Make Your Own Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner!

Well, the kitchen/laundry room tile installation is complete and I couldn’t be happier!  To say it’s an improvement over our old linoleum floor would be a VAST understatement. :-)  My compliments to “Levi The Tile Guy” (sung to the tune of “Bill Nye the Science Guy”…in my own mind anyway!)…..did a fantastic job! Thank you Mr. Hammond! :-)

I have spent the last SEVERAL days trying to get things back in order and FINALLY, this afternoon, I was ready to give my new floor it’s “first bath”. I have already damp-mopped it a few times in an attempt to clean up the dust and grout residue, but today I decided to give it a good old-fashioned cleaning. With an old-fashioned mop and everything! :-)

And I had just the cleaner in mind. It’s something I found on I know….crazy huh? lol.  I still get a chuckle out of that one. Turns out they have lots of great homemade cleaner-type “recipes”.   Food for the home??

The thing that “sold” me on this cleaner was the grease-cutting factor. I hate a greasy floor and over the last few days I have been cooking a bunch of stuff on the stovetop that seems to be greasing up the place. (I’ve actually been experimenting with a cool idea for cooking the PERFECT steak! So carnivores take note! Blog post coming soon!) :-)

So with the floor freshly swept and all chairs, stools, etc. up off the floor….I was ready for the inaugural mopping of the tile floor!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap (I use Dawn and it’s pretty concentrated/sudsy….so I cut this back to 1 TEASPOON)
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 2 gallons very warm tap water (I think I added closer to 3 gallons to my bucket. I like to give the floor a pretty good soaking!)


DIY Grease Cutting Floor Cleaner


1. Place all the ingredients into a bucket and mix well until sudsy.

2. Mop the area with the solution.

3. Not recommended for waxed floors.

When I first started mopping I was a bit concerned about the suds because typically I just STEAM my floors. But the more area I mopped and watched it dry, the less worried I was. The floor didn’t have any feel or look of soap residue at all. It just looked and felt CLEAN! And grease-free!

Here is what the floor looked like after it’s inaugural cleaning. I’m a very happy homemaker/homeowner today. :-)

DIY Grease Cutting Floor Cleaner


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  1. Abigail says

    Looks great! I had to degrease my kitchen floor yesterday and just used white vinegar. Worked slick!

  2. Ashley C. says

    Love this and can’t wait to try it! Do you think it would get old wax from a floor also? My mom’s floor is so old and has the “residue” from all the waxing back in the day. We want it gone! lol

  3. Ruthie says

    Hi Jillee,

    How about an addition to recipe so that we can make in bulk and add as needed on mopping day?
    I was surprised that you use the old “Carole Burnett” type mop.
    Do you really wring with your Jillee hands?

    Love your website.

  4. Bennie says

    What is Washing Soda? I’ve never heard of it or seen it. Is this recipe okay for linoleum? With the humid summer days my floor is sticky even though it’s clean.

  5. Bennie says

    Also, I don’t have a mop (my kitchen floor is small, maybe 6 feet by 3 feet? Can I use a Swiffer mop??

  6. kim says

    Oh your floor is just gorgeous! Isn’t it the best feeling to wake up and look at a pretty new floor every day?! Enjoy!

  7. WendyB says

    Your new floor is gorgeous! We have travertine floors in our kitchen and foyer. I always just spray it with some white vinegar than use my steam mop on it. It seems to work pretty well. But as we’re moving soon, I may try this recipe just to make sure the floor is really clean before we go. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Judy Ann says

    Jillee states “No recommended for waxed floors”.
    IFyou read the original post on it shows that it makes the wax all gunky.
    Hope this helps.

  9. Erik says

    Poor Milo, just wanted to run in and say hello, and slipped and slid all over the floor

  10. Debi says

    I was wondering what washing soda is. Is that your liquid laundry soap? Sonds crazy but I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for your great tips.


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