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DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

We’re back with another DIY Natural Cleaning Recipe!

Today we’re making a safe, natural and effective floor cleaner that will put those toxic store-bought cleaners to shame!

Why make your own DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner?

For those who have been following R+R since the beginning (next month marks our one year anniversary, btw…holy cow, that went fast!!), you’re likely very well versed by now on why you should make your own cleaning products.

If not, this story I wrote for The TODAY Show about why DIY Homemade cleaning products are infinitely better than toxic, expensive store-bought cleaners should do the trick.

The quick and dirty of it: store-bought cleaners are loaded with toxins and harmful chemicals that pollute not only our homes and our bodies, but also the environment.

But perhaps the easiest reason to get on board with making your own cleaners is the ridonkulous SAVINGS!!!

My recipe for Homemade Bathroom Cleaner costs just $1.29 to make; Granite/Marble Countertop Cleaner only $1.27; Natural Dryer Sheets are just $.018/load; and DIY Glass + Window Cleaner is only $0.74!

Are you kidding? Couple those prices (which are many dollars cheaper than even the most basic store-bought cleaners!) with the fact that DIY-ing your own cleaning products is beyond easy (seriously…pour some ingredients into a bowl, stir and you’re done!) and it just doesn’t make sense to buy cleaning products anymore, regardless of how you feel about toxins.

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is no different! The entire bottle cost me a whopping $0.55 to make, compared to store-bought cleaners, which average around $10 per bottle. Take a look:

  • water = FREE (my favorite price!)
  • white vinegar (I paid $11.67 for 128 ounces, but I only used 4 ounces = $0.36)
  • sal suds (I paid $48.99 for 132 ounces, but I only used .5 ounce = $0.19)

Total cost = $0.55

Come on! This is just too good!! Less than a dollar?!?!

Related: DIY Natural Carpet Cleaner

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

THE TRUTH: TOXIC FLOOR CLEANERS

If those savings weren’t enough to convince you, I could bet that once you learn what’s really lurking in the store-bought floor cleaners you’ve been using, you’ll be persuaded.

If you pay attention to the food you eat (please tell me you read your labels!), then you should also care about the products you use.

Health isn’t just about what we put in our bodies, it’s also affected by what we put on our bodies.

And household cleaning products are not exempt. It makes sense if you think about it–we’re spraying these cleaners all over our homes, inhaling whatever’s in the mixture as we spray it and long after it’s been applied to every surface. And then we’re touching those surfaces and doing things like eating, touching our skin, and if you’ve got kids, you can bet they’re putting those contaminated hands in their mouths!

The truth is, most popular store-bought floor cleaners on the market (that would be Bona, Swiffer, Pledge, Quick Shine, and Method, which many people mistakenly think to be a safe, natural brand) are rated an F (the most dangerous score) by the EWG.

Or in other words, the cleaners contains significant hazards to health or the environment, and/or companies don’t disclose their full ingredients list, which is a HUGE RED FLAG. What are they trying to hide?

Take a look at some of the most toxic ingredients found in the above floor cleaners:

  • ColorsProven to cause cancer. No thank you.
  • PreservativesThis unspecified ingredient may contain carcinogens like formaldehyde, an asthmagen that also causes severe skin burns and eye damage, allergic skin reactions and is harmful to sea life.
  • Ammonium Hydroxide: This is that ammonia solution we all thought was such an awesome cleaning agent for so long… as it turns out, ammonia not only harms sea life, it also causes respiratory damage and skin irritation, allergies and even vision problems. If you can’t breathe while you’re cleaning something, it likely contains ammonia…skip it!
  • Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether: If you have to think too hard just to figure out how to pronounce something, it’s usually a bad sign. In the case of this chemical, expect to find a slew of negative side effects, from central nervous system impairment and skin and respiratory irritation to a link to drowsiness and dizziness and eye irritation. It’s also riddled with impurities, including ingredients proven to cause cancer, infertility and genetic defects.

