Home Remedies for Cleaning Floors

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When keeping a tidy home, the condition of your floors will become the difference between walking barefoot and wearing slippers because you have to. As soon as the shoes come off, you don’t want your feet to come in contact with dirt, crumbs, dust, bacteria, food spills, and other stains. It is suggested to learn home remedies for cleaning floors that can keep your feet clean and safe.

Floor Cleaning Home Remedies

For every speck of food, dust bunny, and opening of the outside door, your floor sees a lot of action – but keeping it clean doesn’t have to be an expensive adventure. First, assess the features of your flooring that will determine the kinds of cleaning solutions you may choose. For example, you can’t use harsh cleansers on hardwoods. When exploring home remedies for cleaning floors, consider the following suggestions:

a) Baking Soda for Grease:

To remove grease spills and scuff marks from your floor (even no-wax models), sprinkle with baking soda, and then wipe up with a warm, moistened washcloth.

b) Dish Detergent:

Add dish detergent to a bucket full of water to mop your other floors and achieve a shiny look. To clean grit out of a linoleum floor, use a scrubbing sponge or nylon bristle brush to scrub out particles with a gentle dish detergent, such as Ivory. Avoid using a vinegar solution to clean a linoleum floor, as it can damage the material over time.

c) Baking Soda for Wood Floors:

To clean wood floors stained by dog urine, start off by soaking up the liquid with rags and old towels. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the wet area. Leave on overnight so that it has a chance to turn back into powder. In the morning, vacuum the baking soda. Follow up by washing in your normal manner to restore the shine of your floors.

d) Vegetable Oil and Vinegar:

Clean your wood floors with equal parts of vegetable oil and vinegar. 

e) White Vinegar:

Add one cup of white vinegar to one gallon of water to make a cleaning solution for flooring comprised of brick or stone tiles. After mopping the floors, use plain water as a rinse.

f) Olive Oil:

To restore the shine of newly cleaned wood floors, mix equal parts of olive oil and vinegar together. Rub a small amount of the remedy onto your wood floors using a dry, clean cloth. Not only will the oil add shine to the floors, but it will also keep the material moisturized.

g) Club Soda:

To treat light to medium stains on carpeted flooring, apply club soda directly to the stain – making sure not to soak the material. Let the carbonated water soak for a couple of minutes, and then blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towels.

h) Ammonia:

When wax buildup attacks your resilient flooring, a yellowing effect can take place. To remove old wax layers and liven up your floor, wash it with a mixture of one cup of ammonia added to two liters (1/2 gallon) of water. Let the solution sit for three to four minutes, and then scrub away with a plastic or nylon scouring pad. Use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe away leftover residue. Follow up with a thorough rinsing of the floor.

i) Pencil Eraser:

To remove scuff marks from a vinyl floor, use a regular pencil eraser to eliminate the black streaks often left behind by new shoes.

j) Steel Wool [1]:

The heel marks that rubber soles leave behind usually don’t respond to regular mopping, but with a moistened steel wool pad, you can gently rub out the marks on vinyl flooring until they are gone. Wipe the floor clean with a damp sponge.

k) Lighter Fluid:

Eliminate black heel marks from the kitchen floor by pouring a small amount of lighter fluid on a paper towel and wiping away the streaks.

l) Tea:

A freshly brewed cup of tea will clean your wood floors. Simply boil a couple of tea bags in a liter (quart) of water. Let the solution cool, and then dip a soft cloth in the tea. Wring out the excess liquid, and use to wipe away the dirt and grime. Buff the floor dry with a clean, soft cloth.

m) WD-40:

Found in many homes, WD-40 is often used to take the squeaking noise out of your belongings, such as car doors and exercise equipment. You can also use the product to rid your floors of scuff and tar marks on a hard-surfaced kitchen floor.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 315.