Looking for easy homemade mop cleaning solutions at home?
While most people love to use store-bought cleaning products, others may be allergic or simply prefer to use homemade, natural ingredients.
This way, you are sure of what’s going into your formula.
Plus, not all products are streak-free for instance, and many use heavy chemicals that are pretty hazardous to use around children as well.
The following mixes and recipes will leave your floors not only sparkly clean but also residue-free and feeling fresh as ever.
I have been using all of these solutions when I was working as a housekeeping manager at a hotel. The director wanted to save on cleaning products because he was in a bad financial situation. We then had to find alternative and less expensive solutions to clean the rooms. So we all sat down and concerted together, we came out with these solutions.
Ready to begin?
1. Just Plain Vinegar
Probably one of the most popular cleanings “solutions” out there is vinegar.
It is a natural disinfectant and antibacterial mop solution that works exceptionally well. It doesn’t leave any strange chemical residues on the floors.
Some people, however, dislike the smell it has. But, while you will sense the strong scent of vinegar while you clean and mop, it will quickly fade away as it dries. Especially if you have a couple of windows wide open.
Besides, it is extremely powerful to cover any strong smell such as dog urine.
Shiny, beautiful, and disinfected floors. You can use 3 different mixes to clean dirty floors and if the area you’re meaning to mop is rather small, cut the recipe in half.
1gal of warm water + ½ cup white vinegar (distilled)
1gal of water + ½ white vinegar (distilled) + 2 tbs of gentle dish soap
1gal of water + ½ white vinegar (distilled) + a few drops of lemon juice or scented oils of your preference. Even essential oils for the scent if you know how to use them. This recipe is specially made for those who dislike the smell of vinegar
2. Window Cleaner
This isn’t a natural ingredient but it’s something you surely have in your pantry.
It also counts as one of the simplest products to mop your floors and you might not have even known it.
Of course, window cleaners work wonders on glass and mirrored surfaces, but it’s also great for mopping. Besides, it smells good.
Window cleaners are usually formulated to leave no streaks and even remove them from shiny surfaces. Some high-quality ones will eliminate the necessity to buff your flooring depending on the type of surface you’re working on.
Window cleaner works exceptionally well as a spot cleaner as well. Spray a bit of solution directly from the bottle and use a wet mop to clean away any sticky or dirty spots from the floor.
The great thing about using a window cleaner is that you don’t have to purchase several products for different cleaning tasks.
1 part clean, warm water + 1 part of window cleaner to clean tile and vinyl flooring.
For laminate, use less window cleaner. Try the following recipe: ½ gal of water + ¼ cup of window cleaner.
3. Dish Soap
Since it’s mild you can use it on almost every floor type and won’t leave any of that sticky residue we all dislike.
Don’t go overboard, though. If you use too much of this solution, it’s likely you end up with sticky films all over your floor.
3 cups of clean, warm water + ¼ cup of gentle dish detergent soap
2 cups of clean, warm water + ¼ cup of gentle dish soap + 2 cups of distilled vinegar +½ cup of lemon juice
4. Rubbing Alcohol
Another product you most likely have stored in your pantry and is a great floor cleaner is rubbing alcohol.
Water is a good cleaning agent on its own, but when you add an extra touch of cleaning power, this is where rubbing alcohol will help.
Alcohol will quickly evaporate which means no lines or streaks from drying will be left on your floor.
Plus, using rubbing alcohol will eliminate the necessity of having to shine and buff the floor to dry.
- 1 gal of warm, clean water + 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 1 part warm, clean water + 1 part rubbing alcohol + 1 part vinegar
5. The Ultimate Mopping Solution Recipe
Up to this point I shared some of the most popular mopping solutions you will find in your pantry and that you can make yourself.
However, there is one ultimate recipe that will leave your floors rocking a stunning shine, no streaks, no lines, and smelling fresh and clean.
This recipe calls for many of the ingredients I’ve already mentioned, so pay attention!
Also, don’t be afraid to try your own recipes. Tweak the measurements here and there if you notice that a single ingredient works best for your particular needs.
Mopping Solution Recipe:
All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a bottle and shake it well.
It’s best if you use a spray bottle to evenly apply layers of mopping solution onto the floors and mop immediately using a microfiber cloth to achieve the best results.
Make sure you allow your floors to air dry. There is no need to rinse when using this homemade mopping solution.
The steps I will go through in this guide work best for fresh stains but I have also included ways you can clean dry paint off the carpet.This mopping solution recipe will make enough to last several uses. Try making plenty of it at once and save yourself time. Cut the recipe to the required amounts depending on what works best for you.
Both the alcohol and vinegar odors will quickly fade away and you will be left with the lovely essential oil scents, so no worries!
Now I Would Like To Hear From You…
I hope you enjoyed my 5 easy homemade mopping solutions.
So you see, there are several ways you can create your own homemade mopping solutions that will work wonders on your floors.
And you, do you have a special recipe?
Let me know!