DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Recipe
This recipe is a nontoxic cleaning basic. It is a simple floor cleaner, but there are so many uses for its simple scented-vinegar formula that it has found a permanent spot under every sink in our house. It’s so easy!
White distilled vinegar, water and an essential oil for fragrance. We like peppermint for our floors.
What Else You’ll Need:
A 16 oz. squirt bottle.
How to Make: Fill the bottle with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15-20 drops of pure peppermint oil. Shake to mix.
How to Use:
Squirt this refreshing cleaner directly onto the floor and wipe clean with a rag or mop. Use it for linoleum and tile floors in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. It’s good for polyurethane and finished wood floors, too. Vinegar is a natural acid that has quick cleaning power and helps to remove the film that typically accumulates on a kitchen floor, but if you have an especially dirty, greasy floor, you may want to use a liquid soap on it first. This recipe is also handy to have in the bathroom because it will cut a light soap film. You can use it to eliminate the soap ring in the tub or sink, the film on the shower walls, and the globbies in the soap dish or shower stall. Make sure to get white distilled vinegar, not the brown apple cider kind. Don’t forget to add the scent to make this floor cleaner sing. We like to use a peppermint oil or apple fragrance. You can purchase both at most natural food stores.
Have fun adding fragrance to your white vinegar! Use about 1/4-1/2 tsp. of fragrance for every gallon of white vinegar. Scented vinegars are great for removing odors left by pet stains, vomit, mildew, sour milk, and more. When someone in our home has the flu, we use scented vinegars to get rid of the smell and bacteria on clothes, sheets, carpet, and floor. Vinegar is reputed to have some germ-killing action.
For extra cleaning power for smudges and scuff marks, sprinkle on a little baking soda and rub. Baking soda gets those smudges up fast. Sprinkle the baking soda, rub and then squirt on the vinegar for a fast action fizz that dissolves dirt quickly.