Clean Your Hardwood or Laminate Floors Naturally

Clean your hardwood or laminate floors naturally!

Here is an easy way to get your home’s hardwood or laminate floors clean naturally. No need to use toxic cleaners!  I get my floors clean fast and they are always ready and safe for my toddler to play on.

What you need:

  • Soft broom & dustpan
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Lemon juice (Use the juice of half a lemon)
  • Half a cup of white vinegar
  • Warm water

Easy Steps:

  • Sweep away dust and dirt from the floor with a soft broom
  • Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water and half a cup of white vinegar
  • Soak the mop in the mixture and wring out the mop to get rid of excess water. You want to ensure the mop is damp but NOT soaking wet.  (To much water will damage hardwood/laminate and cause the wood to crack or splinter)
  • Mop the floor side to side and up and down, work your way across the room
  • Dump the dirty water and fill the bucket with 1 gallon of warm water and the lemon juice
  • Mop the floor with the water and lemon juice solution
  • Finish by rinsing the floor with warm water
  • Floor should be damp (not too wet)  and it should be left to air dry

There you have it! Super clean shiny floors with a fresh lemony scent.

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76 responses to “Clean Your Hardwood or Laminate Floors Naturally”

  1. NYCmama1 — September 12, 2012 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    So trying this tomorrow…Thanks for posting.

  2. MG Atwood — September 13, 2012 @ 7:16 am (#)

    I use vinegar but never added the lemon juice. I’ll give this a try!

    • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — September 13, 2012 @ 1:31 pm (#)

      I use the lemon juice after the vinegar because I love the fresh lemony scent 🙂

  3. Andrea Scott — September 13, 2012 @ 11:56 am (#)

    I love it! Will try today

  4. Elva Roberts — September 13, 2012 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    September 13-If this will make my hardwood floor shine like yours does, I’m all for it. Thank you for this environment way of cleaning .el03ro

  5. Mei — September 13, 2012 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    I use vinegar and water and essential oil like orange…but I should try lemon juice since it will help clean and smell nice! Thanks

  6. Anna — September 14, 2012 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    I’ve been wanting to try a natural cleaner for ages! Will definitely try this!

  7. Deb Dorrington — September 17, 2012 @ 3:13 pm (#)

    My Mother showed me this tip years ago and I totally agree with you Angela the hardwood floors look fantastic after. They are so shiny after and really easy to dust mop after…thanks!

  8. Doreen Musson — September 18, 2012 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Natural is the best. Thanks for this!

  9. tennille — September 23, 2012 @ 10:11 am (#)

    I have been looking for a good recipe—thanks. Any idea if it is ok to sit in my spray mop? I mop often with a cat and 2 kids so it is nice to have something always in the bottle good to do.

    • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — September 23, 2012 @ 10:47 am (#)

      Tenille, I have water/vinegar solutions in spray bottles without an issue, but maybe try to keep the lemon juice separate 🙂

  10. Bobbi Mcmurry — November 4, 2012 @ 3:29 am (#)

    Thanks for the tip. I especially like the lemony fresh part. Gonna try this

  11. Stephanie LaPlante — January 20, 2013 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    Great idea! We just got hardwood floors and we’re still learning about the upkeep.

  12. serena adkins — January 22, 2013 @ 5:25 am (#)

    I have had the real hard wood floors in my house for 6 years now. I notice that you have to pay special attention to them if you want them to stay looking good. I normally use a polish and some bleach on them but I think I am gonna try out your solution and see if I notice a difference. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Emilia T — January 23, 2013 @ 11:10 am (#)

    I chore made simpler and economical thanks

  14. Nicole Becker — March 20, 2013 @ 10:20 pm (#)

    I did this and my hardwood floors turned out sooooo nice!!! Thanks so much for posting this!!

  15. Michelle Chow — April 12, 2013 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. I like that you explained each step and mentioned how to properly mop a floor. This is another easy tip that uses natural ingredients which make me feel better when cleaning my house. Thank you for another great post, One Smiley Monkey.

