Hard flooring, whether wood, tile, or vinyl, brings a room alive. However, such flooring is notorious for being perpetually dirty. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend your life cleaning the floor: mopping and brushing. In truth, the only way to get a perfectly clean hard floor is to hire a professional. However, you can’t hire someone every week. We know many people who hire a commercial cleaner in Cambridge once a month, have regular domestic, “surface level” type cleans, then so some daily cleaning and tidying themselves. For day to day cleaning, most people and businesses DO take a DIY approach. But doing hard floor cleaning correctly and giving it the attention it needs, can be a costly business. Floor cleaners are pricey items. Plus, they’re full of irritants that affect humans and pets alike.
As such, many people make their own. You might seem wary of the idea at first. But there are several great reasons to start making your own floor cleaner. First, it improves indoor air quality – no more noxious fumes from heavy-duty cleaners. It’s also a benefit to your budget. Even the most complicated homemade concoctions are still cheaper to assemble than your average floor cleaner.
So, if you’re ready to give it a go, here’s…
How to make your own floor cleaner
What you will need
- Water: Acts as a solvent for other ingredients.
- White vinegar: Perfect for degreasing and disinfecting surfaces.
- Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70%): A natural disinfectant.
- Liquid dish soap: Soap is vital for cleaning, as it breaks down dirt and grease. Avoid oil-based soaps as these will leave streaks and smears.
- Essential oils: You don’t want your home smelling of vinegar or alcohol. A small amount of essential oil will offset the smell.
Cleaning your floor
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, it’s time to mix them together. You need to decide how you want to apply your floor cleaner: use a spray bottle or via a bucket.
For a spray bottle, take:
- 500 mL of warm water
- 120 mL of distilled white vinegar
- 60 mL of isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70%)
- 1/8 tsp of dish soap
- 6 – 10 drops of essential oils
Place these ingredients in a jug and mix thoroughly. Then pour gently into the spray bottle.
If you’re using a bucket, simply adjust your measurement depending on the size of the bucket you are using. Be careful not to make too much.
Cleaning wood flooring
The above recipe is perfect for tile or vinyl flooring. However, with wood flooring, it pays to be a little more delicate. Consider the following recipe as an alternative.
- 4.5 liters of hot water
- 180 mL of olive oil
- 120 mL of lemon juice
Get a bucket, then mix the ingredients together. Use a mop to apply to the floor. Let the wood floor air dry. The lemon juice will cleanse the floors, while the olive oil polishes the wood. You’ll be amazed at how effective the mixture is.