Economic homemade floor cleaners work well with ingredients commonly found at the supermarket. Friendly to both the environment and your health, homemade cleaners use non-toxic ingredients derived from natural sources. Commercial cleaners can contain petroleum byproducts, benzene (a carcinogenic) and the harsh chemical ammonia. Homemade floor cleaners contain few, if any, allergy triggers, making them a natural choice in households with asthma and allergy sufferers.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Distilled white vinegar
- Vegetable cooking oil
- Essential oils like lemon or tea tree
Pour 1 gallon warm water into a bucket.
Add 1 cup white vinegar.
Dip your mop or sponge into the bucket and wring it out. Mop the floor as usual. Allow the floor to air dry.
All-Purpose Floor Cleaner
Mix 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 1 cup vegetable cooking oil in a bucket. Increase the amounts proportionally to make a larger batch.
Dip a sponge or rag into the mixture and rub it on the floor until it shines.
Allow the floor to dry thoroughly before walking on it.
Wood Floor Cleaner
Pour 1 gallon hot water into a bucket.
Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and 15 drops essential oil to the water. You can use any essential oil or a combination of scents. Try tea tree, citrus or lavender.
Mop the floor as usual and allow it to air dry. You do not need to rinse it.
Essential Oil All-Purpose
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