You only need 3 household ingredients to make your own Homemade Wood Floor Polish. This solution is a safe and effective way to clean and restore shine to dull and aging wood floors.
Cleaning wood floors must be done with a little extra care than cleaning tile and linoleum. Cleaners with harsh chemicals can strip wood floors, leaving them dry and brittle. Cleaning wood floors with water can be done, but you must take great care in making sure that no water is left behind on your floors, or they could warp. The same can be said for wood laminate floors as well. Harsh chemical cleaners can cause laminate to discolor and can even wear away the top layer of the laminate. Water can cause warping and buckling in laminate floors too. You can easily and inexpensively make your own wood floor cleaner/polish using a few items from your kitchen pantry, and get those floors looking like new again!
How to Make Wood Floor Cleaner Video
If you’d like to see how I make and use my homemade wood floor cleaner, I created a quick video showing just how easy it is!
What’s in Homemade Wood Floor Polish?
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil ( Purchase HERE )
- 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar ( Purchase HERE )
- 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil ( optional for fragrance ) ( Purchase HERE )
- 2 cups of warm water
How Do You Make Your Own Wood Floor Cleaner?
Step 1 – Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a clean squirt bottle. I used an old floor cleaner bottle that I washed thoroughly.
Step 2 – Add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Step 3 – Add 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil. This step is completely optional. I like to add the lemongrass oil for fragrance. You could alternatively use lemon or orange essential oil or completely skip this step.
Step 4 – Finish it off by adding 2 cups of warm water.
Step 5 – Shake well before each use. Because there are no harsh chemical binders in this floor cleaner/polish, the ingredients will separate between uses. Just give it a good shake before each use and it will work perfectly.
How to Polish Wood Floors
Start by making this amazing homemade floor polish / cleaner.
Attach a microfiber cloth to mop head. I like to use one of my old Swiffer mops. I simply tuck the microfiber cloth into the indentions that are typically used for the Swiffer dusters. You could also attach the microfiber cloth with an elastic band on each side.
You can purchase Microfiber Cloths HERE if you like. They are amazing for cleaning so many things in your home and won’t scratch wood or laminate flooring.
Simply squirt or spray the polish on your floors in small sections.
And use the microfiber cloth mop to work the polish into the floors. No need to rinse! The vinegar and water help to clean the floors while the olive oil helps to polish and restore shine.
Your floors will look amazing and smell great too! This polishing / cleaning solution is safe for wood and laminate floors.
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