These non-toxic cleaners will work well on all wood floor types. When considering any type of cleaner for your wood floors, it’s important that you not only get them clean but, that they’re properly sealed and conditioned. Some of the commercial cleaners that aren’t organic can do more damage to your floor than they help. There are some great commercial cleaning products that are organic, but these recipes will surely do the job at a fraction of the cost!
One simple recipe is to simply mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar. At first, there will be a strong vinegar smell, but it will dissipate as soon as the floor dries. There’s many benefits to using vinegar, one being that it’s a great disinfectant! It will also leave a shine!
Need More Shine?
If you’re needing a little more shine for your floors, you should use this non-toxic recipe:
- 2 gallons of hot water
- 1.5 cups of olive oil
- 1 full cup of lemon juice
Mix the ingredients well inside of your bucket. The steaming hot water and the lemon juice will clean the floors. The olive oil will give your wood floors with a great shine. If you’d like a lasting scent, use your favorite essential oil in the mixture! Once your mixture is complete, simply mop your floors with a well-wrung mop (don’t leave behind too much). Let it dry completely and you’ll be ready to take pictures for your favorite social media!
Some Wood Floors Should Not Use Water
If you’re concerned about using water on your hardwood floors, or the instructions for cleaning the floor, then I will show you how to make a non-toxic cleaner without water. Simple use this recipe:
- 1 part vegetable oil
- 1 part vinegar
Combine equal amounts of each of the ingredients, and of course, add in your preferred essential oil for extra scent into a spray bottle. With this mixture, you don’t want to put a large amount onto the floor, so you’ll spray the solution and then mop. The vinegar is a great cleaner and disinfectant and then oil will keep floors conditioned and shiny!
When Mopping Isn’t Enough
Every now and then, it may be necessary after mopping to get down on the floor and rub it with a dry towel or soft sponge in a circular motion. This will really bring out the shine and buff areas that mopping alone could not really make pop!
No matter which of the recipes that you choose above, make sure to first sweep the floor well to get rid of as much loose dirt as possible. Once you’ve done this, use the recipe above that you choose for your floor to finish out the cleaning to have a bright shiny floor that you need.
Allow Drying Time
Make sure after cleaning your floor that you give it plenty of time to air dry. Using the oils can leave behind a slick floor and you certainly don’t want to slip and fall! Giving it an hour or more to air dry should be sufficient to have traffic on it.