How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar and vegetable oil

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How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar and vegetable oil
Vinegar and vegetable oil both disinfect and protect wood floors. (bach005/iStock/Getty Images)

Cleaning hardwood floors with commercial floor cleaners isn't necessary. Homemade hardwood floor cleaners work equally well and they are far more earth-friendly and economical. Chances are you already have everything you need to make a homemade hardwood floor cleanser. You can use vinegar and vegetable oil to clean hardwood floors and leave them with a shine. Once you know how to clean your floors with vinegar and vegetable oil you will never have to spend money on expensive hardwood floor cleaners again.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Dust mop
  • Vacuum
  • 500 ml (2 cups) distilled white vinegar
  • 500 ml (2 cups) vegetable oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove all dirt, dust and debris from your hardwood floor with a broom. Follow with a dust mop to remove fine particles. If necessary use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt and debris from hard-to-reach corners and underneath furniture and appliances.

  2. 2

    Pour the distilled white vinegar and vegetable oil into a clean spray bottle. Seal the spray bottle tightly and shake the contents well to blend.

  3. 3

    Clean the floor one section at a time. Spray a small section of your hardwood floor with the vinegar and vegetable oil cleanser. Spray enough cleanser to thinly coat the area you are cleaning.

  4. 4

    Rub the cleanser into the hardwood floor with a clean, soft cloth. Use a separate soft cloth to buff the area dry. Buff in small circular motions.

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