When my oldest child was about six months old I suddenly became much more interested in finding a natural and homemade floor cleaner recipe because I had a pint-size inspector who would eat/lick anything I missed. We had several different types of floors in our tiny one-bedroom apartment, so I had to experiment with ingredients I had on hand: white vinegar, washing soda, and dishwashing liquid.
Why not use conventional cleaners? Ever read the ingredients in regular floor cleaners, Swiffer Mops, and other floor cleaning products.? Not what I want my little one crawling around in! The great news is that natural homemade floor cleaning solutions are incredibly easy to make and save a lot of money! Am I sounding like a broken record about the natural cleaners yet?
Natural Wood Floor Cleaner
Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (finally a good use for it!) Mix well and rub lightly into floors to bring back shine and clean spots. Add a few drops of essential oil of choice for nice scent. (make sure to wipe off completely to avoid slippery floors!)
Natural All Purpose Floor Cleaner
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and dampen mop. For really tough stains, pre-treat with 2 T washing soda dissolved in 16 ounces of water. Mop well and damp mop with pure water to rinse.
Natural Carpet Stain Removal
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray on stains, let sit for 5 minutes and scrub with soft brush. Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid for tough stains.
For tough grease stains, pour cornstarch liberally on the stain and let sit until dry. Vacuum up and then use method above.
For heavy duty stains that won’t come out, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar and rub into the stain. Let sit until dry and vacuum up. Use methods above if any part of the stain remains.
All-Purpose Floor Cleaner Option:
I recently found something that works on any kind of floors and I even use it to remove stains from carpet. It is called Branch Basics, and it is an amazing natural cleaner that is safe for even chemically sensitive people and that can clean the entire kitchen, entire house, gets stains out of clothes, dirt out of grout lines, cleans an oven like magic and is safe to use on skin. In fact, it is tear free and I’ve been using it for baby shampoo! I’m addicted. You can find out more here. I even feel safe letting my kids clean with it!
How do you clean your home naturally? Share below!