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The Best DIY Floor Wash

Updated on August 12, 2017
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Amber is a single mom on a fixed income, a couponer, a DIYer, and an accounting student who knows the value of her pennies.

When it comes to homstraianing products, I love to do it myself with products I have kicking around my house.

My main goal is to use less packaging and save money. I work hard for my pennies, I like to keep them.

So I'm going to share my two favorite floor wash recipes.

I'm obsessed with shiny floors. And as much as I love the smell of Orange Pine-Sol, I don't love the cost (I know, I can buy it at the Dollar Store, but you'd be surprised at how much money you're NOT saving when you buy there ) and I don't love that one more package that I have to take to the recycling.

So here is my recipe for a floor wash that I use on my linoleum.

The Ingredients:


Dish Soap


Yup. That's it.

I don't have a lot of linoleum, so I use maybe 5L of hot tap water, straight into my mop bucket. Then I add a tablespoon of dish soap. Right now I'm using Palmolive's Almond scented soap. It smells divine.

Then I add about a half a cup of vinegar. And that's it.

If you're not so hot on the smell of vinegar, skip it, and add a couple tablespoons of Borax. It doesn't have such a strong smell to it. Then rather than having an ammonia based cleaner you will have a peroxide base. This alternative is great if you live in an area with a heavy ant population. I use this in my Vileda or Swiffer Wet Jet for daily cleaning.

If you have hardwood floors, like I used to:


Murphy's Oil Soap


I love the smell of Murphy's. So for this recipe, again if I was using a 5L pail, I would fill it with hot tap water, add a tablespoon of the Murphy's Oil, and a couple tablespoons of the Borax.

My floors were so shiny even my landlord was impressed.

© 2017 Amber Joy


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