Bid farewell to toxic ingredients and pricey products.
Did you know that companies making cleaning solutions don’t have to list the ingredients present in their product(1) ? How can you be sure about a product’s safety then?
Well, you can’t. That’s why it’s best to choose a homemade floor cleaner in which you can add your desired ingredients.
While commercial cleaning products are often filled with hazardous chemicals that emit harmful fumes(2), a homemade cleaner will be eco-friendly and safe for use. Most importantly, it won’t leave any chemical residue on your flooring.
In this guide, I’ll teach you how to make your own cleaning products at home without using chemicals or toxins(3).
Most people tend to use commercial cleaners because they’re readily available for use. You don’t have to make them or perfect the recipe. Instead, a manufacturer has already done it for you and packaged the product in an easy-to-store bottle.
Although this may be convenient, it’s not healthy or safe for you and your family in the long run.
Many household cleaning products are known to contain harmful chemicals that may affect respiratory health. Plus, you can never be too sure about the ingredients since most of them aren’t even pronounceable, let alone familiar.
Instead, making floor cleaners yourself ensures the utmost safety of your family.
No matter how much you tell your kids to stay away from the place you’ve just cleaned, they’ll always come running to the exact spot. Often, the cleaning products leave streaks that stay for a few hours on the floor.
Thus, if your child is playing in the area, they’re exposed to toxins. The same goes for your pets too.
However, homemade tile floor cleaners are practically free of toxins. Since you know what’s going inside the floor cleaner, you have full control over what you’re exposing your family to.
Thus, you can choose harm-free ingredients for regular cleaning.
Firstly, store-bought cleaners are already so costly. Second, most of them are made for specific purposes or parts of your home. Therefore, you have to buy multiple commercial cleaners for the whole house.
On the other hand, when you make a floor cleaner at home, you can simply whip together ingredients from your pantry.
Plus, you’re not adding any chemicals or fancy packaging, so the cost goes even lower.
Most importantly, you don’t necessarily have to make a cleaner for every area of the house. Instead, you can opt for an all-purpose cleaner for easy and inexpensive cleaning.
That’s why the cleaning method for asthma patients(5) is a bit more rigorous than that for homes without allergy-sufferers.
Since commercial cleaning products contain allergens and chemicals, they’re often the culprits behind this. You might love buying the lemon or freesia-scented hardwood floor cleaner, but the fragrance is most probably the reason for your allergies.
On the contrary, making floor cleaner yourself gives you the liberty to choose which ingredient goes into the recipe. Therefore, you can keep the mopping solution allergen-free.
First, you’ll dump the solution down the toilet or drain once you’re done using it. The harmful chemicals settle into the groundwater and may affect the soil quality on the top too.
Second, you’re constantly throwing away plastic bottles that the products come in. All this plastic waste sits at the bottom of the landfills and does not decompose for hundreds of years.
However, once you start making DIY cleaning solutions, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, you’ll use natural and safe ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap, which are biodegradable.
If you plan to switch from commercial to DIY cleaning products, you must stock up your pantry with a few essential ingredients. Most recipes will have these recipes as the base ingredients, so it’s good to have them available in your kitchen at all times.
Baking soda helps break up animal messes, grease, and proteins. Also, it’s not as abrasive as ammonia or other harsh household agents. Thus, you can use it on wood floor and other surfaces without the fear of damage.
Most importantly, baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer. It removes foul odors of urine and vomit, making your house smell fresh and clean.
Despite having multiple uses, baking soda is very inexpensive. A little of it lasts for a long time because you’ll merely need a sprinkle for most floor cleaning recipes.
Some common oils that you can add to a floor cleaner include lavender, lemon, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus.
Plus, vinegar, when used as a cleaner, is good for the environment(9). So, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not using any eco-hazardous ingredients in your daily floor cleaner.
Since vinegar is acidic, it acts best on alkaline substances. It dissolves alkaline components of different messes.
