If you’re ready to make your cleaning products clean products, this DIY floor cleaner is for you! Ever worry that the products you use to clean your house might not actually be good for you? A lot of store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals and toxins…that just makes cleaning seem a little counterproductive. And all-natural cleaners can be tough on the budget. If you’ve never made your own household cleaning products, don’t worry. This DIY floor cleaner is easy, and only calls for 3 simple ingredients that are easy to find (one of them is water!)
- 1 ½ cup water
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- 20 drops essential oils
- Optional: you can add a teaspoon of olive oil to help polish floors. But make sure you wipe the floors dry completely as the oil can have a very slippery effect!
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a glass spray bottle. Spray onto floors and wipe clean with a cloth or mop. You don’t need to rinse! You can also mix the ingredients directly in your mop bucket if you want to mop that way!
This DIY floor cleaner is generally safe to use on most finished floors. But if you’re concerned about how the cleaner will affect your floor, just do a patch test in a corner first!
Which Essential Oils to Use?
You can use whatever essential oils you like! Mix and match with your favorite scents and beneficial properties.
To get started, here are a few essential oils that are great for cleaning due to their antimicrobial properties:
- Tea tree
A few of our favorite oil combos for floor cleaner:
- Antimicrobial and Fresh: tea tree, lemon, and eucalyptus
- Homes with Pets: lavender and rosemary (safe for pets to inhale….but don’t let them lick the wet floors!)
- Baby Safe: lavender (not recommended for little hands or feet until the floors are dry, to avoid children ingesting essential oils)
- Clean Energy: peppermint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus (all of these essential oils are antimicrobial and known to boost energy and mood!)
- Cozy and Sanitizing: cedarwood, tea tree, and orange
- Clean Kitchen Inspiration: rosemary, oregano, lemon