Easy Homemade Mopping Solutions

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Most people love the feel of a clean freshly mopped floor, but they're not always a fan of the residue left by mopping solutions you can buy at the store. If you want a way to clean your floors without heavy chemicals, some common ingredients can pack a powerful punch on even the highest traffic dirty floors. A bonus is that these recipes will leave your floors clean with no residue, and that hint of shine that we all look for in a freshly mopped floor.


Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that works well as a mopping solution without leaving any chemical residue on your floors. Some people don't like the scent. While you will smell the vinegar as you mop and clean, this will fade away rapidly as it dries. The results left behind are a gorgeous, clean floor. Try these three different combinations to clean your dirty floors. Cut the recipe in half if you have only a small area to mop.

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 gallon of warm water, and 2 tablespoons of mild dish soap
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 gallon of warm water, and several drops of scented oils or lemon juice
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Window Cleaner

Window or glass cleaner may not be a completely natural ingredient, but it is a lot more simple than many of the mopping cleaners you will find sold on store shelves. It works great to give your mirrors and glass a nice clean surface, but it can also be used to mop your floors. A window cleaner has an added benefit of removing streaks from shiny surface floors and can even eliminate the need to buff your floors dry depending on the type of surface you have in your home. You can even use window cleaner as a spot cleaner on your floors, spraying directly from the bottle and using a wet mop to wipe and remove dirt and sticky spots from the ground. The good thing about this recipe is that you can make a lot or a little depending on your needs.


  • Mix 1 part window cleaner to one part warm water to clean vinyl and tile floors. For laminate floors, less window cleaner is needed. Try 1/4 cup for 1/2 gallon of water.
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Dish Soap

Mild dish soap can work well as a floor cleaner, and since it is so mild, it can be used on most floor types without leaving a sticky residue. Don't overuse it, though. Too much and you can have a slightly sticky film on your floors.


  • Mix 1/4 cup of mild dish soap with 3 cups of warm water.
  • Mix 1/4 cup dish soap, 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
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Rubbing Alcohol

For laminate flooring, usually, water is enough to clean thoroughly. But when you need a little extra cleaning power, rubbing alcohol can help. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly which prevents streaks and lines from drying onto your floor. When you use rubbing alcohol, it can help eliminate the need to buff and shine the floor dry.


  • Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol in 1 gallon of warm water
  • Mix 1 part vinegar, 1 part rubbing alcohol, and 1 part warm water
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