It can be a pain to figure out how to clean tile floors. My house has tile flooring and laminate flooring, so I mop quite a bit to keep the floors clean. You know how I love to make homemade cleaners – you could probably say it’s a hobby of mine – and I have finally found an awesome DIY mopping solution recipe! It is easy to make with common household ingredients, including my favorite natural cleaner: vinegar!
You can use this mop solution with just about any kind of mop. I have had good results using it with my Libman wonder mop and a Libman Freedom spray mop. I think a microfiber mop cloth is key to getting a streak-free shine.
These Microfiber cloths are some of my favorite cleaning tools to use around the house. I have had them at least two years, and they hold up after many, many washes. They are so inexpensive, too – especially compared to disposable paper towels.
The ingredients and why they are in this mop solution recipe.
Vinegar and water are excellent natural cleaners. Vinegar is naturally acidic, and at full strength may harm your flooring’s finish, so water is added to dilute it before using on flooring.
Rubbing alcohol helps leave a streak-free shine. I have tested this and truly there are no streaks left behind. See photo (the floor is still a little bit wet up at the top – but you can see it dries with no streaks)
Dawn dishwashing liquid. Just a few drops of this soap boosts the cleaning ability of a homemade mop solution. I think it also helps make the floors sparkle and shine. I love using the original blue Dawn to clean my tub in my homemade tub and tile cleaner. It’s a miracle worker!
Essential oils. It is not necessary to add essential oils, but I like to add them because 1) they smell good and 2) Lemon and Lavender essential oils have natural antiseptic properties, perfect for cleaning jobs. Other essential oils with natural antibacterial properties include Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, and Peppermint. Feel free to give those a try in this recipe.
My home only has tile and wood laminate flooring, so I have not been able to test this mopping solution on a hard wood floor yet. However, I did a lot of research about using vinegar and alcohol to clean wood floors and it’s my opinion that the vinegar and alcohol are diluted enough to be safe for use on wood surfaces **as long as they are not waxed wood floors**. Please, please, please, pretty please test clean a part of your floor in an inconspicuous spot to make sure you do not harm your flooring.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MOPPING SOLUTION:
- 2 cups Water
- 2 cups Vinegar
- 2 cups rubbing Alcohol
- 6 drops Dawn dishwashing liquid
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake to mix well. Use a spray bottle to apply a thin layer of mopping solution on floors and immediately mop it up with a microfiber mop or cloth for best results. Allow floors to air dry. No rinsing is necessary.
Note: The mopping solution recipe makes enough to last me several times. I like making a lot of it at once to save time. You can easily cut the recipe amounts in half and it will work just as well.
You will be able to smell the vinegar and the alcohol when you use this cleaner. The good news is that the alcohol smell quickly goes away and the vinegar scent isn’t too overwhelming, thanks to the essential oil scents covering it up.
PS Don’t forget to sweep before you mop!
Did you make your own mopping solution? What did you think? Let me know how this worked on your floors.