Whether your office or house or both have it, wood floors can be pretty challenging to clean. What you need is a cleaner that isn’t loaded with chemicals or isn’t harsh. But of course, that might cost you an arm and a leg. Well, this must be your day because you’ve come across a tutorial on how to toss together a homemade wood floor cleaner. In fact, you can try some of the homemade wood floor cleaner ideas enumerated just below this quick tutorial. These homemade wood floor cleaner ideas are not only eco-friendly, but are also money-, time-, and energy-saving.
Simple Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Recipe
Can you imagine how cleaning wood floors can be easy by simply spraying directly on wood floors, making the cleaning solution in a bucket, or making reusable floor wipes by dampening cotton clothes? In addition, this floor cleaner cleans hardwoods with no trace of waxy residue or undesirable streaks and of course, isn’t harsh.
- ½ Cup Vinegar
- Plastic Spray Bottle
- 1 Tablespoon Castile Soap
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- Essential Oil
- ¼ Cup Rubbing Alcohol
Making this homemade wood floor cleaner wouldn’t be possible without materials, so gather them.
Castile Soap comes in various scents and is likely available at health-food stores. Vinegar is for cleaning and refreshing your wood floors naturally while rubbing alcohol is for preventing streaks from appearing after your floors have been cleaned and dried.
Grab your plastic bottle, then measure and add the ingredients into it.
By the way, if you want to be eco-friendly, simply repurpose a container for this homemade wood floor cleaner.
Furthermore, you can also have this cleaner as a house refresher to kick it up a notch by adding 10-15 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
Add the warm water slowly, and you’re good to go!
When cleaning the grain of the wood, just spray your wood floors using the prepared cleaning solution and then wipe using a cotton cloth to clean. If the area you are working with is wide, then use a bucket to prepare the homemade wood floor cleaner and use with a mop.
10 Best Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Ideas
Wood floors do not require a lot of maintenance. In fact, oftentimes, a routine cleaning with a fair amount of warm water and a light damp mopping is enough to rid those wood floors of dirt and filth. But if that doesn’t work either because the dirt is just too stubborn or the cleaning power isn’t enough, these homemade wood floor cleaners make the best plan B! Why? Simply because they’re not only the easiest but also the best! —the fact that you are able to save energy, money, and time.
1. Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner
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If your place employs laminate flooring, you’d probably be looking for a stronger homemade wood floor cleaner. Look no further than this recipe which uses vinegar, water, and liquid dish detergent! Using a sponge or microfiber mop, this DIY cleaning solution is perfect. Go to Laminate Floor Blog for full instructions and tips.
2. The Water-Vinegar Team-Up
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The ability of vinegar to make bathrooms and kitchen counters clean might not be something new to you. How about its power to clean grime build-up off the wood floors? That got your attention, didn’t it? You’d be amazed how vinegar and warm water as the two key ingredients team up in this homemade wood floor cleaner to make your floors clean and shiny. Visit CLEAN MAMA and know how these two manage to pull it off.
3. The Triple Threat (Hot Water, Lemon Juice, and Olive Oil)
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This mixture of hot water, lemon juice, and olive oil obviously reminds us of a salad dressing. But don’t get the wrong idea, this combination makes for an effective homemade wood floor cleaner that uses non-toxic and natural, everyday ingredients, to clean your floors, and at the same time leaving a sparkle behind. Won’t you take a peek of how homedit prepared this cleaning solution? Enjoy the rich sheen!
4. The Essential Oil Magic!
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Using water, vinegar, and essential oils not only cleans your whole house and gives it a fresh scent but also gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and germs. Not to mention lifts your mood, saves your immune system, and saves you money. Talk about a sanitary makeover!
Remember, sometimes less is more, so a little bit of liquid to get the cloth or mop wet and scrub away is enough. If you think damping the cloth or mop directly to the water is already satisfying, try adding 10 essential oil drops per gallon of water to enhance the cleaning power. Essential oils of eucalyptus, pine, tea tree or lavender add antiseptic qualities.
