantly 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 on the floor. Do you really want their paws or pacifiers having that much contact with harsh solvents?
SO DOES YOUR MONEY
If that’s not enough to convince you, it also costs just pennies to make enough to homemade floor cleaner to last for months. That’s right: pennies.
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?
WORKS ON ALL HARD FLOORS
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 works on vinyl, linoleum, and tile.
✓ Yep, you can use it on marble or granite.
✓ It even works on cement!
Have I mentioned that, after powering through grime, it also leaves a gorgeous shine?
Please note that there are good reasons for using the specific ingredients below. If you change the recipe, you’re changing the formula, and that may alter your results. Here’s why this Homemade Floor Cleaner uses what it does.
Water: Loosens grime and acts as a suspension for the other ingredients.
White vinegar: Degreases and provides mild disinfection.
Rubbing alcohol: Speeds up evaporation to avoid streaks. Degreases and helps disinfect.
Liquid dish soap: Dissolves bonds between dirt and floor. Degreases. Cleans.
Essential oils: Offsets the smell of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. If you have pets or children, verify the safety of any essential oil you use.
How To Make Homemade Floor Cleaner
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol (surgical spirits in the UK)
- 3 drops liquid dish soap (See Important Notes below)
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
We all like to swap things around in DIY cleaning recipes but, before you do, there are some things you should know:
• Don’t use a dish soap that contains moisturizers, antibacterial ingredients, or “oxygen bleach.” I use Dawn Original (Classic). (Fairy is the UK substitute.)
• Do NOT swap Castille soap for the dish soap. Castille is an oil-based soap and will leave streaks and smears.
• If you use essential oils, be sure they aren’t compounds (i.e., those with fragrance added to grapeseed or some other form of oil). I buy these from Amazon.
• I’ve been using this on marble and granite for years without a problem. The vinegar in this solution is very heavily diluted by the water and other ingredients, so it doesn’t remain acidic enough to cause etching. If you have any concerns, don’t use it.
How To Use Homemade Floor Cleaner
The recipe above works equally well regardless of whether you use a bucket or spray bottle to dispense your floor cleaner as you mop. Of course, if you use a bucket, you’ll have to dump out what’s left after use, while anything left in the spray bottle can be stored in a dark, cool place for future cleanings.
GOT A MOPPING ROBOT?
I adore my mopping robot, which I use pretty much every day.
Since the cleaning solution doesn’t get into the robot itself, just transferred to the mopping cloth by the pad’s wick, I’ve been using a diluted version without a problem. Add two tablespoons to the reservoir and fill it the rest of the way with water.
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