The 5 Best Homemade Floor Cleaners for DIYers

A common concern about commercial cleaning products is the uncertainty regarding ingredients and chemicals. Did you know that cleaning products aren’t even required to list all their ingredients?

Plus, when listed, reading the label can sometimes cause more confusion than clarity. Who hasn’t felt more unsettled after seeing seven listed chemicals in a row that they couldn’t pronounce?

The good news is that it’s super easy to create your own homemade floor cleaner. And you’ll be using ingredients you might already have! This is the best way to ensure your floors are clean without exposing your family to harmful fumes or chemical residue.

Why Use Homemade Floor Cleaners?

Homemade floor cleaners are an excellent choice for homeowners on a budget. They’re also a good option for families dealing with various health issues. Additionally, using a homemade cleaner is preferable if you want to keep it eco-friendly.

When we buy commercial products, there’s often uncertainty or doubts about the ingredients. Some harsh chemicals or forms of bleach might be referred to using different names.

We love to find and try out homemade cleaners for various purposes. Not only can it make cleaning cheaper, but it might even make it a little more fun.

A few of the benefits of using homemade floor cleaners are that they're non-toxic, allergen free, inexpensive, better for the environment, and safe around children.

Best Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipes

The benefits of making your own floor cleaner are endless. We tried out a few recipes ourselves to make sure they’re worth mentioning. These are some of our favorite options.


If you want to clean and deodorize your house, you need a solution that’s powerful enough to cut through grime while adding freshness. This recipe is tested and approved by homeowners who prefer to mix this up instead of grabbing a commercial product.

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 ounces of water.
  • A quarter cup of baking soda.
  • 4 ounces of white vinegar.
  • 5 drops of essential oil.
  • Mix the Ingredients. Combine the water and baking soda in a spray bottle, mixing it well. Then add the vinegar. There might be a small reaction when vinegar and baking soda meet — don’t worry, it’s normal. Finish off by adding a few drops of essential oil and give one last shake.
  • Spray and Mop. For this recipe to be very effective, we recommend using a microfiber pad. Spritz as you go and wipe with the mop. Remember, if you’re cleaning hardwood, spray and wipe the area immediately.
  • Rinse. Fill another spray bottle with clean water and use the same method to rinse the floor. This will eliminate any potential residue and help to add shine.


If you want to do a quick clean and don’t want to spend time measuring and mixing ingredients, this is for you. This basic cleaner consists of distilled water and vinegar — it’s one of our favorite tile cleaners.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 gallon distilled water.
  • 4 ounces of vinegar.
  • Combine the Ingredients. Mix the distilled water and vinegar in a bucket. Give it a nice stir to ensure it’s well combined. You can also add a few drops of essential oil such as lemon or tea tree.
  • Mop the Floor. Dip the mop in the solution and wring out the excess. Mop the floor in sections, dipping and wringing the mop as you go. Then, allow the floor to dry. Using only a damp mop means it shouldn’t take long to dry.

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