How to Make Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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Hardwood floors are beautiful in any home, and most people use commercial cleaners to clean their wood floors. These chemicals can be harsh and full of chemicals that are harmful to people, pets and the environment. By making your own floor cleaner, you eliminate those harmful chemicals and cleaning with Earth-friendly products that are naturally biodegradable.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and a of gallon of warm water in a bucket. Use this to clean the floor. The acid in the vinegar cuts through oil, dirt and grime. Be sure to rinse the floor with clean water before polishing.

  • Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a bucket. This is a wood floor polish that you buff into the floor with a soft clean cloth. The oil adds a little shine to your floor while the vinegar prevents the oil from sitting on top of the wood and making to floors greasy.

  • Store the mixtures in a cool and dry area. Vinegar has an almost indefinite shelf life. Due to the acidic nature of it, it's self preserving and doesn't require refrigeration. The polish however contains oil and will separate, requiring shaking prior to the next use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Distilled white vinegar is best for cleaning. Another option is apple cider vinegar. It may not have as strong of an effect, but it's also not as harsh smelling.

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