10 Best Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Ideas & A Simple Recipe

by craftmin | January 20, 2018

Whether its in your office or house, wood floors can be pretty challenging to clean. What you need is a cleaner that isn’t loaded with chemicals and isn’t tooharsh. But of course, somethink like that might cost you an arm and a leg. Well, this must be your day because you’ve come across a tutorial for how to throw together a homemade wood floor cleaner. In fact, you can try some other homemade wood floor cleaner ideas just below this quick tutorial too. 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

Imagine how cleaning wood floors can be made easy – either by simply spraying directly on wood floors, making the cleaning solution in a bucket, or making reusable floor wipes by dampening cotton cloth. This floor cleaner cleans hardwood floors with no trace of waxy residue or undesirable streaks.


  • Funnel
  • ½ Cup Vinegar
  • Plastic Spray Bottle
  • 1 Tablespoon Castile Soap
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • Essential Oil
  • ¼ Cup Rubbing Alcohol


1. Materials

Castile Soap comes in various scents and is likely to be available at health-food stores. Vinegar is for cleaning and refreshing your wood floors naturally, while rubbing alcohol is for preventing streaks after your floors have been cleaned and dried.

2. Preparation

Grab your plastic bottle, then measure and add the ingredients.

If you want to be eco-friendly, simply repurpose a container for this homemade wood floor cleaner.

To kick it up a notch, you can also use this cleaner as a house refresher by adding 10-15 drops of an essential oil of your choice.

3. Application

Add the warm water slowly, and you’re good to go!

When cleaning the wood, just spray your floors using the prepared cleaning solution and then wipe using a cotton cloth. If the area you are working with is wide, then prepare the homemade wood floor cleaner in a bucket and use with a mop.



10 Best Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Ideas

Wood floors do not require a lot of maintenance. A routine cleaning with a fair amount of warm water and a light mopping is normally enough to rid those wood floors of dirt and filth. But if that doesn’t work, because the dirt is just too stubborn or the cleaning power isn’t enough, these homemade wood floor cleaners make the best plan B! 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

Image Courtesy of Laminate Floor Blog

If your place has laminate flooring, you are probably 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 new to you. How about its power to clean grime build-up off wood floors? You’ll be amazed at how vinegar and warm water team up in this homemade wood floor cleaner to make your floors clean and shiny. Visit CLEAN MAMA and find out 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. It 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 gives your house a fresh scent, but also gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and germs. Not to mention it will lift your mood, save your immune system, and save you money. Talk about a sanitary makeover!

Remember, sometimes less is more, so all you need is a little bit of liquid to get the cloth or mop wet. 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.

Check out how these bad boys work at The Miracle of Essential Oils or Simply Today Life.

5. Black Tea Bags for The Win!

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Tea is soothing and warm for your body, but did 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 a bag for yourself but also a few extra bags for your floor. 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 with plant-based liquid soap, plus water and vinegar might just be a good choice for a 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 your floor finish needs. In that case, why not use vegetable oil and vinegar as your homemade wood floor cleaner? 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 and apply. To understand how the cleaning power of the vegetable oil and vinegar mixture 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 with using only 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 how she managed to come up with this recipe.

9. Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner

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Grease obtrusively builds up on our kitchen floors as we spend more time cooking. Therefore, that floor should be desperate for some love and care – which is where white vinegar, liquid dish soap, washing soda, and warm tap water come together. They make 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 team up to steal the spotlight from vinegar in this 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 stay beautiful for longer, vacuum or sweep frequently to get rid of particles that tend to accumulate and leave unwanted marks.
  • Damp mopping should be minimized, so clean your floor regularly using a dry microfiber pad or a dust mop.
  • Clean spills immediately, and prevent water or any liquid pooling on the surface of your floor.
  • If you own a pet, make sure to trim their nails to avoid 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 keep your floors beautiful.

Video Tutorial by Bunnings

Remember, you don’t need anything super fancy – just a few everyday household items and a bit of knowledge to make a Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner. You’ll 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.