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My Famous No-Rinse, No-Streak Homemade Floor Cleaner

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Looking for a homemade floor cleaner recipe you can use on every type of hard floor? I’ve got you covered. Besides being a no-rinse, non-streaking formula, this DIY floor cleaner also fights germs.

Plus, you know what’s in it. That’s the reason behind all of my homemade cleaning products.

Why This Floor Cleaner Works

• White vinegar is a natural degreaser that can help break through dirt and grime.

• Rubbing alcohol kills germs and breaks down dirt and grease, making it an effective cleaning agent. In this homemade floor cleaner recipe, it also helps prevent streaks since it speeds up evaporation.

• Dish soap cuts through grease and dirt without harming most surfaces. Castile soap is not a good substitute in this DIY cleaner, since it is oil-based and will leave streaks. Brands like Dawn, Ajax, Sunlight, and Fairy all work well since they are detergent-based.

• Water is necessary to help combine and buffer the cleaning ingredients.

• Essential oils are optional and add fragrance, but it’s important to use the stated amount to avoid streaks.

FAQs

What type of floor does this work on?

This homemade floor cleaner recipe is safe for any type of hard flooring. You can use it on laminate floors, tile floors, wood floors, vinyl or linoleum floors, cement and natural stone. The water in this recipe dilutes the vinegar and rubbing alcohol so they do not etch or dry out flooring materials, provided you use the exact amounts and follow the instructions.

Do I need to dilute this floor cleaner before use?

No. This homemade floor cleaner is not a concentrated mix. Adding more water dilutes the recipe and changes the results. If you need to make more, multiply all of the ingredients, not just the water.

Can I use apple cider vinegar?

No. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a naturally occurring starch that will leave a film or streaks on your floor. It can also attract household pests.

Can I use lemon juice in this floor cleaner recipe?

No. It’s never a good idea to use lemon juice in a floor cleaner. Lemon juice contains citric acid, will dry out and damage laminate, vinyl, and wood flooring with repeated use. It will also leave streaks and may attract pests.

What kind of mop can I use this with?

This is a great mopping solution for every type of mop except for those which use steam. It’s safe for sponge mops, string mops, and microfiber mops. I’ve used it with all of them, and my Braava mopping robot, too. (Don’t store the solution in the tank.)

Do not use this homemade floor cleaner with a steam mop or steam cleaner, though. Turning rubbing alcohol or white vinegar into steam can irritate your eyes and lungs. Steam mops are meant to be used only with water.

Is this safe around pets?

Yes, once it’s dry. I have a dog and a cat, and would never use a floor cleaner that wasn’t safe for them to walk on. But, as with any floor cleaner, put your pets in another room until it dries. And if you use the optional essential oils, choose those that are safe around pets, or skip them altogether.

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Homemade No-Rinse Floor Cleaner

This homemade floor cleaner is safe for every type of hard flooring when made and used as directed. It eliminates germs, removes grimes, and leaves floors streak-free without the need to rinse.
Type of RecipeFloor cleaner
Use AsBucket, Spray
Keywordsfloor care, homemade cleaner
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Equipment and Materials

  • Spray bottle or bucket
  • Measuring cups

Supplies

In a spray bottle, combine:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops of liquid dish soap
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils optional

Or, in a 1-gallon bucket, combine:

  • 10 cups warm water
  • 2.5 cups white vinegar
  • 1.25 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil optional

Steps

  1. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or bucket.
  2. Spray or mop 3-foot sections at a time.
  3. There is no need to rinse the floor. You can rinse your mop head to keep it clean, but wring it out well to avoid diluting the floor cleaner.
  4. If using a bucket, change your mopping solution if it looks dirty.
  5. Store any clean, unused portion of homemade floor cleaner in a cool, dark spot. Do not expose it to direct sunlight or heat. As with all cleaning products, keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

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FYI

  • Sweep or vacuum first. Mopping loose dirt causes streaks. 
  • Rinse string and sponge mops frequently so you aren’t spreading dirt. Replace used microfiber mop pads after each room, or when they look soiled.

So, are you ready to whip up a batch of my homemade floor cleaner recipe? Let me know how you like not having to rinse anymore.

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123 Comments

  1. Do you have to rinse after washing floor? I didn’t see anything on it though I may have read over it.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Sandy! Good news, like it says in step 3 there’s no need to rinse after mopping. You may need to rinse your mop if it starts to look grimy, though. Enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    I will be using this as my go to floor cleaner! We have laminate floors with two young children, two dogs, and a love for the outdoors. Our floors get messy, quick. Our prior go-to was Pine-sol, which did an alright job if you mopped everyother day. Now, I’ve only used this homemade floor cleaner once, and I have to say it has left the floor way cleaner in one pass than the Pine-sol ever did. That unknown milk stain under the couch from a forgotten spill? Cut right through with MINIMAL scrubbing. Coloring stains (ok, lazy mom!) that have been around for awhile are now gone. Quick and easy to make, I will be using this from here out. The difference is huge, in my opinion.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you like it, Laura! And good riddance to those milk and coloring stains. (They happen to all of us, so don’t sweat it.)

