Wanting a clean floor in your home is something most people can agree with, but wanting a clean floor without harsh, expensive cleaners can be hard if you don’t know about other options.
Sure, you could pay for all-natural cleaners, but the truth is that they are extremely overpriced and may not fit into your budget. Luckily, you can easily learn how to make disinfecting floor cleaner with only 2 ingredients that is both budget friendly and works like a charm.
The simplest disinfecting floor cleaner you can make at home consists of a white vinegar/water base with added essential oils. Yes, you read that right. Good old vinegar and essential oils make an amazing floor cleaner and once you try it, you will never want to switch.
Before you use your homemade disinfecting floor cleaner, it’s best to know why it works so well so you can have confidence that your floor cleaner is not only cleaning your floor but disinfecting it as well. In today’s world, keeping a clean and disinfected home has never been more important.
White vinegar may smell strong, but it has been shown to be just as strong as it’s smell. Because of its acidic nature combined with other properties it carries, it has been shown to not only be as effective as bleach at disinfecting but also to be antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial. This makes it a great ingredient in any homemade cleaner, but especially one that needs to disinfect something that gets as dirty as floors do.
Essential oils can also have some of those same properties. Many of them are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Which oil you will use when you make a disinfecting floor cleaner will depend on which properties you want to have included.
Citrus oils are known to be antibacterial and antiviral. Lemon oil specifically is also antifungal and has been shown to be effective at killing E. Coli bacteria. This makes it a fantastic go-to for your floor cleaner. However, it is your cleaner so please feel free to use whichever essential oil and whichever brand of oils you prefer.
For the most natural floor clean possible either make your own white vinegar or buy an organic one to start with. Conventional vinegars may have toxins in them that you do not want near your floor and your family. The same can be said about your essential oils. If you do not make your own, be sure to use only 100% pure essential oils from a brand you trust.
If you plan to use lemon essential oils, you can also make a concentrated cleaning base at home to make things easier. To do this, soak the peel of organic lemons in a jar filled with white vinegar for four to six weeks. Shake the jar every few days but do not touch it otherwise. Over time the oils in the peels will leach into the vinegar giving you a very powerful cleaning concentrate. When you are ready to use it, strain the entire jar through cheesecloth to remove the peels and any pieces of pith that may be floating in it.
No matter which option you choose to go with, you’ll want to be sure you store your floor cleaner in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Essential oils are considered “hot” and as such they can weaken plastics. This would allow any petro chemicals in the plastic to leach into your cleaner. If you are using actual essential oils, you may also want to consider storing it in a dark glass jar. Light is one of the enemies of essential oils and over time can weaken their properties.
To make your disinfecting floor cleaner with essential oils:
3 quarts distilled white vinegar
1 quart distilled water
50+ drops of your favorite essential oil
Combine all in a glass jar and shake very well. Mop your floors like normal with it. There is no need to rinse.
To make your floor cleaner with a concentrated cleaning base:
Combine 2 quarts lemon concentrated cleaning base with 2 quarts distilled water. Mop floors as normal. There is no need to rinse.
Finally, you can easily substitute citrus oils or peels for each other since most have the same properties as each other. Orange peels and orange oils are a great substitution if you don’t like the smell of lemon. The biggest key to how disinfecting your floor cleaner ends up being is having a clean mop to start with and making sure to change your water as frequently as needed. If you can no longer see the mop when it is dipped into the bucket, it may be time to change your water.