This one homemade floor cleaner is all you need for all the floors in your house.
It works great as a hardwood floor cleaner, laminate floor cleaner, tile floor cleaner, vinyl floor cleaner and even linoleum floor cleaner. It works great on grease spots and food spills in the kitchen. It works great on dirty bathroom floors, dusty living room floors, and whatever got brought in from outside on the foyer floor.
One cleaner for every floor, what’s not to love about that?!
Plus it’s super easy to whip up a batch. There are only 3 simple ingredients. Just pour into a bottle and you’re done.
And it’s really easy to use. Add 2 Tbsp to hot water and you’re ready to mop. You’ll have sparkly clean floors in no time, but this floor cleaner doesn’t leave any residue. You don’t even need to rinse!
Best of all- it really works. Hardwood is spotless, laminate is streak-free, tile sparkles, and vinyl shines.
And of course, like all of my recipes, this floor cleaner is natural, non-toxic, and made with the goodness of essential oils.
How to make homemade floor cleaner with essential oils
step 1: to a 24 ounce or larger bottle add 2 cups of distilled water (or you can substitute boiled and cooled tap water)
step 2: add 1 cup unscented liquid Castile soap
step 3: add 50 drops pine essential oil and 30 drops cypress essential oil
note: this essential oil blend makes a great smelling and hard working floor cleaner, but you can substitute with other essential oils. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit all work well or try your favorites.
step 4 (optional): add a free-printable label to your bottle
- Wipe your bottle down with a little rubbing alcohol to make sure it’s completely clean and the label will stick to it well
- Print out the recipe and label here
- You can print the label on either full sheet label paper or plain printer paper
- If you print on regular print paper, then cut it out and lay the label face down on packing tape. Use the packing tape to adhere the paper label to the bottle.
Here’s the homemade floor cleaner recipe one more time
- to a 24 ounce or larger bottle add 2 cups of distilled water
- add 1 cup unscented liquid Castile soap
- add 50 drops pine essential oil and 30 drops cypress essential oil
- add a free-printable label to your bottle
This recipe yields 3 cups of floor cleaner, enough to clean your floors 24 times. One batch usually lasts me several months.
If you don’t need that much, you can easily cut this recipe in half. For a half batch: mix 1 cup water, 1/2 cup unscented Castile soap, 25 drops pine essential oil, and 15 drops cypress essential oil.
How to use your homemade floor cleaner
- add 1 gallon of hot water to mop bucket (tip: be sure to add the water first so that soap doesn’t bubble up too much)
- add 2 Tbsp floor cleaner to the water
- mix well
- mop floor or wash floor by hand- this one floor cleaner works well for all types of floors (hardwood, laminate, tile, and vinyl). It doesn’t leave any residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Yay!
Where to get supplies?
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unscented liquid Castile soap- here’s what I use. You can get this from Amazon or many local stores are starting to carry it as well. Just be sure to get the unscented kind.
24 oz of larger bottle – I got my glass bottle at Target’s dollar spot, but you can use any glass, plastic #1 PET, or plastic #2 HDPE bottle or container for your floor cleaner.
free printable label – click here
here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:
homemade Lysol disinfecting spray
how to make natural dishwasher tabs with essential oils
“Before you go” Poo-pourri toilet spray
essential oil recipes for wellness
essential oil recipes for beauty
essential oil recipes for cleaning
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9 thoughts on “Forest Fresh Floor Cleaner”
How much should I use at a time?
2 tablespoons of the cleaner to 1 gallon of hot water. This makes a bucket that’s usually enough to clean my floors, but if you have more floors to clean or find that they’re especially dirty that week, you may want to make more than 1 gallon.
I love this floor cleaner, and the fact that the scent from the essential oils do not aggravate my asthma. Thank you so much for your recipes; I have made so many of them, and LOVE them.
What Pine essential oil do you use.
Pinus sylvestris – It’s made from the pine leaves.
Where would I find that? Thank you so much for responding….. and I’m having so much fun making all my cleaning products with your recipes! Just got done scrubbing my floor with your recipe minus the Pine essential oil, because I didn’t have any, so I used lemon in place of it…. my floors look beautiful… my husband says they are glistening! 😄
Glad to hear it worked so well for you! Super impressive that your husband noticed and commented on your floors glistening. Wow!
Since lemon worked so well, there’s no need to add pine.
But if you want to get pine here are a few brands that carry it: Young Living, Mountain Rose Herbs, Rocky Mountain Oils, and Plant Therapy.
I have bamboo flooring. It says not to use oils. Any suggestions.
I would follow the instructions that came with your flooring.
In addition to not using essential oils, you’ll want to avoid anything that’s made with essential oils like Sal Suds (it’s made with pine essential oil).
1/4 cup white vinegar with 1 quart hot water is a gentle cleaner that’s safe for most bamboo floors. As with all new-to-you cleaners, spot test in an inconspicuous spot.
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