A few other gems that can be found in these toxic floor cleaners include alcohol ethoxylates (which may contain ingredients with potential for cancer, developmental, endocrin and reproductive harm, and damage to DNA), and fragrance, another hormone disruptor and asthmagen with links to skin irritation, allergies, nervous system defects and acute aquatic toxicity.

Fortunately, my DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner recipe will have you cleaning hard floor surfaces just as effectively (if not more!) without any of the negative side effects.

RELATED: THE BEST NATURAL STORE-BOUGHT CLEANERS FOR THE DIY-AVERSE

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

CLEANING TIPS FOR DIY NATURAL HOMEMADE FLOOR CLEANER

Rather than using artificial colors, preservatives, ammonia and other toxic chemicals, this homemade floor cleaner is made with just 3 ingredients (one of which is water…doesn’t get much safer than that!) and naturally scented with essential oils.

Now typically, I call for castile soap in my DIY cleaning recipes. But I recently learned the hard way that when combined with vinegar, castile soap becomes unsaponified (meaning it’s no longer soap) and it curdles and creates an oily mess.

So this recipe calls for another one of my favorite Dr. Bronner’s products, Sal Suds. You can combine this safe soap with vinegar, and it becomes one of the most powerful degreasers there is!

Note: Sal Suds does have the natural scent of fir and spruce, so you may find that you don’t even need/want to add essential oils.

But if you do, I recommend using crisp citrus oils  or refreshing green oils (tea tree oil would work particularly well here), which all smell super clean and even naturally have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties, to scent this floor cleaner.

You can use this floor cleaner one of two ways–either add the solution to a spray bottle (I recommend these glass spray bottles, which are the perfect size, pretty to look at and you don’t have to worry about BPA in the plastic) and spray your floor as you go (this is great for spot cleaning) using a microfiber cloth or mop to spread/wipe the cleaner.

Or you can add the solution to a bucket and use a traditional mop the old fashioned way. This is better when you need to clean an entire room’s floors, rather than a spot or small area.

Likewise, if you just can’t part with your Swiffer, simply dump out the toxic cleaning solution that comes with it and fill the bottle instead with this safe and natural floor cleaner.

If you go the spray bottle method, this recipe will obviously make way more than you can fit into a single bottle. So either make multiple bottles, or reduce the recipe by 9 to make enough for just one bottle (hint: that would be roughly 14 ounces of water + 1/2 ounce vinegar + a dash of Sal Suds + a few drops of essential oils).

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

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4.84 from 6 votes
Servings: 132 oz
DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
 
This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sals Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a bottle fitted with a spray top. Or you can pour all ingredients into a large bucket. Shake/stir to combine.
  2. If using a spray bottle, spray onto floor, and use a microfiber mop to clean. If using a bucket, soak a regular mop in the mixture and clean floors with it.
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Cleaning
Author: Kate Kordsmeier | rootandrevel.com

Photo Credit Heidi Geldhauser

This DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner is made with vinegar and Sal Suds to safely and effectively clean hardwood floors, tile, vinyl or laminate.

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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19 comments on “DIY Natural Homemade Floor Cleaner”

  1. I’m always on the lookout for cleaning supplies without all those harmful chemicals. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Good for you health and bank account! Love it!

  3. Hi! I see what you have noted here about combining vinegar with castile soap. However, earlier today I made your furniture cleaner which called for both of these ingredients. After sitting is this combination going to be a problem?? Thanks!

    • Hi, Tricia: To be honest, I’ve heard conflicting information about combining vinegar with castile soap. Supposedly it can curdle, but I haven’t had that happen to me in any of my cleaning supplies. I think that when the ratio is more equal, that may happen but when it’s such a small amount of soap it’s not a problem. Let me know if you have any issues with curdling…you can always use sal suds instead if it does. But like I said, I haven’t had any issues myself and I make these cleaners every month. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much! It’s been a couple days since I made it and haven’t had any issues. I’m loving your recipes. I have 2 kids and our 3rd arriving in a week and a half and I’m always trying to use natural, non toxic products which are very hard to find. I love DIY recipes, that way there are no hidden ingredients. Thank you again!

