How to clean hardwood floors naturally?


I'm looking for a homemade solution to clean hardwood floors naturally. All suggestions welcome! Thank you.

  19 answers
  • 4ka30325615 4ka30325615 on Oct 01, 2017
    1 gal. Hot water
    3/4 cp. Olive oil
    1/2 cp. lemon juice
    clean and polish hardwood floors. The hot water & lemon clean the floor and the olive oil leaves a natural sheen. Apply with a mop that has been rung out well, then let it dry. No need to rinse after - once it dries your floors will look great.

  • A.V. Perkins A.V. Perkins on Apr 25, 2019

    I like to use warm water vinegar, a few drops of my favorite essential oil and microfiber cloth on a swifter stick.

  • Shosha Amonithil Shosha Amonithil on Jul 10, 2017
    Cold strong tea. My Gran would put all the leftover tea bags during the week in a big jar of water in the fridge then ise it to mop with. Need to rinse your mop in clear water so it will take two buckets.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 11, 2017
    Mix 2 tablespoons white vinegar with 2 quarts warm water in a large cleaning bucket. Swish your mop into the mixture and wring it as dry as you can and mop. Sprinkle a light coat of baking soda over the residue, which gives you a slightly gritty texture that causes no harm to the hardwood floors but assists you in removing the buildup on the floor. Dip a nylon scrub brush into the cleaning bucket and scrub off the residue, working the baking soda into the buildup. Continue until you have removed all the ground-in dirt. Let the floor air dry.

  • I use a steam mop with only distilled water in it.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Nov 26, 2019
    I prefer to use a microfiber flat mop because it won't hold a lot of water. I use one of two methods depending on the level of dirt on the wood floor.
    1) wet mop head and wring thoroughly. Fill spray bottle with equal parts vinegar, alcohol and water + 3 drops dishsoap. Spray area and mop with wrung out mop.
    2) add 3-4 drops of dish soap to hot water. Wet and thoroughly wring mop head. Mop area rinsing frequently.
    Additionally, I never use any wet mop until thoroughly dry moping the floor. Use a vacuum or dustmop to remove the all debris before moping with either of the above techniques.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 15, 2018
    Hi Barbara, I love my dark 100 year old floors and clean them with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. To give them and sheen (and to make the house smell incredibly) I usually add some lemon grass and eucalyptus essential oil.

  • Kim Kim on Mar 06, 2018
    If your hardwood is sealed, you should be able to clean with the swifter cleaner. Floor should not be left wet though.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 25, 2018
    1. Clear the floor. Clear the floor area of any furniture that's easy to move. ...
    2. Dry-mop or vacuum floor. This gets rid of all surface dirt and debris.
    3. Mop floor, going with the grain. If your floors are polyurethaned, dampen a mop with water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. ...
    Buff floor with a cloth.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 20, 2017
    Try using plain white toothpaste.Rub into the stain to allow it to penetrate and wipe off. Follow with a mixture of white vinegar and water.

  • Tere Tere on Sep 03, 2018

    I love my HAAN steam mop! No chemicals used, only water. Cleans beautifully w/no icky residue, ever. My hardwood still looks great after 20+ years!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 19, 2019

    I've used this since 2001 & my floors look like new

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

    1 tsp blue Dawn

    2 gallons warm water

    wring mop as much as possible

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 03, 2018

    I use plain water or the Swiffer for wood floors. Change the water or pads frequently so that you aren't leaving dirty residue on the floor. Use as little solution on the floor as possible to that it dries quickly. We just purchased a rug doctor floor cleaner for multiple floors and it sucks up the dirty water and it dries really quickly and leaves floors gleaming. With four dogs and lots of fine dirt and mud coming in the house, it has been a godsend! It came with removeable parts for carpet and wood or tile. It wasn't cheap, but it is worth the price for the job it does on the floors.

  • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Jul 10, 2019

    When I want to clean mine quickly, we sweep first, then place 4-5 unscented baby wipes on the floor overlapping. Press these down with a long handled push broom type tool (you can use any kind of tool that will hold the baby wipes against the floor while you push them around). Push the baby wipes around an area about 20 square feet. When you pick up the baby wipes you can use them to clean any stubborn spots on the floor with a minimum of bending. Start on another section of floor with more baby wipes. This system replicates the Swiffer type cleaners, without the expense. When we want to deep clean the floor, we vacuum and then use hot steam in a steam broom.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 14, 2012

    we simply use a damp towel for the bulk of our wood floor cleaning... In most cases excess "cleaner" can lead to dulling residues.

  • Dee W Dee W on Apr 14, 2012
    White vinegar and warm water works best for me-if they need some color, I brew 8 tea bags in 2 cups of hot water for 15 min, then add to /2 gallon of water. Wipe the floor and scratches disappear!

  • Linda D Linda D on Apr 14, 2012

    I use a damp clean cloth with water and either Dr. Bonner's soap or Murphy's soap

  • Stephanie M Stephanie M on Apr 30, 2012
    I have never had the opportunity to try this method myself, but I've heard for years that tea bags work very well to clean hardwood floors. The tannin in the tea is the key ingredient. Steep a couple of family-sized tea bags in boiling water, pour tea into bucket, clean floor with soft tea-dampened cloth. If you try this technique I'd love to hear your opinion!

  • Fran B Fran B on Apr 14, 2012
    It seems to me I used to use a solution of vinegar, water and a little bit of lemon oil.