These Are the Four Ingredients You Need for Any DIY Floor Cleaner

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Commercial floor cleaners are expensive and not necessarily more effective than simple DIY recipes. If you want a simple solution for your very dirty floors, check out these simple recipes.

Sometimes, you’re just not sure what exactly it is you’re using to clean your house. For those looking to make the shift towards more natural products, many store-bought options are out of the question. Enter DIY floor cleaners. Not only can at-home recipes mean you know exactly what’s going on your surfaces, but you can cut down on costs, and who doesn’t love to save some cash?

One of the dirtiest surfaces in your home is your flooring. No matter what your floor is made of—laminate, stone, or tile—footprints, tracked-in dirt, and paw prints (if you have pets) build up over time, leaving your home looking a bit more ragged than it has to be. You don’t have to bust out a chemical soup to keep your floors sparkling though; you can make your own cleaner using just a few ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

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According to Hunker, to DIY your own cleaner, you need just four key ingredients for nearly every recipe for any type of floor: rubbing alcohol, dish soap, distilled white vinegar, and baking soda. With just these products, you have found—likely in your own pantry—ingredients that can eliminate the guesswork of what could break you out in a rash or potentially be toxic.

For example, if you have wood floors, you might have noticed streaking and a hazy look to its surface. An easy DIY solution is rubbing alcohol. All you need to create the cleaner is water, distilled white vinegar, dish liquid, and rubbing alcohol. Boom! You not only have an effective cleaner but also one where you know every single ingredient inside.

Check out their various recipes and ratios to mix floor cleaners for every part of your home here.

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