Natural Floor Cleaners

How to Make Natural Cleaners

The components required for the following all-purpose cleaning solutions are found almost at every house. Use a harmless and financially efficient cleaner to make your floors and surfaces shine!

Natural Floor Cleaners

Regular cleaning is a determining factor to keep floors clean and preserved, while protecting your investment for years ahead.

It’s easier and quicker to make cleaners at home, since the components required are all of natural sources and will not harm the environment or your property. There are no damaging chemicals in home-made cleaners. Generally, floors should be mopped once a week in high-traffic places, such as the kitchen. Less used rooms will be just fine with biweek or monthly mopping, however. Using chemical solutions for every mopping session is not really healthy for you or your finances, so you might want to try one of the following home-made cleaners. We have also presented a list of deep cleaning tips to help you get grime off deeper layers.

Editor’s Tip: It’s better not to re-use empty cleaner bottles. There might be chemical residue still left inside, and the components you add later for making home-made solution are likely to react and form dangerous substances. Keep the bottles out of reach, somewhere kids and pets won’t be able to come in contact with it.

1. Basic Floor Cleaner

The most common natural component used for cleaning, is vinegar. However, if you have stone floors like marble, avoid using vinegar and try a less acidic cleaner since vinegar can ruin the smoothness in the long run.

You Will Need:

  • 1 gallon distilled water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

How to Make Vinegar Floor Cleaner

Mix vinegar and distilled water in a bucket. If you have stone floors, don’t use vinegar or other acidic cleaners on them, as they may stain or appear erosive. Use a different natural cleaner recipe or simply hot water.

2. Castile Soap Floor Cleaner

Castile soap is a versatile cleaner that works well for laundry, kitchen surfaces, walls, and more. This soap is found both at solid and liquid forms. This tutorial depends on the cleaning effects of grated Castile soap. If you have waxed wood floors, avoid this recipe as it can break down the wax.

You Will Need:

  • 1 Tbsp. castile soap
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 3 drops essential oil

How to Make Castile Soap Floor Cleaner

Measure required amount of grated Castile soap and pour it into the bucket of distilled water. Mix until dissolved, and up to your own preference, add a few drops of essential oil for scent. Keep any extra grated soap in a glass jar to use in future DIY cleaning recipes.

3. Liquid Soap Floor Cleaner

Another substance that does sincere job at cleaning dishes and floors as well, is liquid soap. This DIY cleaner recipe can be personalized with a few drops of essential oil, as well.

You Will Need:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. plant-based liquid soap
  • 10 drops essential oil

How to Make Liquid Soap Floor Cleaner

Mix together water, distilled white vinegar, a plant-based liquid soap, and essential oils in a bucket. If you’ve decided to go for essential oils, pine or lemon are perfect for a clean scent, but feel free to use your favorite oil instead.

4. Vegetable Oil Floor Cleaner

Surprising it might sound, but vegetable oil does actually help clean and polish floor and surfaces at the same time. Make the batch enough to get used up at the end of cleaning session, for it won’t last much effective if kept for long.

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil

How to Make Floor Cleaner with Vegetable Oil

Mix all the components in a spray, put the lid on and shake well. This small-batch floor-cleaning recipe works well for spot treatments.

5. Washing Soda Floor Cleaner

Washing soda does wonders when it comes to cleaning. This substance is usually used to clean off resistant stains, grease and dirt off surfaces and fabrics. Make sure to use hot water to dissolve the washing soda completely.

You Will Need:

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. washing soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap

How to Make Floor Cleaner with Washing Soda

Pour hot water, distilled white vinegar, washing soda, and liquid dish soap together in a bucket. Stir well until it’s combined and unified, then put the solution in spray bottles and let the cleaning begin!

Cleaning Different Types of Flooring

The type of required cleaner depends on your flooring and surface materials. We have listed some tips for you to avoid damaging surfaces. Remember to always test your homemade cleaning solution in an out-of-sight spot to make sure it’s harmless before applying it to your floors.

  • Resilient floors (such as vinyl, cork, and linoleum) are soft and easily scratches. Avoid using abrasive bristle brushes when cleaning them.
  • Laminated floor should majorly be cleaned by sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming up loose dirt. Avoid using too much water or damping the surface.
  • Tile floors should be swept or vacuumed regularly. Use chamois-type mops instead of sponge mop, since sponge might force dirty water into deeper spots and get them further grimy.
  • As most homeowners know, using water on wooden floors is a big no-no. It’s best to use a wood floor mop and special wood floor cleaning product when you have to deep-clean.

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