Mop Floor with Dishwasher Detergent

I was reading about using dishwasher detergent for something, and a light came on in my head. Here is a really good hint. If you have a floor that you mop, or needs to be mopped and just gets a quick "lick and a promise" (as my mom would have said), I can give you a hint that will put it back in shape with a minimum of work.


Take your mop bucket and fill with hot water. Mix in about a half a cup of dishwasher detergent, or more (I use WalMart brand, which works as good as the more expensive brands). Mop your floor with this mix, using a small, non-scratch pad to hand clean the corners. Rinse the whole floor. You will see a "new" floor without all the grime that was left from the half-way jobs you did when you were in a hurry. I was doing that, thus the need for some real cleaning.

By Loretta from Theodore, AL

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July 5, 20100 found this helpful

Are you talking about using automatic dishwasher detergent, or dish detergent that squirts out of a bottle? I would think that either of these would be too abrasive or harsh for a floor. I just use plain water, or a combination of water and vinegar; (a cup or so of vinegar to a gallon of water).


Especially on my hardwood floors; I wouldn't dare put anything stronger on them. Sorry to be negative, but I don't think that detergent is a good idea.

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November 22, 20150 found this helpful

It is if you live in a rental and need a quick and easy way to make a floor look decent before an inspection. It goes without saying that this wouldn't be used on wooden floors. Only synthetics.

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

I tried this tonight and it worked so well that I had to see if anyone else has tried this! We do rent and the floors are synthetic, so I wouldnt recommend for wood. We have a lot of children and lots of spills daily-today was jelly. This worked great! I have tried traditional cleaners, that dont really cut grease or sticky. Cascade worked great! I didnt use much-maybe 1/4 cup to 2 gallons.

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July 5, 20190 found this helpful

This was a nice recipe i dont like the smell of floor cleaner . I used seventh generation dishwasher detergent.


Clean floor with no residue on the new plank vinyl that looks like wood and is textured like wood .

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