How to Make DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Hardwood floors are a popular flooring choice for many people because of their beauty and durability. However, if you have hardwood floors, you know you need to keep them clean so they can stand up to heavy use.
While there are plenty of commercial hardwood floor cleaners on the market, they contain harmful chemicals that can irritate your skin, eyes, and throat. Plus, if you have young children or pets routinely playing on the floor, you likely want a more natural option for cleaning your hardwood. Not to mention, commercial hardwood floor cleaners can get expensive.
This is why I appreciate the health and environmental benefits you can get when you make your own DIY hardwood floor cleaner.
Ingredients for DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- 4 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of unscented pure castile soap
- 5 to 10 drops of essential oils (optional)
- 32 ounce glass spray bottle
A Few Notes About DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
You’ll notice this recipe doesn’t contain white vinegar. Although white vinegar is great for a variety of homemade cleaners, there are certain things you should never clean with vinegar, and hardwood floors are one of them. That’s why this recipe uses castile soap instead.
The castile soap is unscented, so if you prefer your hardwood floor cleaner to have a light scent, I recommend using essential oils. My preferred combination is lemon essential oil and pine essential oil, but feel free to play with scents each time you make a new batch of cleaner to see what you like.
Excess moisture is the worst enemy of your hardwood floors, so you want to use a spray bottle to make sure you don’t saturate your floors with this natural hardwood floor cleaner. A dark-colored glass spray bottle works best since essential oils can wear down plastic.
Additionally, an organic unbleached cotton unpaper towel works best for cleaning hardwood floors. To make your cleaning routine waste-free, you can put a cotton unpaper towel on an old Swiffer mop. When you’re done cleaning, simply wash the cotton unpaper towel, and it’s ready for the next time you need it.
If you’re wondering why I always recommend organic unpaper towels over microfiber cleaning cloths, you can check out this post to see why organic unpaper towels are the more eco-friendly choice.
Do you have laminate floors in your home? If so, check out how to make DIY laminate floor cleaner. Plus, don’t forget about the other floors in your home. You can also make this homemade carpet cleaner for your rugs and carpets and this homemade tile floor cleaner that doesn’t use vinegar.
As always, before using any type of new cleaner on your floors, test it out in a concealed area, like in a closet or under furniture.
Other DIY Cleaners
If you like this homemade hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to check out a few of our other homemade natural cleaners:
- DIY Tub and Shower Cleaner
- Homemade Granite Cleaner
- Natural Ways to Clear a Clogged Drain
- DIY Fruit and Veggie Cleaner