We have hard (vinyl/laminate) floors throughout most of our home. We also have four dogs… and a cat. Needless to say, there is A LOT of pet hair, dirt, dust, mud, etc. These floors get dirty and quick.
I have a Swiffer SweeperVac I run over the floor daily to pick up the loose dirt and hair. For messes or weekly mopping I use a Bona Hard Floor Cleaning Mop. It has a reusable microfiber pad that velcros on. Bona has a Hard Floor Cleaning spray but I find it rather expensive.
Then I stumbled on this homemade floor cleaner recipe. It is amazing! It is inexpensive to make, is made from common household products (you probably already have the ingredients), and it works great! Best of all, it is streak free. The alcohol evaporates really quickly and the vinegar’s smell disappears after just a short time.
Another benefit is that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals that could harm the babies or pets.
Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 1 cup Alcohol (rubbing)
- 2-3 drops Dish Soap
- 10-15 drops Essential Oil (optional – I use 10 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender)
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. To use, spray on floor and wipe with a microfiber cloth/mop.