DIY Floor Cleaners (Hardwood, Laminate, & Vinyl)


Can I tell you one of the hardest things to keep up with? One of the things Chad and I are constantly cleaning? The floors. They’re easy to ignore until you find three-day-old shriveled cereal bits, tiny chunks of dried Play-Doh, or clumps of pet hair so large they may require a collar. The true telltale sign of floors that are a little too ripe for comfort? Discolored socks. We’ve all been there before, feeling that slight stickiness underfoot, or seeing swathes of crap stuck to the bottom of a barefoot or sock. I know when this happens at our house, things have really fallen off the rails and I’ve had a few more days of this than I’d like to admit over the past year.

If you’d like to make your own hardwood floor cleaner, use these classic recipes we have sworn by for years. When making your own recipe, you can either whip it up in a spray bottle, small bowl, or increase the recipes and make them in a bucket.

How To Clean The Floor

There are a few options here: my favorite way to clean floors is to fill a small bowl with the floor cleaning solution, saturate several mop pads, and then I’ll swap them out as I clean. When one’s spent, I’ll rinse it and place it back in the bowl for soaking, or if it’s too grimy for that I’ll toss it into the wash pile.

My husband Chad, on the other hand, prefers the spray bottle method. He’ll use the spray bottle to apply the solution to a small section, use a mop to wipe it clean, and then move on to a new section and repeat.

Whichever method you choose, the key here is to always use the W-Pattern with your mop strokes, and to always work your way out of a room, not into a corner. To do this you just need to start at the point furthest away from the door and work backward towards that door.

And if you don’t know already, the Maker’s Mop has taken the avid moppers’ collective breaths away. We keep selling out, but you can always sign up to be notified when we’re back in stock.

General Purpose Floor Cleaner

  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/8 tsp Dish Soap
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

Laminate & Luxury Vinyl Floor Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dish Soap
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Hi Melissa . I have been watching your cleaning video since I came to Canada. Each video is helpful for outsider who is new to this country to keep up with cleaning your home like a pro. I would like to have suggestion on what kind of mop should I buy for hardwood floor since this is just beginning of shopping for new home? Thank you .

  2. This is great! My house is entirely laminate floors (minus the laundry room), so I figured I’d better learn how to clean them properly. Coming up on my 1 year anniversary of owning my first home, and I’ve use Clean My Space vids and articles to learn how to clean basically everything in my new house. Would love to see an article/video on cleaning and preparing a guest room!

  3. Some of us still use a rag mop, I am not someone who ” keeps up with the Jones”. I do a figure 8 when mopping never heard of a w motion.

  4. All your videos that I have watched are very helpful. I like your practical approach and you are simply a lovely young lady. Wishing you continued success and look forward to watching new episodes or those I may have missed.

  5. I have read on many flooring sites that it is not a good idea to use vinegar on hardwood floors because it can damage the finish. I would very much like to make my own hardwood floor cleaner using your formula, but now I am hesitant. Am I missing something? Thanks for any input you can provide!

  6. I think that you have changed the way people approach cleaning. You have made it easy, fun and affordable, Thank you for the recipes and tips. I also love that you are Canadian.


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