Being a mom really changed my priorities when it came to what I kept around the house and when I used it. Floor cleaners are an essential, especially when you have solid surface floors, but I struggle with the idea of cleaning with something that isn’t safe for my kiddo to put their face on.
Plus, last I checked, floor cleaners are expensive!
So here are a few super cheap, super easy cleaning recipes you can use to clean all the scuzzies off while keeping your household healthy. Plus you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix, dab with a soft cloth, and use like you would Liquid Gold or Pledge.
Basic Hard Surface Floor Cleaner
- 1/2 gallon warm/hot water
- 1/2 gallon vinegar
Just mix, apply, and let dry! You don’t have to rinse this one. Yes, your kitchen will smell like vinegar, but once it dries the smell will be gone. I don’t know about you but I’d rather smell vinegar for a short time than some weirdo ingredient I don’t even know the name of.
If you have a restaurant supply (like Costco or similar) you can purchase 2 gallons of white vinegar for just under $4. Not too shabby!
(I do want to say here that if you’ve been using a store bought floor cleaner for a while, you may find that the first time or two you use this method the floors may look dull. Regular floor cleaners tend to leave a build up of shine enhancers (wax or otherwise) that the vinegar will try to break down. After a few cleanings it should improve. If you have wood floors, you may also want to try this next option…)
Wood Floor Cleaner Polish
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup lemon
- 1 gallon hot water
No rinsing needed on this either. The lemon and hot water work well to clean up the yuckies and the olive oil gives the floor a nice shine.
Btw, if you’re looking for an alternative to the messy mop and bucket ordeal, Amazon has a great price on this Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit. It’s about $10 cheaper than Target (at the time of this post) and would work wonderfully well with either of these floor cleaners. 🙂
Carpet Spot Remover
- 2 Cups Hot Water
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Mix them up and pour it into a new spray bottle. Give a good shake and spray on the spots. For tough stains, let stand about 5 minutes. Then simply scrub with damp rag. Voila! These are mocha stains… took them right out!
These recipes can obviously be tweaked to your personal preference so feel free to experiment. Hopefully this will be helpful both in saving you money and keeping your household healthy!
(Please do a spot test somewhere on your furniture/floor before you use these cleaners as there is always a chance it may not be compatible.)
Do you have any fantastic natural cleaning tips? Please feel free to share below!