Thursday, January 9, 2014

DIY Natural Floor Cleaner

Hello there!

After a long hiatus I have come to make a quick post.

Moving is hard work!! I don't remember moving to have been so difficult in the past. Then again...I was just moving my own stuff and not a whole families worth!

We have moved from a 900 square foot condo into a 1800 square foot house...that was built in 1924. Yes...1924...which is a bit scary. We have the original door and one window...and original hardwood floors. They are full of character...and have been lived on (which I personally love). I have two kids and two in my world, scratches and dings are stories and memories! Although they are banged up, I certainly want them clean! Which leads me to the topic of this post...

I am currently experimenting on a homemade recipe for hardwood floors. I've heard to use vinegar...I've heard to NOT use vinegar. I have heard that plain old water in a mixter is best, but then how does it kill germies?!? After some trials I think I have come up with a good mixture.

And before I go further - I had been using Bona. I have the duster, mop and spray. I loved this system and it did a great job of cleaning my floors, but I also like to make my own refills. I will use the original Bona mister bottle and mop because it honestly works great!



1 cup tap water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 drops liquid dish soap

Remember to shake your bottle well before using your spray. You want to make sure the oil gets incorporated.

Any suggestions on a good DIY cleaner for granite??


  1. This worked GREAT! I actually substituted coconut oil for the olive oil. It is my fav I have found so far!

    1. Thank you! You know, I actually like it better than the Bona now that I've used it regularly!

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  3. Thank you for sharing that, Eva! That is definitely a great alternative to much more expensive floor cleaners. To be honest, I've used vinegar as a cleaner before, but I've never tried adding olive oil. I am excited to try that out. I will definitely let you know how it goes. :)

    Larry Brannon @ Leonard Brush & Chemical

  4. Awesome floor cleaner, Eva! I love how the ingredients you used are all natural. I've known for quite sometime now about how harmful chemical cleaners are. It's refreshing to see someone investing their time in cleaners like that. Thanks for sharing that! Kudos and all the best to you! :)

    Den Collier @ Laminate Restoration UK

  5. I think adding that liquid dish soap was a great idea! It helps dilute the smell of the vinegar, so that your floor doesn’t smell sour after it has all evaporated. I wonder if this would also work well with tile grouts. Anyway, thanks for sharing your homemade cleaner recipe. Cheers!

    Nathan Riley @ SteemerAtlanta