The Best Homemade Floor Cleaner Ever

A while back, I read an article about making your own homemade floor cleaner.  In our house, we have three different types of floors (hardwood, tile, linoleum). I have always had a hard time finding a cleaning solution that worked on all three…until now.  The original article I read made a similar solution in a mop bucket.  While I am much to frugal to use a Swiffer mop, I also detest mopping from buckets.  It seems counter productive to use dirty mop water to wash the floors.

The best mop ever!

Rubbermaid Reveal Mop

The solution to this was buying a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop.  This is seriously one of my favorite cleaning tools. The microfiber pads clean great and are washable. I have washed mine a million times and they still work like new. The best thing about this mop is that you can fill the solution bottle with any solution you want (unlike Swiffer)!!!! This mop costs about $20 but will pay for itself quickly if you are currently using a Swiffer. I have also seen coupons for it in the past so definitely look for coupons before you buy.

A few weeks ago, I experimented a bit with creating a homemade solution for in my mop bottle and I have perfected it.  My floors could not be shinier.  This solution works great to remove dirt and everything else that gets on the floor and leaves a great shine behind. I have had great results with it on hardwood, tile and linoleum.

Here is how you make it in the mop bottle:

5-6 drops of dish soap

1/2 c. of white vinegar

Then fill to top with very warm water.

This is so quick and easy to make and costs pennies per batch. Much better than buying liquid floor cleaner that can easily cost $5 a bottle.  I don’t think I will ever use anything else on my floors. You MUST try this. Just look at my floors!

Have you ever made your own cleaning solution? I would love to hear from you!


23 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Claudia Caldwell said,

    Can you come and clean my floors?? Looks great.

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  4. 4

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you
    wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that,
    this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  5. 6

    Your floors are so shiny! Just one question, since I don’t own a mop bottle, how much water is it to “fill to the top”?

  6. 8

    Do you have to rinse after using this solution ?

  7. 10

    Eriykah said,

    How perfect was this?! I was looking for something new to put into my o-cedar mop bottle. I’m going to try this right now.

  8. 12

    Penelope Johnson said,

    Hi. I just used your recipe for homemade floor cleaner, adding some vanilla oil. My white tile floor looks and smells wonderfully clean. I had never used a diy cleaner before.I will follow you on Pinterest, for other helpful ideas. Thanks so much.

  9. 14

    KAtie said,

    Kelly, If i were to put this in my sink and use regular mop..what would proportions be? Thanks

  10. 16

    Kathy said,

    Kelly, awhile back I found a recipe like this one only was for bucket. I did not realize I could use it in a spray bottle and simply mop over it and let dry! Much easier for me since I am handicapped and unable to carry the bucket once it is filled, so run back and forth with the mop!
    Also, my recipe recommends using 1/2 cup fabric softener to give it a better shine. From your pics I don’t think it is really necessary!

  11. 18

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.
    I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually
    come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great writing,
    have a nice weekend!

  12. 19

    Jennifer said,

    Just an fyi, the Rubbermaid Reveal holds 20 ounces of liquid.

  13. 20

    sabrina said,

    what kind of dish soap did you use?

  14. 22

    Karen said,

    How much does the mop bottle you used take? ie, how much water did you add to the dishwash soap and vinegar?

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