        • Exactly, you know just what you’re getting when you DIY and it’s SO MUCH CHEAPER! Hope you’re able to try more of our cleaning recipes 🙂

  4. Hi Kate!

    Just checking in to let you know I tried this recipe and LOVED it! My husband hates the smell of vinegar (and I’m not too fond of it myself), but this didn’t even bother me. Now that my son is almost crawling I’m trying to be even more conscious of the chemicals I use cleaning, and look forward to using more of your natural alternatives. Thanks so much for the great recipes!

    • Hey Joy! Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear. I totally get what you mean about the smell of vinegar, but the essential oils really help to mask it here and it doesn’t linger. So glad you liked the recipe and hope you’ll try more! 🙂

  5. If I can’t find the sals suds, what can be a suitable substitute?

  6. Question: can I use a dishwashing liquid as a substitute for the Sals Suds?

    • Hi, Felicia: I wouldn’t recommend doing that, unless your dishwashing liquid is safe and non-toxic. You may have to experiment to make sure it doesn’t curdle… but you could also try castile soap. I know I mentioned that when combined with vinegar it can curdle, but I think because there’s so much water in this recipe, you’re probably okay.

  7. Love all your recipes for cleaning. Been using vinegar for cleaning and love me some EO. I use the spray bottle method as we have laminate floors and also lavender as we also have scorpions. Now I know everyone has an opinion but we usually go all summer without having to Spray chemicals and have been blessed. Thank you for the sal suds. Have not heard of them. Will be going out and getting some. ????

    • Thanks so much for writing in, Audra! That’s so amazing you haven’t had to spray any chemicals. The power of natural ingredients is amazing, isn’t it? I think people always assume they’ll be less effective, but I’ve found the opposite to be true, and I’m glad you have too! You should check out our DIY Cleaning eBook if you haven’t already: https://rootandrevel.com/joinlibrary I think you’d love it!

  8. I make a similar thing, alway with grapefruit; though factoring in the price of essential oils ithe per ounce price is more than 55 cents, though it’s hard to calculate by drops.

    • Hey Margot! Yum, love the smell of grapefruit essential oils 🙂 I use that sometimes, too. I calculate the cost of essential oils by how measuring exactly how many ounces are used, so 55 cents is exactly the cost for this recipe, using that brand. Happy Cleaning to you 🙂

  9. Thank you, I’ve been using just vinegar and water to damp mop the wood flooring here at home. I add whatever essential oil I feel I need each time I refill the Bona container (bought it without the cleaner for it). Have been wondering what to add to it for the kitchen flooring, however, and will definitely be getting some sals suds now for some extra de-greasing when needed. The more I get into essential oils the more I’ve been looking for recipes like the ones you provide. DR Z and Mama Z are another favorite place for me to go for recipes. In fact I think it was through one of his newsletters that I found you. So thank you to Dr Z, there. I use white vinegar so much, even add to the softener dispenser in the washing machine. Again adding EO’s (love lavender or ylang ylang in sheets and all things related to sleep, Rosemary and a touch of peppermint to outdoor clothing, and usually some citrus here and there as well. Again, thanks for all the useful information here.

    • Hi, Debra! Thanks so much for reading and writing in 🙂 I’m with you–I love vinegar and use it on everything! Definitely check out sal suds–it’s a powerful product, just don’t use it on your skin. It’s definitely meant for household cleaning 😉 I’ll check out those other sites you mentioned, as I’m not familiar. But that’s so wonderful that Dr. Z brought you to me. I’m so glad to have you here! Have you signed up for our newsletter? You’ll get a FREE copy of our DIY Cleaning eBook when you do 🙂 http://bit.ly/2edKwWs