How To Make A Homemade Floor Cleaner (Great Results With Just 3 Ingredients!)

How To Make A Homemade Floor Cleaner (Great Results With Just 3 Ingredients!)

How much do you currently pay for your floor cleaner? It might not seem like much, but those pennies and pounds can soon add up, and before you know it your cleaning could be getting pretty expensive!

Have you ever tried making your own cleaning products? It's surprisingly easy and could save you loads of money over time.

Today we're sharing a simple but surprisingly effective homemade floor cleaner recipe that will remove all kinds of dirt and get your house gleaming.

Homemade floor cleaner recipe

Give it a try!

Our floor cleaner can be made with just 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards at home. It will cost you just pennies to make, is quick to whip up, and amazingly effective.

What you'll need (for a bucket-full):


  1. Add water and vinegar to your bucket, followed by the washing up liquid and essential oils.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. When ready to use, pour half of the contents into your mop bucket and top with warm water.

Vinegar is a popular choice in homemade cleaning products, and for good reason. Not only does it cut through grease and grime and deodorise smelly surfaces, but it also leaves a gleaming, streak-free finish.

Teamed with washing up liquid it will clean up almost any mess, including dried food and liquid spillages.

We picked lemon essential oil for its antibacterial properties and of course, fragrant smell. Despite the vinegar, this mixture is surprisingly fresh and any vinegary smells that do come through will quickly evaporate to leave floors smelling lovely.

WARNING: Always be cautious when using new products. This floor cleaner can be used on laminate, linoleum, tiled floors, and most other floors, however, care should be taken when using on hardwood floors. Hardwood floors come in a variety of coatings, some of which the acidic nature of vinegar could damage.

Always check with the manufacturer, or spot test, before using.

 Please give our homemade floor cleaner recipe a go and let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Linda on January 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I use white vinegar all the time and will definitely try these mixtures on my floors. I have 2dogs and 3 cats and like my floors smelling good.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Hope you like it, Linda!

  2. Author janice pat bown on January 30, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    i always find white vinegar to be quite expensive is there a cheaper alternative? also lemon essential oils dont even know where to get that from again is there an alternative?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 8, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      You can use apple cider vinegar or distilled malt vinegar as a cheaper alternative to white vinegar. Lemon juice or lemon zest can be used as a substitute for lemon essential oil, but they have different properties.

  3. Author Bernadette on February 25, 2021 at 9:10 am

    This is an amazing and helpful tip and video. Thank you for sharing this post.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      I'm glad you found it helpful, Bernadette!

  4. Author Toni German on January 6, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, what is washing up liquid? Thanks

    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      You might be more familiar with the term dish soap?

  5. Author Ann on September 11, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Tried this just the other day it's great leaves my tiled kitchen and bathroom floors gleaming and smells lovely thanks 👍 love all your expert tips keep them coming 😁

    1. Author Joanne A on September 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      We're so glad to hear that, Ann!


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