For instance, you can use vinegar to remove mold, scale, and soapy scum. Moreover, it helps remove coffee and tea stains. If you’ve got rust in your home, it can take care of that too.
You can buy castile soap as a bar or liquid.
By now, you should know more about homemade floor cleaners than you did earlier. Let’s discuss some floor cleaner recipes that you can use regularly or for cleaning specific stains and messes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this floor cleaner:
Generally, castile soap is an ideal cleaner for stone, travertine, and slate flooring since it does not tarnish their finish.
Firstly, don’t mix it with acidic ingredients, like lemon or vinegar. Since castile soap is basic, it will form a curd-like mixture.
That yucky solution will only leave your floors dirtier than they already were.
Secondly, castile soap often leaves streaks on the floors. To clean them, add a few drops of lemon juice in a bucket of water and mop the floor.
Plus, this property of castile soap also makes it a bad ingredient to be mixed with hard water. Since it already leaves salt behind, using hard water will increase the mineral deposits, making cleanup harder.
Also, you can use castile soap to wash your dishes too. Simply add one part of the soap to ten parts of water, and you have homemade dish soap.
If you use store-bought wipes to clean small spills on the floor, it’s time to ditch them and make your own. Since these floor wipes are fragrant, they’ll make your home smell fresh and welcoming.
Here’s what you need to make these floor wipes:
Plus, keep a stack in the kitchen to wipe the countertops in case of a cooking mess or oil spill.
Moreover, your pet might bring in dirty paws, or your kid may drop their soda on the floor. In such cases, having floor cleaning wipes at hand allows you to manage the spill quickly so that it does not get messier or more stubborn to wipe off later.
As the wipes have fragrant oils, they’ll make the space smell amazing.
Instead, you should opt for a lemon and water-based floor cleaner to get the same results without damaging the floor.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this cleaning solution:
You don’t need to rinse the flooring with clean water after mopping with the lemon solution. It will already look great once dry.
Let the floors dry before putting the furniture or carpets back on them. Wet flooring invites mold and may produce bad odors around the house.
Here’s a quick floor cleaner recipe that won’t take you a long time to make. It only has two ingredients, so you won’t have to rush to the grocery store midway through the recipe.
Plus, it’s quite effective in cleaning everyday messes.
Here’s what you need to make this floor cleaner for tile floors:
If you have linoleum floors at home, this basic floor cleaning solution will work on it too.
Although you can use it on hardwood or bamboo floors, it’s best to be a bit cautious. After using this mixture, rinse the flooring immediately to prevent any damage.
Also, the mineral film left on the floors after cleaning with hard water can make the material look dull and old.
If you want an all-purpose cleaner that can be used for all surfaces, all you need are a few basic ingredients.
Here’s what you need to make an all-purpose floor cleaner:
You can use it on stone floors, too, but only if they are sealed.
When working with alcohol, ventilate the area well. Open the windows and doors. Also, don’t use this cleaner near the fireplace as alcohol is flammable and may start a fire.
It contains a high ethanol concentration, making it suitable for cleaning. Also, make sure that whichever product you buy has a 120-proof. It indicates that the rubbing alcohol contains 60% ethanol.
Furthermore, if you’re using neutral or rectified spirit instead of rubbing alcohol, it should be unscented. Some varieties contain sugar-based flavoring agents that may stain some surfaces or attract pests into your home.
Some people might also consider using vodka since it has alcohol. However, vodkas have less than 60% alcohol, so they’re not ideal for cleaning.
Often, messes don’t come alone. They bring along bad odors that refuse to go away no matter how long you keep the windows open. In such cases, try using a homemade floor cleaner to freshen up your living space.
If you use this floor cleaner daily, you’ll walk into a much welcoming house every night.
Here are the ingredients you need to make this floor cleaner:
That’s why you should either not use this solution on bamboo floors or use it with caution. As soon as you apply the solution to the flooring, rinse it off immediately to prevent damage.
Also, don’t let water stand too long on hardwood floors since it can penetrate and damage the underlying structure.
To make it safe for stone floors, remove vinegar from the recipe and use the rest of the ingredients for effective cleanup.
