This Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner not only cleans your floors but also helps maintain their natural shine without leaving any residue. Follow these steps to make your own all-natural wood floor cleaner.
Wood floors add warmth and elegance to any home, but keeping them clean without using harsh chemicals is a concern for many. Luckily, you can create an effective wood floor cleaner using simple, natural ingredients found in your kitchen.
It’s important to remember you are really just cleaning the finish on your floors which is likely a polyurethane (think plastic). You aren’t actually cleaning the wood itself.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional, for fragrance)
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Collect the ingredients needed for your DIY wood floor cleaner. White vinegar acts as a natural cleanser and disinfectant, while the essential oil adds a pleasant fragrance.
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients
In a bucket or large container, combine 1/2 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of warm water. If desired, add 10-15 drops of your preferred essential oil for a pleasant scent. Essential oils like lemon, lavender, or pine can complement the cleaning process while leaving a fresh aroma.
It is really best to use a spray bottle and clean small sections at a time rather than using a bucket and mop and drenching the whole floor.
Step 3: Test in a Small Area
Before using the solution on the entire floor, test it in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage or discoloration.
Step 4: Mop the Floors
Dip a mop or microfiber cloth into the prepared solution, or even better just use a spray bottle of the solution. Wring out excess liquid to avoid over-saturating the wood. Mop the floors in the direction of the wood grain to prevent streaking.
The mop pictured below is my favorite right now. It comes with washable dual-sided cleaning pads.
Step 5: Wipe Dry
After mopping, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any excess moisture from the floor surface. This step helps prevent water damage and ensures a streak-free finish.
Step 6: Allow to Air Dry
Let the floor air dry naturally. Ensure the area is well-ventilated during the drying process.
Step 7: Regular Maintenance
- Clean up spills promptly to prevent damage to the wood.
- Avoid using excessive water or soaking the floors while cleaning, this can seep down between planks and cause warping of the wood.
- For stubborn stains, you can spot-clean with a slightly more concentrated vinegar solution.
Will Vinegar Damage Your Hardwood Floor’s Finish?
The answer is no. The finish of your hardwood floors will wear out over time from wear and tear. But according to Jason Brown Hardwood Floors, it’s good to keep the pH of your cleaner neutral, however, what you clean with is not likely to accelerate the breakdown of the finish.
With this simple DIY recipe, you can effectively clean and maintain your wood floors without exposing your home to harsh chemicals. This all-natural wood floor cleaner not only preserves the beauty of your floors but also contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Embrace the natural approach to cleaning and enjoy your gleaming, naturally refreshed wood floors!