Over the past 5 years, I have worked hard to find a homemade cleaning solution to replace just about all of the store bought cleaners. I have found that making my own cleaners is cheaper and they clean better than the store-bought brands. Plus, homemade cleaners just smell better too!
Recently when I started mopping a room I was really turned off by the horrible smell of the mopping solution I had bought. It smelled very fake and had a smell that lingered in the house all day. I decided it was time to come up with my own homemade floor cleaner.
I wanted to come up with something that cleans the floors without having to scrub, gets rid of any grease spatters on the floor, doesn’t make the floor sticky, and smells natural. After some playing around I came up with a mopping solution that smells great and does a fantastic job of cleaning. It works great on my tile and vinyl flooring. I wouldn’t recommend it on hardwoods or laminates. If you want clean looking floors without all the scrubbing, check out this powerful homemade floor cleaner.
You will want to start with 2 gallons of hot water. I have found that the hotter the water the easier it is to clean the floors. Especially your kitchen floors which can tend to get greasy.
Once you have added the water to the mop bucket pour in 1 tablespoon dish detergent, 2 tablespoons super washing soda, and 1/3 cup vinegar. Make sure you are using washing soda not baking soda. I bought mine at Menards, but you can also find it on Amazon too.
If you would like you can also add some essential oils to the mix. I like to add about 10 drops of lemon essential oil to the bucket. It gives the cleaner a light smell without being overwhelming. You could also use a pine essential oil if you preferred.
Use your mop to mix up the cleaning solution and start to mop. I recommend cleaning all of your floors while the solution is still really warm. Once you are finished cleaning the floors you can dump the solution and wash out your bucket.
It only took a few minutes to mix up a batch of this homemade floor cleaner but it worked (and smelled!) so much better than the solutions that you buy in the store. Ditch your fake smelling store-bought cleaner and make the switch to this more natural and better smelling homemade floor cleaner.
Homemade Floor Cleaner
2 gallons hot water
1 tablespoon dish detergent
2 tablespoons super washing soda
1/3 cup vinegar
Mix all ingredients into a bucket making sure to use very hot water. Use to clean any tile or vinyl flooring. Not recommended for hardwood or laminate flooring.
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