When selecting the best essential oil, go for one that you prefer. Some options, such as lavender essential oil,(11) citrus, and peppermint, help create a stress-free environment and improve air quality in your home.
If your floors are covered with carpets, they still need to be cleaned, especially if you have kids at home. Floors tend to be more forgiving than carpets since you can clean even the tougher stains with a little elbow grease.
However, if you let a stain sit for too long on a carpet, it will most probably be there forever. That’s why it’s important to act fast when you spot a stain on a rug. Here are a few hacks for cleaning carpet stains.
Baking soda is the best remedy for removing urine and vomit smells.
Firstly, if there’s visible moisture on the carpet, soak it up with a cloth. Then, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to the affected area and rub it with an old toothbrush or sponge.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda onto the wet mess and vacuum it later to remove the stain.
Although it works well alone, you can mix it with essential oils for a fragrant post-cleanup environment in the house.
If you have no idea where a stain came from – surprises of living with children- you can use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of it.
Add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide into a drop of non-gel toothpaste. Mix them up to make a paste. Apply this paste to the stain and rub it using a cloth. Be gentle during the process.
Go over the stain with clean water to rinse off the residue.
Plus, do a spot test before using hydrogen peroxide on the whole carpet. A spot test is especially important if you have a colored carpet.
For homeowners who don’t want to go through the hassle of making floor cleaners at home, I also have a list of reliable store-bought options.
If you can’t spare time from your hectic routine to make cleaning solutions at home, you can buy them from the store instead. But it would be best if you considered the floor type before purchasing a natural cleaner from the store.
Here are some of my favorite store-bought natural floor cleaners that you should try:
Moreover, the cleaner is safe for kids, pets, and birds. If you get many bird visitors at your window sill, they won’t be affected by the floor cleaner. On top of that, there are no coloring agents or artificial fragrances in this product.
Instead, it contains bacillus cultures that produce live enzymes to break stains. Owing to the plant-based surfactants, the formula also helps lift dirt.
I’d suggest using this formula for daily cleaning since you don’t need to prepare it through dilution. Simply pour the desired amount into a bucket and start mopping. Or, you can fill a spray bottle with this liquid and apply the solution directly to the stains.
On the whole, the solution helps clean pet accidents, laundry, and wine stains.
The Eco-Me cleaner is effective on laminate, tile, wood, stone, and linoleum. Since the formula is plant-based, it does not contain any chemicals agents.
It’s free of artificial fragrances, sulfates, bleach, harsh preservatives, ammonia, and perfumes. Moreover, it has been certified by Leaping Bunny and is gluten-free.
I’d suggest using this cleaner for pet accidents and general cleanup. It does not leave any residue behind, so you don’t need to rinse the floors with clean water.
Most importantly, the product is compact by design. Therefore, you serve the environment in two ways. First, you’re substituting chemical cleaners with botanical ones. Second, you’re adding less waste to the landfills.
Moreover, the product has a fresh citrus aroma but does not contain any synthetic scents. If you have chemical-sensitive individuals or kids at home, this floor cleaner will help freshen up the air quality.
Possibly, the best thing about this cleaning solution is that it’s dermatologically-tested. Thus, it has expert approval for being safe for your skin. You can use this product even if you’re an allergy-sufferer since it has a hypoallergenic formula.
Instead of chemical surfactants, it has plant-based derivatives, like fatty alcohols, to lift stains and dirt marks from the floor. Also, it’s biodegradable, so it won’t pollute the groundwater or affect soil quality.
With that, I’ve come to the end of this guide. Whether you want to remove dust mites from your carpets or give a fresh look to your flooring without using chemicals, there’s a cleaning solution for you in this guide.
Once you start using homemade floor cleaners, you’ll never go back to commercial ones. Besides saving money, you also protect the environment and your family when using a DIY mopping solution.
Share your favorite hacks and DIY floor cleaning recipes with me. Plus, let me know which of my cleaning solutions was your favorite.