Vinegar for Cleaning Floors

Vinegar shines, cleans and deodorizes. It is an effective household cleaner with germ-fighting properties. Cleaning vinyl, linoleum, ceramic, and hardwood floors with white distilled vinegar avoids use of harsh and toxic chemical cleaners. Vinegar floor cleaning solutions are green and economical alternatives. A combination of vinegar and water is the simple solution with which to clean, using a variety of applicators.

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Shining Floors

White distilled vinegar can restore shine to a dull floor. Use a solution of 3 cups vinegar with 1/2 gallon warm water. Apply the mixture to floors with a wet mop. Do not to use vinegar on marble floors.

Linoleum and Vinyl Floors

Vinegar cleans linoleum and no-wax vinyl flooring. A cup of white distilled vinegar in a gallon of water shines linoleum and vinyl surfaces. Treat hard-to-remove stains on linoleum by soaking with full-strength vinegar. If the stains persist after soaking for 15 minutes, pour more vinegar on the stains, and sprinkle the area with baking soda. Use a scrub brush to finish removing the stain.

Hardwood and Polyurethane Floors

White vinegar cleans a variety of floor surfaces, such as hardwood and polyurethane. After applying with a damp mop, use lint-free cloths or paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible. Liquid left to penetrate cracks and seams can cause wood floors to swell and crack. A solution is to mist the vinegar from a spray bottle onto the floor, then wipe with a dry mop.


Additional ingredients may boost vinegar’s cleaning power. A mixture of 3 drops of liquid dish soap, and equal parts white distilled vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water works as a spot cleaner. Spray a scant amount on affected areas, and mop up immediately.


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