Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipes

April 8, 2014

The best way to clean your laminate floors without leaving a hazy film behind is simple, cheap and you can make it yourself!



  • alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear works best, but rubbing alcohol will work also)
  • distilled water
  • Dr. Bronners castile soap or Dawn dish soap (optional)
  • Your favorite essential oils (optional)


  1. Mix together the alcohol and water, half of each. If you want to add soap, add VERY little (1 drop of Dawn or 1 scant teaspoon of Dr. Bronner's). If you want to add essential oils for scent, just add a few drops.
  2. Pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto floor VERY lightly, working in small sections, and wipe immediately with a soft cloth. I like to have 2 cloths, wipe first with one, and then the other so the second one stays pretty dry.

The alcohol cleans, yet evaporates quickly, which helps to stop any filmy residue from building up. This is also why you use VERY little soap. Try it with no soap first. If your floors don't need the extra boost, you can leave the soap out. Most important is to make sure you spray, wipe and dry, very quickly. You don't want to leave laminate floor wet for any time.

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August 22, 2012

Pour 2 gallons of warm water into your bucket. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 Tbsp. dish soap, and 1/4 cup of washing soda.


Mix well. Go ahead and clean your floors. This works well, but not on waxed floors.


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February 11, 2010

In my house we have ceramic tile with little grooves in it. That's the best way I can describe it.

Is there a recipe for a homemade floor cleaner? My pediatrican told me not to use PineSol or Lysol. They contain harmful ingredients that could hurt my baby. So, I don't know what to do.

The lady at the local health food store today told me she uses vinegar and baking soda on her hardware floors. I just want so want something that is safe for my kids. My son is crawling and walking, but likes stuff. Weird, kid-like I know. I need to figure out a good glass cleaner, too. Any suggestions? I bought Tea Tree Oil and Orange Essential Oil.


By Susie from Biloxi, MS


February 11, 20100 found this helpful

My kids have very sensitive skin and I try not to use any harsh cleaners. I buy vinegar by the gallon and use it for Everything; mop any kind of floors, clean windows,bathtub,sinks, toilets; you name it. I will also use the kids baby wash to clean out the bathtub before bathing them and use hand soap to clean the vanity and sink. If you choose to use products like pine sol just be sure to rise with plenty of water =)

February 13, 20100 found this helpful

Get a floor steamer and add a little peroxide directly to floor (not in steamer), and clean away.


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
February 15, 20100 found this helpful

White vinegar and water for both the floors and windows and for everything else including toilets too! Of course you'll only need to pour maybe a half a cup of vinegar in the toilet since there's already water in it ;-) LOL! For cleaning that needs a paste just mix baking soda and water, rinse and then disinfect with vinegar and water.


I also purchase vinegar by the gallon like kellk does and it lasts a really long time and costs just pennies on the dollar compared to all the chemical cleaners out there!

I don't use anything other than vinegar or baking soda for general cleaning anymore because breathing all those chemicals over all the years greatly aided in causing Emphysema :-(


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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

Just don't mix vinegar and baking soda together, as vinegar is an acid, and baking soda a base, and they will neutralize each other, so you will have salt water. They will bubble together, but that is just releasing carbon dioxide. Entertaining, but no cleaning value.

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October 15, 2008

What is a good homemade recipe for Vinyl floor cleaner?

LoganCleanerWife from Logan, UT


By Sarah (Guest Post)
October 15, 20080 found this helpful

You can just use ammonia and add some water per the instructions on the container. If your floor are really dirty don't water it down too much. It works great!

October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Homemade floor cleaner

Homemade floor cleaner can save you hundreds of dollars per year. I have been making my own for years, with better results than the store bought brands. I use the following recipe for cleaning my floors:


1/4 cup Dish soap
4 cups White Vinegar
2 cup Lemon juice
2 cups Water

This recipe works best on Pergo laminate floors, vinyl, or linoleum. Just place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto the floor and use a high quality microfiber mop to mop it up. If you get a sticky residue, try using less dish soap. You can also rinse with water to reduce the residue.

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