Next time when you go to shop for a floor cleaner, make it a point to read the ingredients list. Here’s a sampling of what substances you will probably see on the labels.
Methylisothiazolinone, Dipropylene glycol, Ammonium chlorides, Dialkyl dimethyl, Didecyldimethylammonium chloride, Artificial fragrances, Preservatives, etc.
I don’t need to tell you that most of these ingredients are not natural in any sense, and are well known to have health issues and environmental- hazards. Certainly, not what you will want to use!
In this article, you will find a homemade floor cleaner recipe – an ideal cleaner to get your tile, wood, vinyl or laminate as streak-free & shiny as a commercial stuff without allowing any chemical in to your home.
Homemade Floor Cleaner That Is Safer For Indoor Air-Quality
Store bought cleaning products contribute considerably to indoor air pollution. For people with asthma or allergies, indoor air quality is a serious concern. Many commercial floor cleaners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can lead to major health issues, including cancer.
When you make your own homemade natural cleaner, you actually know what you’re going to use in your home – allowing you to avoid dangerous combinations.
Easier On Your Pocket
If you are not yet convinced to switch to a homemade mopping solution, consider the money you can save. The price of a good store-bought floor cleaner will make a big hole in your pocket! Over time, these expenses will add up to cost you a fortune – but it will not if you use this homemade floor cleaner.
Homemade DIY Hard Floor Cleaner
This homemade mopping solution cleans almost all kinds of hard flooring. It not only removes grime, but also leaves behind a nice shine. It works on:
(iii) Tile, Vinyl & Linoleum, and.
(iv) Marble or Granite.
How To Make Homemade Floor Cleaner At Home?
What Ingredients You Need & What They Do?
(i) Water: Loosens grime & helps the other ingredients combine well.
(ii) Distilled White Vinegar: Offers mild disinfection & degreases. My formula ensures vinegar is diluted to such an extent that it is safe for natural stone surfaces like granite & marble and it’s not acidic enough to cause itching.
(iv) Rubbing alcohol that is Isopropyl (70%): Quickens evaporation to avert streaks. Helps disinfect & degreases.
(v) Liquid Dish Soap: Dissolves bonds between floor and dirt, degreases and cleans.
(v) Essential Oil: It’s Optional ingredient to counteract the smell of rubbing alcohol & vinegar. Make sure sure the essential oil you use is not a compound (that is, those with fragrance added to an oil). If you have pets or children, verify the safety of any essential oil you use.
You will need:
(i) Water: 2 cups warm water
(ii) Distilled White vinegar: 1/2 cup
(iii) Rubbing Alcohol (70%): 1/4 cup
(iv) Liquid Dish Soap: About 1/8 teaspoon ( I don’t recommend Castile soap because it is an oil-based soap and leaves streaks)
(v) Essential oil (optional): 5-10 drops
Method # 1 – For Use In A Spray Bottle
Mix all of the above ingredients and gently swirl to mix well. Lightly spray about three-foot sections then wipe off using a mop. This method is best for touch-up mopping or small areas.
Method # 2 – For Use in a Bucket
Scale up the ingredients given amounts, depending on the size of the bucket.
For Both Methods
(i) You do not have to rinse after using the cleaner.
(ii) Let the floors dry completely before walking on them.
(iii) You can store the remaining homemade floor cleaner in a dark, cool for up to 1 month.
If you don’t want to use vinegar, here is Vinegar free homemade all purpose cleaner recipe