Your flooring is an integral part of your home. It makes up a significant percentage of your overall investment, so you want to ensure it's kept in good shape.
There are many different ways to care for your flooring, but if you have a grubby little floor or your kids have been playing on it without much supervision, you may need to clean it. You can use commercial floor cleaners, but they're not always safe for your family's health.
As a rule of thumb, you should never use household cleaners to clean your floor. The chemicals in them can damage the flooring and cause damage to the home.
Instead, try making your own homemade floor cleaner that's safer for everyone in the house!
This article will show you how to make homemade floor cleaner that works well and is safe for your family.
Homemade Floor Cleaner Ingredients
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Baking Soda
- Dish Soap
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
Best Homemade Floor Cleaner - All-Purpose
If you want to clean your floors but you're not sure what kind of floor cleaner to use, consider using a homemade floor cleaner.
Here are all-purpose cleaner ideas for cleaning your floors:
- 2 gallons of warm tap water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 tsp dish soap
- 5-10 drops of lemon juice (Optional)
This mixture will help kill germs and bacteria on your floors, so they don't spread to other surfaces in your home or office.
Homemade Tile Floor Cleaning Solution
Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts warm water in a spray bottle. Spray on all tiles, then wipe with a damp cloth to remove dirt and grime. The vinegar solution will help neutralize any odor-causing bacteria in your tile, making it easier to clean.
Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup water in a bucket or bowl. Spread the mixture on a wet sponge or cloth, then scrub the stain until it disappears or comes out easily with soap and water. For stubborn stains, try using a brush instead of your hands.
Mix 3 tablespoons borax powder with 10 cups hot water in a bucket or bowl until dissolved. Apply this paste directly onto your stained area (not on other surfaces), let sit for 15 minutes, then scrub away with a nonabrasive sponge or soft-bristle brush (or use an ammonia-free dish detergent). Rinse thoroughly with clear water and dry completely before applying new sealant overtop of this treatment
Homemade Vinyl Floor Cleaner
You can make your own floor cleaner for vinyl flooring using vinegar, dish soap, and baking soda solution. The recipe is simple and inexpensive, but it does require some time to prepare. Here are 3 easy homemade vinyl floor cleaner recipes:
The Vinegar Solution:
Vinegar is a great way to remove tough stains from your vinyl floor. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a large bucket or bowl. Add enough water so that you have a somewhat thick paste-like consistency. Distribute the mixture evenly over your vinyl flooring. Then work into small sections with a mop or brush until all of the liquid has been absorbed into the surface.
Baking Soda for Stains:
Baking soda is excellent at removing tough stains from your vinyl floor. Mix one part baking soda with two parts water and apply it to the surface of the stain with a soft cloth or sponge. Let it stand for about 10 minutes before scrubbing away!
Dish soap will also remove tough stains from vinyl floors without leaving behind any residue. Just mix dish soap into the water until you have a thick paste and apply it directly onto your vinyl floor using a spray bottle or Squirt bottle. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before wiping up any excess liquid with clean rags or towels.
Homemade Carpet Cleaners
Vinegar, baking soda, and salt are common household items used as homemade carpet cleaners.
Vinegar has a mild acidity that effectively removes dirt from the carpet's surface. This cleaner is also effective at removing stains from light-colored carpets and upholstery. Still, it's best not to use vinegar on carpets in heavy traffic areas like in front of appliances or near entryways.
Baking soda is another option for homemade carpet cleaners. Baking soda is alkaline, which means it will neutralize the acidity of the vinegar and help prevent stains from developing on the surface of your carpet. It works especially well on dark carpets because it absorbs moisture without leaving residue or odor behind.
Salt is an affinity for water and can be used to rinse pet urine stains, vomit stains, and other hard-to-remove stains in your carpeting. However, you should not use salt on deep-pile carpets or those with high traffic areas where you expect your guests to walk on them frequently (such as in front of an entertainment center).
In this article, we've sought to lay out a workflow for cleaning each of the most common flooring types in your home. By sticking to simple ingredients, you can safely clean your floors without using potentially harmful chemicals.
After reading through the different recipes above, you should have all you need to get your floors clean and shiny without resorting to a store-bought cleaner.
Last updated on February 24th, 2024