My favorite way to wash my hardwood floors is with warm water, vinegar, and essential oils. (You can see how I use this method in more detail with a bucket and microfiber cloths in this post.) The cleaning power comes from the water and vinegar, but I add a couple drops of essential oils to keep the house smelling a little less pickle-y. I’ve done a lot of research on this method and it is what is most recommended by hardwood floor installers and refinishers. However, vinegar is acidic, so it’s important to make sure that the ratio of water to vinegar is correct because too much vinegar can dull the finish of your floors. It’s also very important to use a barely damp cloth when washing your hardwood floors because too much water can damage your floors too.
Here are the simple ingredients:
I mix this up using the same ratio in my floor cleaner:
Pop on a label and you’re all set!
This is a Casabella Quick-Clean floor cleaner – I purchased it myself and love it. It’s double-sided, the ‘mop head’ is machine-washable, and it has a little texture on it perfect for cleaning up after a family. I bought it here (it’s still on sale), but you can also find it at your local big box stores.
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