During a recent blog post planning meeting with my “girls,” we realized while we have posted about a grease-cutting floor cleaner, and about keeping wood floors clean, we’ve never done a post specifically about making a DIY cleaner for wood floors! Obviously that just wouldn’t do…so today we’re going to remedy that situation. :-)
It’s easy to see why wood floors have made such a resurgence in recent years. They come in a variety of styles, are durable and long-lasting, and they’re easy to clean. But instead of spending a small fortune on name-brand cleaning solutions for your wood floors, why not opt for an all-natural solution that you can make for pennies?
This solution uses vinegar to clean and deodorize, and the addition of castile soap gives it some extra muscle to power through sticky messes.
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DIY Wood Floor Cleaner
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of castile soap (optional)
In a small bucket, combine the warm water, vinegar, and castile soap. (The soap may “curdle” a bit when it’s mixed with the vinegar, but that’s okay. Just mix it in as best you can.)
Depending on what kind of cleaning tool you’re using, you can either dip your mop directly into the bucket, or pour some of the solution into a spray bottle and apply it to your floors that way.
After sweeping your wood floors to pick up any dirt, dust, or hair, use the cleaning solution to dissolve and wipe away any spills, mud, or general stickiness. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, you just need enough liquid to dampen the mop (or cloth.)
Your floors will shine bright, for a fraction of the cost!
What kind of cleaner do you use to clean wood floors?