Homemade floor cleaner is so simple and easy to make, you may never go back to a commercial brand. Floors are just about the hardest things to keep clean in your home. Between dirty shoes, pet accidents and spills, there’s always something to clean on the floor. You probably go through a lot of commercial floor cleaner right now. Most commercial brands is already diluted for instant use, so you have to use most floor cleaners full strength right out of the bottle. If you’re like most folks, you might go through a whole bottle in just one week.
This homemade floor cleaner will save you a lot of money. But it will also help you to get cleaner floors faster. The fact is, this easy to make recipe for homemade floor cleaner is probably more effective than a lot of the commercial floor cleaner brands being sold. Try it for yourself and see. Here’s the simple recipe for homemade floor cleaner you can make right now.
Homemade Floor Cleaner
Into a bucket of very hot water, add:
- 1/2 cup regular white vinegar
- 1/4 Borax (Borax is a detergent booster, but it works on floors, too.)
- 1/4 washing soda
Use a large spoon to stir everything together well.
Use as you would any commercial brand floor cleaner. This works especially well on tile floors.
The best thing about this homemade floor cleaner is that you don’t need to do any rinsing afterward. Just be sure to let it dry thoroughly before letting the family crowd back in!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
This recipe for homemade laundry detergent has been making its way around the web, and for good reason. It works! It’s a bit labor intensive, but you’ll be making a huge batch so it will last a long time. Each load uses just one cup of this homemade laundry detergent solution.
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3rd of a bar Fels-Naptha soap
- Place the Fels-Naptha bar on a plastic cutting board. Using a standard kitchen chef’s knife, cut the Fels-Naptha bar into thirds. (You’ll use only 1/3rd of a bar each time you make this recipe. )
- Use either a hand or box grater to grate 1/3rd of the Fels-Naptha bar. (For best results, use the medium grate size, not the smallest size. The smallest size tends to retain too much of the soap particles, and you’ll end up wasting a lot of it.)
- Place a metal stock pot on the stove top, and fill it with six cups of tap water. Immediately add the grated Fels-Naptha soap. Heat the water and soap to a moderate temperature, with the object of melting the soap. Use a metal whisk to aid with the melting. Don’t walk away from the stove during this part. As you can see from the image, the suds rise quickly, and you could return to find suds spilled all over your kitchen range and floor.
- Move the suds over for a better look at the water. When the Fels-Naptha soap flakes are completely melted, add ½ cup of washing soda and ½ cup of Borax. Stir with the whisk to combine. Turn off the heat, remove the stock pot from the burner and set aside.
- Place a 2-quart pot on another burner on your stove top and fill with 4 cups of tap water. Heat to boiling.
- Place your 2-gallon bucket on a chair near the stove. You’ll be pouring large quantities of hot water, and this will make it easier and safer.
- Pour the 4 cups of boiling water into the bucket. Now pour the soap mixture into the bucket, and stir well with the whisk.
- Measure out 16 cups of tap water (room temperature is fine), and pour that into the bucket. Stir well with the whisk to combine.
- Set the bucket someplace where it won’t be disturbed and let it sit overnight. The next morning, you’ll find that the contents have solidified into a gel-like substance. If you touch the top with your fingertips, you’ll see that the surface bounces back.
- Store the laundry detergent near your washing machine for use. Use your homemade laundry detergent as you would any commercial brand. One cup of homemade laundry detergent will clean one load. (Don’t forget to label it so other family members will know what it is.)
Now that you have mastered your own homemade floor cleaner plus your own homemade laundry detergent, what’s the next DIY cleaner you’ll make? Let us know in the comment section below and share your recipe with us!