Make Your Own Floor Cleaner – I Do!

Miss Thrifty6 May 21, 2009


We ran out of floor cleaner so I’ve started making my own, out of some of the old-fashioned tricks and treats that now grace my cleaning cupboard. It costs pennies and works just as well as the relatively expensive, chemical equivalent. The tiled floors also seem to dry more quickly, although I don’t know why that is.

Here is the recipe (if you can call it that):

1. A slosh of white vinegar in the mop bucket.

2. A little squirt of washing-up liquid.

3. Around half a cup of borax. (Borax and 5 litre bottles of white vinegar are both available at low cost from Summer Naturals.)

4. Fill the mop bucket with warm water and give it a swirl.

5. Off you go, Mr/Mrs Mop!

If you try this one, let me know how you get on…

Image credit: ToastyKen.

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6 Responses to “Make Your Own Floor Cleaner – I Do!

mhairi says:

Great idea!

Another way to avoid chemical cleaners, is to use e-cloths – they really do work on their own.

May 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

Great recipe –
now if I can just get someone else to do the mopping!

June 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm

savingsusie says:

I tried this yesterday in my kitchen – needed to add a bit of elbow grease, but results were brilliant on all these surfaces – vinyl flooring, ceramic tiles, wooden cupboards and ‘fridge and washing machine.
Will now experiment on paintwork and stainless steel.
So many thanks for the ‘recipe’.

July 1, 2009 at 11:48 am

Robyn Carter says:

I just did the same thing – went to wash my floors and had no cleaner. I didn’t have white vinegar, but had malt vinegar.

Put a bit of malt vinegar in the bucket. Added a heaped teaspoon of baking soda (frothed all up), then added a whole jug of boiling water. A drip of washing up liquid..

I have cream ceramic tiles – they came up like new, and it was really easy to get the grime off. No smell.

Will do this again – but will make sure I have white vinegar in my pantry from now on!

March 25, 2011 at 2:55 am

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