How To Make A Simple Floor Cleaner That Cuts The Grease!

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. 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 grout residue and dust, 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? :-)  Turns out they have lots of great homemade cleaner-type “recipes”.

Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner

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 experimenting with a cool idea for cooking the perfect steak on the stovetop that seems to be really greasing up the place. 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!

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DIY Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner

Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner


*Note: I do not recommend this recipe for waxed floors.

Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner


Add vinegar, dish soap and washing soda to a bucket.

Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner

Add warm water from your tap and mix well.

Grease-Cutting Floor Cleaner

Mop the area with the solution. 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!

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  • Hi Jillee. I have a question about the floor cleaner. Don’t vinegar and washing soda neutralise each other? When I add the vinegar the solution fizzes. Isn’t this counterproductive???

    • Hi Dominic, actually the 2 ingredients work well together. Just like when you mix vinegar and baking soda, the mixture fizzes. This combination is tried and true.

  • I still have a linoleum kitchen floor. Usually we steam it. This time I used peroxide, water and some Dawn lemon dish soap. Amazing ! Came out better than ever.

    • Put a square of Fells Naptha Soap in the outside door threshold. Rub it across the threshold. No crawling bugs for the summer. Our vet in MI recommended and said it would not harm our pets.

  • Hi Jill I have been receiving your ideas for so long now. I am a fan of yours from Jamaica and I am surely enjoying your posts

  • Sorry but I read mostly all of these comments, first the very first picture of the post shows you exactly what Jillie used. An actual picture of the products. ‍♀️ I don’t get the confusion. Also, I don’t understand why everyone’s floors are so greasy. ‍♀️

  • How about using this on a laminate floor. My floor is not greasy…. but after I wash it with the specific cleanser for my floor…. it’s sticky like. You can hear your shoes come up when you walk. Ugh. Tonight when I mopped, instead of the spray, I just used pine sol and a fan to dry the floor quickly.

    • I just use a gallon of warm water and 1 cup apple cider vinegar on my floors. I rinse my mop pad before putting it back in the vinegar water and my floors aren’t greasy or sticky and come out clean. I don’t even have to rinse it off the floor. No buildup and safe for babies and animals.

  • Has anyone had any issues with the smell of vinegar lingering after cleaning with this recipe? I’d love to try it but I seriously can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so I seldom use it to clean! Thanks!

  • Hi, thanks for all the great tips. We don’t have washing soda, I don’t know what that is. Could I just use bicarbonate soda? or is it not the same thing? Thanks.

  • Love all your wonderful ideas! My only concern about this mix for a floor cleaner is that I have a small dachshund that is very low to the ground and the ingredients could be toxic for her. Any ideas for a safe, non toxic way to wash my floor. Thanks, Leslie

    • Hi Leslie! You actually can use this mopping solution with a dog in the house! Vinegar is safe for both dogs and humans to consume. If your dog ate a lot of dish soap, he would have a stomach ache and possibly some vomiting. However, there’s only 1 tablespoon of soap in the whole bucket – there’s no way your dog would lick up enough off the floor to feel sick. The washing soda is also diluted enough that it won’t harm your dog. These are all natural ingredients that are safe for your family and pets. :-)

  • Jillee, I don’t know why, but it drives me crazy that you, and almost everyone else, calls vinyl floors linoleum. They are very different!

    • It should work just wonderfully! In fact, I would suggest using a microfiber rag (instead of the cloths they sell), with this solution. :-) That way, you can machine wash the cloth and you never have to buy the refills!

  • Just used the floor cleaner on my tile floor and it looks great. Only problem I had was with my two cats because they thought it was play time with the mop.

  • […] concerned about the suds because typically I justSTEAM 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. […]

  • First off I love your site. Tried the rug cleaning for cat vomit where you use an iron after. Worked great.

    I want to try the floor cleaner but like several other readers I’d like to know what washing soda is.


  • Add Dawn to your mix. I use 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/3 cup alcohol, 1/3 cup water, 3-4 drops of Dawn and love the results. Google “Homemade Pergo cleaner” and it should be one of first results. I mix bigger batches for mopping, but keep spray bottle handy for spot cleanups.

  • Just finished my floors and they look fabulous!!! Thanks Jillee!! Will definitley be using this all the time! I did use baking soda, instead of washing soda but will try it next time. :D

    • We had our hardwood floors finished with polyurethane, several years ago, the great fellow who finished our floors and they’re shiny, just as I had asked him to do, said to use water very sparingly, and to wipe the area dry where you used the water. He suggested only using Swiffer Dusting cloths on the device that hold the Swiffer cloths and they can be purchased at any Supermarket. They work like a charm, and once the cloth is dirty, toss it.

  • […] One Good Thing – where I get many DIY cleaner and personal care “recipes.”  Love Jillee’s fantastic alternatives to store bought chemicals!    via […]

    • You can purchase this at your local grocery store or target where they sell laundry soap items. It says on the box. Household cleaner and laundry booster. Used for bathroom, kitchen,upholstery,silver, and outdoor furniture. Great for grout toilets microwaves stainless steel. It’s wonderful. Get a box. It’s inexpensive. I add a scoop to my laundry. It’s pure and natural too.

  • I have used this mix for over a year now and it works wonders!!! I like a nice clean, smooth surface for bare feet and this does it in my kitchen and bathrooms. I am considering trying it on some wanna be wood floor as well. My expectations are high.

  • For anyone who wonders, washing soda and baking soda are different forms of sodium carbonate. If you have baking soda, you can use to to make washing soda. All you do is put it in the oven and heat (although I don’t know specific details-there are how-tos all over Pinterest!) baking soda is considerably cheaper! Hope this helps!!!!!!

    Ps Jillee, I always read your awesome ideas and I’m gonna give this one a try!!!!

    • Me too, since my mom was an Avon lady in the 60s! Any floor type as well. In Canada in the winter, you m ight not want to go out…

  • I heard several years ago, from a cleaning company employee, that you should not use vinegar on floors that have a finish as this would strip the finish. Has anyone heart the same thing? This sounds like it would do a wonderful job, but I would hate to strip down the finish on my floors. I like to use murphys oil soap mixed with hot water.

  • Hands and knees scrubbing with a nylon brush. Use cleaner of choice. Only thing that works for me and a 1yo, 3yo and 5 yo messes. I only do this when I notice it is really bad in the grout. Otherwise I steam mop. I want to try this jillee cleaner for greasy floor days

  • I have those “faux wood” laminate floors (they also have a texture to them, like ridges), and I can NOT get the spots off them no matter which cleaner I use, which mop I use, and how hard I scrub with them. It is so frustrating. I am going to try your formula. If this works, I will be one happy woman!

  • Carole Burnett mop! lol! Love it. :-) I do pull the ole Carole Burnett mop out on occasion. Mostly when I want to really “soak” the floor. And yes, I did wring it with my hands! Right after my manicure even! Which reminded me why I don’t often GET manicures! lol

  • washing soda is a highly alkaline “laundry booster” product, sodium carbonate not sodium BIcarbonate so don’t confuse the two. ;) It’s often sold in the laundry aisle in a dishwasher detergent sized box.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

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