You probably already have all of the ingredients needed to make your homemade floor cleaner. This DIY mopping solution gets your wood, tile, laminate, or vinyl just as shiny and streak-free as the commercial stuff without introducing irritants to your home.
The Best Homemade Floor Cleaner
One of the great things about homemade cleaners: you don’t need a lot of different products that only clean one kind of surface. So, once you’ve got your standard cleaning ingredients on hand, it’s easy to mix up a variety of homemade cleaning products. (Want to get started making your own cleaning products? Check out this explanation of supplies you need for homemade cleaners and why they’re useful.)
Safer for Indoor Air-Quality
Commercial cleaning products contribute significantly to indoor air pollution. For people with allergies or asthma, indoor air quality is critical to good health.
Companies that manufacture cleaning products aren’t required to disclose their ingredients on the label. As a result, there’s no way to tell at a glance whether a product contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may cause irritation or even cancer.
Switching to homemade natural cleaners lets you know exactly what you’re using in your home, so you can avoid dangerous combinations.
Easier on Your Budget
If that’s not enough to convince you to switch to a homemade floor cleaner, consider how much money you’ll save. The cost of commercial floor cleaners is crazy!
Using a Swiffer mop, for instance, runs about $0.32 per wet pad — and you have to use two or three of them in even a small kitchen or bathroom. Even bottles of commercial mopping products run anywhere from $4 to $15, depending on the brand.
Over time, those expenses add up. Cleaning shouldn’t cost a fortune, and it doesn’t when you use this homemade mopping solution.
Homemade Floor Cleaner for ALL Hard Flooring
This homemade mopping solution cleans any kind of hard flooring.
✓ 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?
It Works With Mopping Robots, Too!
I’ve written before about my search to find the best floor cleaning robots. One of my requirements was being able to use a homemade floor cleaner.
After spending that kind of money on a robot, I didn’t want to be stuck buying a special floor cleaning solution or wet mopping pads all the time.
I’ve been using it in my mopping robot for over two years now, and I’m thrilled with the results.
Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe
What the Ingredients Do
- Water: Loosens grime and acts helps the other ingredients combine.
- White vinegar: Degreases and provides mild disinfection. At this dilution, it’s safe for natural stone surfaces because it’s not acidic enough to cause etching. I’ve been using this on marble and granite for years without a problem. If you have any concerns, don’t use it.
- Isopropyl (70%) rubbing alcohol: Speeds up evaporation to avoid streaks. Degreases and helps disinfect. (In the UK, if you can’t find it inexpensively at the chemist it’s available online.)
- Liquid dish soap: Dissolves bonds between dirt and floor, degreases and cleans. Don’t use a dish soap that contains moisturizers, antibacterial ingredients, or “oxygen bleach.” I use Dawn Original (Classic). (Fairy is the UK substitute.) Please don’t swap Castille soap for the dish soap. Castille is an oil-based soap and will leave streaks and smears.
- Essential oils: Optional ingredients to offset the smell of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. If you have pets or children, verify the safety of any essential oil you use. 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.
Remember, there are reasons for using the specific ingredients in this homemade cleaning recipe. If you change them, you’re changing the formula, and that may alter your results.
If you can’t find rubbing alcohol at the grocery store, pharmacy, or chemist, you can substitute specific liquors for it instead. When using liquor to disinfect, it must be 120-proof, so it contains at least 60% alcohol. Vodka is not the best choice. Most vodkas are only 80-proof, and some are even lower.
Look for a what’s known as a “neutral spirit” or “rectified spirit,” since these contain very high concentrations of ethanol alcohol. Everclear is one brand that meets the 120-proof requirement and is available in most liquor or package stores.
When substituting liquor for rubbing alcohol in a homemade cleaner recipe, you need to select unflavored, clear varieties. Flavorings may contain sugars or other substances that attract pests, while colorings may stain the surfaces you’re cleaning. Both can leave streaks.
Homemade Floor Cleaner
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 cup isopropyl (70%) rubbing alcohol or 120-proof clear liquor
- 1/8 tsp liquid dish soap (See notes)
- 5-10 drops essential oils optional
To Use in a Spray Bottle
- Add all of the ingredients above and gently swirl to mix. Lightly spray 3-foot sections then wipe with a mop. This is best for small areas or touch-up mopping.
To Use in a Bucket
- Scale the recipe depending on the size of your bucket. A 1-gallon bucket holds 128 ounces (US) to 154 ounces (UK). Use the “Serving Size” slider to select your needed amount. You may need to scale more than once to select your desired amount.
For Both Methods
- You do not need to rinse after use.
- Allow the floors to completely dry before walking on them.
- Store unused homemade floor cleaner in a cool, dark spot away from kids and pets. Use within 1 month.
Save money and get your home brilliantly clean with these other easy DIY cleaning recipes.
- Homemade All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
- Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner
- Homemade Floor Cleaner
- Homemade Soft Scrub
- Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant
- Homemade Daily Shower Spray to Prevent Mildew
- Homemade Soap Scum Remover (no scrubbing!)
- Homemade Wipes
- Homemade Furniture Polish
- Homemade Granite Cleaner
- Homemade Disinfecting Sink Spray