Wood Floors & Lemon Essential Oils

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Wood Floors & Lemon Essential Oils
Lemon essential oil can be used to clean and polish hardwood floors. (wood background image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Wood floors lend a sense of charm and elegance to a home. Keeping the floors in good condition requires regular cleaning and polishing. For homeowners looking for a nontoxic, eco-friendly wood floor cleaner, lemon essential oil is a good option. The essential oils mix well with household ingredients for a cleaning product that is as safe as it is effective.

Lemon Oil Cleaner Recipe

Lemon essential oils may be combined with other common household ingredients to create a simple, effective hardwood floor cleaner. According to the Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips website, lemon oil floor cleaner requires a bucket of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar, five to 10 drops of lemon oil essential cleaner and dishwashing soap. Pour white vinegar into a bucket of water. Add lemon oil and several drops of liquid dishwashing soap to the mixture. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

Floor Polish Recipe

According to the Craft Stylish website, a simple lemon oil floor polish is made using 1/3 cup olive oil, 2/3 cup lemon juice and five drops of lemon essential oil. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in a clean spray bottle. Carefully add the lemon oil to avoid adding oil in high concentrations.


Homemade floor cleaner can be used in a manner similar to the commercial products, according to the Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips website. Scrub hardwood floors with a natural sponge as lemon oil may cause an adverse reaction with plastic cleaning brushes. Wear rubber gloves to avoid any contact irritation. Allow the floor to dry completely before using the floor polish. The Craft Stylish website suggests shaking the floor polish before each use. Spray a small amount onto the floor. Use a mop to restore the floor's shine and lustre.


While lemon oil cleaners contain no toxic chemicals, they may be harmful if ingested. The Life Organizers website warns that lemon essential oil and products containing this oil should be kept away from children and pets.


According to the Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips website, people should check the purity of their lemon oil prior to making a household floor cleaner or polish. Pure oils will evaporate when poured on a cloth, leaving behind no residue. Pure oils clean more effectively than those that have been diluted with other ingredients. Generally, pure essential oils are more expensive than their diluted counterparts.

Other Uses

In addition to cleaning and polishing hardwood floors, lemon essential oil can be used for a variety of household projects. According to the Life Organizers website, lemon oil can be used to polish leather and wood furniture, clean tarnish from silver and brass, wipe away smudges on stainless steel and clean the hard covers of old books. For all of these projects, put a few drops of essential oil on a clean cloth. Be sure to test a small area of the item first to ensure the lemon oil does not adversely affect it.

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