20 Homemade Floor Cleaners For A Sparkly Clean House

Mopping is one of my least favorite chores. At least, it was until I stopped using store-bought cleaners and transitioned to homemade solutions. The store-bought stuff never seemed to clean my floors (they’re mainly wood, laminate, and tiles) and left them feeling tacky to the touch.

I also hated the odor of anything store-bought. Everything was intensely over scented, and I was often left with a headache. I didn’t start using homemade concoctions all at once. First, I tried a heavily diluted, regular brand name cleaner in my spray mop.

The tacky feeling disappeared, but I still hated the scent left behind. So I then started adding a few drops of essential oils to my mop’s water canister, and I was hooked! I could customize the cleaning smell so it wouldn’t make me feel nauseous anymore. Why stop there, though? Why not create a floor cleaner from scratch?

If you’re sick of spending money on harsh store-bought floor cleaners or can’t seem to find the right one to clean your home’s floors properly, try creating your own floor cleaner. You’ll save money, and you’ll know exactly what’s going in the recipe. Choose from any of the DIY floor cleaner recipes listed below and opt for a natural cleaning solution that will leave your floors sparkly clean.

Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Essential oils

The first floor cleaner recipe on this list is suitable for all flooring types and doesn’t leave behind ugly streaks. The multipurpose solution is super simple and requires many ingredients you likely have on hand — vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and a bit of gentle dish soap.

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The author includes guidelines on how to use the solution in different ways and breaks down the reasoning for including every ingredient.

Natural Floor Cleaners

Ingredients

  • Vary based on recipe

The Wellness Mama’s floor cleaner post includes several cleaning recipes including an option for wood floors, an all-purpose cleaner, and a carpet stain remover. Vinegar features heavily in all of them.

Homemade Floor Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Essential oils

Are you interested in a non-toxic floor cleaner recipe that’ll leave you with shiny floors? Look no further. The author has refined the solution over time and created a simple all-purpose cleaner that works not just on floors but on other surfaces, too. A quick word of caution: It’s not suitable for natural stone surfaces because of the vinegar included.

DIY Natural Homemade Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Sal Suds
  • Essential oils

Did you know that many essential oils also have antibacterial properties? I use them all the time to make my house smell good and for aromatherapy purposes.

3-Ingredient DIY Floor Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Washing soda
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar

Need a solution for your grimy kitchen floors? This recipe from Australian blog Frugal and Thriving is especially good for ridding tiled flooring of stuck-on dirt.

Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Water

The picture in this post shows everything you need, and the before-and-after photos are convincing, too. The solution doesn’t require any rinsing, so it’s easy to use.

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

dry mop floor cleaner
Image courtesy of Mom 4 Real

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Dish soap

Wood floors are tough to maintain. Using the wrong cleaner can leave them looking dull and over time, may even damage them. This homemade cleaner is made especially for wood flooring and designed to leave them streak-free and shiny clean.

Degreasing Homemade Floor Cleaner

degreasing floor cleaner
Image courtesy of One Good Thing By Jillee

Ingredients

  • Washing soda
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap

Tackling greasy kitchen floors is no picnic, but with the right cleaning solution, it’s possible to make the task a little easier. The recipe outlined on this page suggests using very warm water to help dissolve stuck-on bits of food and cut through grease.

Citrus All-Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner

vinegar, alcohol, and essential oil floor cleaner
Image courtesy of Hello Nest

Ingredients

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Orange essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Dish soap
  • Hot water

I love the smell of citrus, but I hate the artificial citrus scent of most store-bought cleaning products. A real lemon? Heck yes. Fake lemons? Heck no. The recipe from Hello Nest includes rubbing alcohol (which aids in drying) and two essential oils: tea tree (which is naturally antimicrobial) and orange oil (which smells delicious).

Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipes for Spray Mops

Ingredients

  • Vary by recipe

I adore my spray mop. I have yet to return to a regular mop and bucket because it reminds me of the cleaning chores I once had to do as a service worker. This recipe was created especially for spray mops and is super simple.

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Vinegar and water, that’s it. There are also several recipe alternatives for those who prefer to skip the vinegar.

Forest Fresh Floor Cleaner

forest fresh floor cleaner
Image courtesy of One Essential Community

Ingredients Required:

  • Water
  • Castile soap
  • Pine and cypress essential oils

Here’s another multipurpose recipe that utilizes hot water from the tap. The recipe makes a large supply so it’ll last you a while. I love the addition of pine and cypress essential oils. It’s the perfect winter-scented floor cleaner.

DIY Laminate Floor Cleaner

ingredients for diy floor cleaner
Image courtesy of Clean Mama

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vinegar
  • Essential oils

This recipe for laminate floors also includes the optional addition of essential oils. Orange and peppermint are suggested — which (I think) sound fantastic!

DIY Floor Cleaner for Linoleum and Tile

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap

Heavy-duty dirt and grime are no match for this natural floor cleaner which includes a drop of Dawn Dish Soap and baking soda.

Homemade Floor Cleaner Mix

Ingredients

  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Essential oils

This recipe from a floor cleaning company includes all the usual culprits, and they suggest adding 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Vinegar-Free Cleaner for Hardwood Floors

homemade cleaner for hardwood floors
Image courtesy of The Make Your Own Zone

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap

Don’t want to use vinegar in your homemade floor cleaning solution? Totally understandable. The author explains that they’re not keen on vinegar solutions because vinegar is not an ideal ingredient for use on real hardwood. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol in place of vinegar and includes a squirt of dish soap.

Laminate and Tile Floors Mopping Solution

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

I love that the author of this recipe suggests patch testing a part of your floor. A lot of people who move into a new home might not really know the state of their flooring. Not sure if your hardwood is real? Not sure if it’s waxed? Do a patch test.

DIY Multipurpose Floor and Glass Cleaner

Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Castile soap

This cleaner serves as a dual floor and glass cleaner. My dogs are always slobbering all over our living room windows and glass coffee table, so I love the idea of a dual-purpose cleaning solution. This is another recipe that’s a great option for spray mops.

Magic Homemade Floor Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Hot water
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Sal Suds
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Sweet orange essential oil

There are lots of essential oils in this solution, and unlike other recipes, they’re the star. Oils will make your house smell lovely. The author includes a suggestion for essential oils to use and gives amounts to include.

Vinegar Mopping Solution

Ingredient

  • Vinegar

This recipe is an easy solution for your mop bucket, and at the tail end of the SPM page, you’ll find a variety of additional cleaner recipes to peruse.

Make Homemade Floor Cleaner With Borax

all natural floor cleaner
Image courtesy of Homemade For Elle

Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Hot water
  • Essential oil
  • Borax

Are you struggling to clean your filthy floors? This recipe includes borax as an optional ingredient for when your floors need a serious refresh.

Written by Steph Coelho

Steph Coelho has been digging in the dirt for over a decade. She is a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor and has taught gardening classes in her local community. As a freelance writer, she seeks to educate others about the wonders of this rewarding hobby by providing honest information based on real-life experiences. She also knows that a gardener never stops learning.

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