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


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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  1. Your floor cleaner is the best, no kidding. My kitchen and bathroom floors are linoleum and laminate everywhere else and were dull. Commercial products did nothing. They look new, shiny and are not slippery. Best tip ever. Thank you.

  2. So, she never replies here, but I’m going to post anyway. I was just about to make this but I wanted to do a little cross-checking first. There are a lot of hardwood floor sellers that say you SHOULD NOT use water and vinegar to clean hardwood floors. In many cases, it actually voids the warranty. I am wondering if using this solution with rubbing alcohol could help evaporate the mixture faster and prevent moisture damage, but I don’t know enough about combining different ingredients to know if that’s wise or if that would damage hardwood floors either.

  3. The first thing you need to be aware of is that there are different hardwood flooring cleaners that are made for specific kinds of floors. A tile cleaner would not be a good idea for a hard wood floor, so read the directions carefully or you could do more damage than good. When you are looking for a hard wood floor cleaner make sure the manufacturer says that it is specifically designed for wood floors or pre-enameled flooring.

  4. Hello Melissa, I am new in your channel and I love it, first of all I would like to congratulate you.
    I have seen that you use a lot the “dish shoap” for your “recipes”, but what ingredients mean that?
    There are a ton of dish soaps that have ingredients very harmful.

    Thank you.

  5. Hi Melissa, please can you tell me where I can find the recipe for a homemade tile cleaner? We have tiles and we use tile cleaner from the store, but would rather like to make our own. I typed tile cleaner in the search field but cannot seem to find a recipe. Please help?

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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?


  9. 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!

  10. 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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