Hardwood Floor Cleaner – Day 5 – 31 Days of DIY Cleaners

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This is a versatile solution which requires no rinsing and can be used either in a spray bottle and applied with a flat head mop, or with a microfiber head wring mop.  Using just a touch of soap will help gently lift dirt but not leave residue behind and your floors sticky underfoot. The vinegar helps to cut grease and residue and reveal the floor’s natural shine.

  • 1/2 teaspoon dish soap 
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar 
  • 2 cups water 

Feel free to add in a few dashes of your favourite essential oil for a nice scent!  Shake solution up in a spray bottle, spray a section of floors and mop with your flat head mop.  If you are using this solution in a bucket, double the soap and vinegar and quadruple the water.Always remember to wring your mop out very well and mop in the direction of the wood grain to reduce the appearance of streaks.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I have heard that vinegar dries out wood floors that have been coated with polyurethane. Does your recipe compensate for that? Thank you, Gloria

  2. Hi Melissa!
    Since we don’t have white vinegar here, is it the same if I use a cheap grape vinegar I can find in the market? Could it be too strong to use as a cleanser?

  3. I like to use a little bit of Citra-Solve, an orange oil based concentrated cleaner. 1st question: Can this kind of cleaner be used with microfiber cloths? 2nd question: Do you have any DIY recipe with this ingredient that does not leave residue?

    Thanks

  4. This recipe seems much more concentrated than the one in the “how to clean hardwood floors” video, but maybe I’m just doing the math wrong. Can you clarify? Thanks!

  5. Melissa,

    I have old fashioned waxed hardwood floors and water makes dark grey/black marks on the grain and looks terrible. Is this solution just for the new laminate wood floors?

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