  3. 5 stars
    Just made and used this. Very impressive!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Enjoy your gorgeously clean floor. ❤️

  4. I have a Shark Steam mop that I can no longer get cleaning solution for. Is this suitable to use as a replacement?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I wouldn’t recommend using it in a steam mop. Those are designed to work well with plain water, but turning rubbing alcohol into steam is not a good idea.

  5. 5 stars
    This works fantastically in my Libman spray mop. I was a little concerned the smell of the vinegar or alcohol would be pretty strong but it’s not. I didn’t add any essential oil the dish soap I use has a little lemongrass essential oil in it already. Floors look terrific!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      That’s great to hear, Steve! I love lemongrass. I bet your home smells fantastic!

  6. Katie Berry says:

    I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Had you just finished vacuuming, so there wasn’t any loose dirt on the floor? And did you try the baking soda method to remove your previous cleaner’s residue as I mentioned?

  7. Hi there, would using distilled or purified water make a difference? Thank you in advance. I’m really excited to use this new concoction on my tile floors!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      No, it doesn’t affect this homemade floor cleaner recipe for tile floors.

  8. I have a robot vacuum/mop which doesn’t allow me to use a solution in it, but spraying cleaner on the pad works well. I am using up the last of the wood floor cleaner I bought at the moment and then I think I’ll give this a try. I’m hoping that I can substitute the Aware detergent for the Dawn (we have allergy issues, but also animal testing concerns). Given the small quantity the recipe uses, I think that should be fine.

  9. Kimberly Martin says:

    Can you use cleaning vinegar- stronger acidity (6%) than vinegar, (5%) in cleaning solution for floors? I use it in my homemade cleaning solutions with no problems noted.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I wouldn’t. Since this is a no-rinse floor mopping solution, using more acidic vinegar may damage some types of flooring over time.

  10. Is there a recipe that could be premade by the gallon and has a shelf life to use in a spray/mop type tool?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You can multiply the recipe as needed to make a gallon. The ingredients don’t expire, so there’s no shelf-life time limit.

  11. Stacy Young says:

    My entire apartment is laminate flooring and we have new puppy. I’ve been using natures miracle and urine gone to clean up accidents immediately and to clean the crate tray. I want to do an overall deep clean and have a Shark steam mop. Should I spray the solution then use the mop or just the steam?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Most laminate manufacturers advise not to use steam mops.

  12. Hey Katie! I recently got a bissel crosswave and was wondering if this solution would work in it? Thank you in advance! I’m looking forward to trying it!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Karina,
      You’ll need to check the manual. If you can use commercial floor cleaners in it, or a vinegar solution, then it’s okay to use this one. If you can only use a specific cleaner, then I wouldn’t use this in place of it.

    2. Rita McBride says:

      Does this work without the alcohol

    3. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Rita, Without alcohol it’s just soapy water with vinegar. That mixture can clean floors but may leave streaks. And because the soap and vinegar neutralize each other without the rubbing alcohol, it won’t clean as well, either.

  13. How many rooms or approximate square footage does this usually cover? My whole house is either tile or hardwood and I usually change my mopping solution after every room. Just wondering if I should continue with that practice.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      There’s no way for me to answer that question, because everyone uses a different amount when they mop and a different type of mop. Some people use spray bottles to dampen the floor then mop. Some people use buckets and dunk their mop in. Sponge mops soak up solution, so someone using one will need more mix than someone using a spray mop with a microfiber pad. So, the best approach would be trying it with your mop and mopping style, then multiplying as needed.

  14. I have a Bissel cross wave cleaner, could this be used in it? Would the solution harm a rug?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’ll need to check the manual. If you can use commercial floor cleaners in it, or a vinegar solution, then it’s okay to use this one. If you can only use a specific cleaner, then I wouldn’t use this in place of it. And this is specifically for hard floors.

  15. Donna Joseph says:

    Continue from previous questions, cans this be left in a spray and mop floor cleaner or would you have to make a new batch every day?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      The formula can stay in your spray mop until it’s used up.

  16. 5 stars
    What a lucky Google hit this is! My laminate floor was so dirty, it was sticky in spots! Took me 5 minutes to mix up this cleaner and after only one application with minimal elbow grease, my kitchen floor is crazy clean. My bathroom floor has never looked cleaner! No rinse!! I’m sold!

  17. can this be used on bathroom tiled walls i recently brought a house with tiled walls in the bathroom and kitchen and never had tiles before would love to know whats the best to use to clean them thank you

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Yes, you could use it on tiled walls. I’d recommend using a spray bottle for that but remember not to spray it near open flames.

  18. Is this solution safe for unsealed hardwood floors? Moved into my house 8 years ago and the dining room has unsealed hardwood floors. I don’t have the means to seal the floor and have been using my steam mop to clean it. But I would love if this solution worked, please let me know!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      No, it’s not. Unfortunately, any liquid will damage unsealed wood floors. Sealing is what protects them.

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