5. Black Tea Bags for The Win!
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It’s soothing and warm for your body, but do you have any idea that black tea bags make a great homemade wood floor cleaner? Yup, you’ve heard it right —they add luster and shine to your floor. So next time, brew not just for yourself but also a few extra bags for your floor rather than going for pricey commercial floor cleaning products. Learn how to brew this formula at Apartment Therapy. Have a sip and start wiping!
6. Plant-Based Liquid Soap, Really?
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If your floor is grimy, this homemade wood floor cleaner idea that features plant-based liquid soap, plus the water and vinegar might just be a good choice for cleaning solution. If you want, you can also add essential oils. eHow will provide you the steps to prepare this DIY cleaner.
7. Vegetable Oil Cleaning Power
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Are you worried about using water to clean your wood floors? Maybe it isn’t what the type of your floor finish needs. In that case, why not use only vegetable oil and vinegar as your homemade wood floor cleaner? No idea? This combination does double duty. Vegetable oil and vinegar both protect and disinfect wood floors. Just blend equal portions of white vinegar and vegetable oil in a spray bottle (so make sure to have one) and apply the mixture. To clearly understand how the cleaning power of the vegetable oil and vinegar mixture just does the job, head over to Mama Instincts for the how-to.
8. The Fantastic Four
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If you’re not satisfied using only a dish soap, vinegar, and essential oils, try adding borax to give your wood floors more TLC. Borax has well-documented benefits which include the prevention and treatment of wood floor infestation and rot. These fantastic four, when combined, make for an inexpensive and simple homemade wood floor cleaner. Ask Susie from Pins & Procrastination on how she managed to come up with this recipe.
9. Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner
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Grease unobtrusively builds up on our kitchen floor as we spend more time in cooking. Thus, the floor of our home’s most high-traffic space is desperate for some love and care, and white vinegar, liquid dish soap, washing soda, and warm tap water come together to rustle up an incredible homemade wood floor cleaner that cuts through grease and grime and tackles even the filthiest floors. We’re glad that Jillee from One Good Thing has shared her recipe for this DIY cleaning solution.
10. Homemade “No Vinegar” Hardwood Floor Cleaner
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The distilled water, dish soap, and rubbing alcohol teamed up to steal the spotlight from vinegar in this controversial recipe for a homemade wood floor cleaner. The Make Your Own Zone’s Beverly Leestma will help to walk you through this DIY floor cleaning solution.
Helpful Wood Floor Cleaning Tips
- If you want to make your hardwood floors beautiful longer, vacuum or sweep frequently to get rid of particles that tend to accumulate as time passes and leave unwanted marks on the surface.
- Damp mopping should be minimized, so clean your floor regularly and use a dry microfiber pad or a dust mop.
- Immediately clean spills, and prevent water or any liquid from remaining on the surface of your floor.
- If you own a pet, make sure to trim their nails so as not to promote floor scratching.
- Put mats at entrances so that people can easily wipe their feet. For entryways where people often come in and out, use area rugs.
- If you have a giant cabinet, bulky sofa, or other heavy movable equipment that sit directly on your wood floors, use furniture pads.
Got a mop and a bucket of water? Check! Got your homemade wood floor cleaner? Check! Got any idea how to use them? Ahm… Well, here’s a video tutorial on how to clean wooden floors by Bunnings Warehouse. You have to know how to do smart cleaning if you want to take care and keep your floors beautiful.
Video Tutorial by Bunnings
Remember, you don’t need anything super fancy but a few everyday household items and a bit of knowledge to make a Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner and give your wood floors a clean and polished makeover while saving money and time. So, what are you waiting for? Get your mop, a bucket of water, a spray bottle, a cotton cloth and a few items from your cleaning supply storage, and take good care of those wood floors.