  16. Robin Wilson — April 25, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

    I am trying so hard to learn how to clean naturally. Personally I love the smell of vinegar, and who doesn’t love the smell of lemons! I have to mop my floors every few days, so this is a life saver!

  17. Rebecca Moeller — May 26, 2013 @ 12:10 am (#)

    Thank you so much! Our entire house is hardwood, and it is so hard to keep clean! I will be trying this:)

  18. Erika B — June 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am (#)

    Good thing I went and bought 2 huge jugs of vinegar because I’ve learned so many new ways to use it for cleaning, who would have thought!! Thañks for posting I can’t wait to try this!

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  20. Debbie Bashford — July 4, 2013 @ 8:02 am (#)

    I love using white vinegar and seriously use it to clean just about everything

  21. Vesper — July 11, 2013 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Thanks for the information – the lemon is going to make my kitchen floor smell nice

  22. Judy C — July 23, 2013 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    I use the vinegar but never the lemon, thanks for the tip!

  23. Crystal Wonitoy — August 1, 2013 @ 7:31 am (#)

    I’m definitely going to try this, I use an environmentally friendly floor wash but it leaves a film.

  24. Jo-Anne Pfoh — August 7, 2013 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    this is a wonderful idea and no harsh smell thanks

  25. Ashleigh Swerdfeger — August 31, 2013 @ 2:25 am (#)

    This is a great way to clean floors! I love how it doesn’t use any chemicals and uses products we have in our home.

  26. Elva Roberts — September 12, 2013 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    September 12-I love your tip for cleaning Hardwood and Laminate floors. I plan to follow it to the letter. Your floor looks beauruful. Thank you.

  27. Jeannie — October 6, 2013 @ 7:42 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing how to clean laminate without using any chemicals. I like to keep the floors clean, but with little ones around, they always seem to drop their food on the floor and immediately pick it up and put it in their mouth. I wanted to clean the floor without using any chemicals. Thanks.

    • Organic — July 30, 2014 @ 11:18 pm (#)

      Vinegar is a chemical. It is acetic acid.

      Just because it’s a “chemical” doesn’t make it dangerous!

  28. loriag — October 19, 2013 @ 6:12 am (#)

    Great way to clean floors and disinfect with ingredients you have around the house.

  29. Toni Marie Caravello Feimer — November 12, 2013 @ 6:08 am (#)

    I also use a recipe and put in alcohol, vinegar, H202, Theives Oil and water. Leaves floors clean with not residue. Lemon seems like a good addition and maybe a drop of natural dish soap… just a little drop not too much.

  30. natasha van de walle — December 3, 2013 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    love this! i will be trying it!

  31. Tiffany Wilson — December 7, 2013 @ 4:04 pm (#)

    I just started using vinegar for cleaning and will definitely try this!

  32. Jean — February 14, 2014 @ 5:20 am (#)

    I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this. We put laminate in our master bath last year and I’m never sure what to clean it with. Love the natural ingredients!

  33. Laurie P — February 18, 2014 @ 5:15 am (#)

    Although I know vinegar is probably the best stuff out there for cleaning, I personally cannot stand it. Mostly for the smell, but the lemons probably help with that. I’ve always used a 50/50 mix of water and alcohol (rubbing alcohol), spray and wipe. It evaporates super quick without seeping into the wood.

  34. Aliya D. — February 23, 2014 @ 7:09 am (#)

    I’ll be sure to send the link to my mom, she struggles to keep their hardwood floods clean. Thank you.

  35. addibrae — March 12, 2014 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    This sounds great. I hate chemical smells.

  36. Wanda Tracey — April 15, 2014 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    This sounds wonderful.I haven’t tried the lemon juice and so I’m hoping it leaves a nice shine on the floor.This is an awesome tip for my laminate floors.Thanks so much.

  37. Aisha Belisario — April 28, 2014 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    This is a good tip for cleaning hardwood floor. I will give this a try. I like it when our house smells nice.

  38. Jeannie — May 20, 2014 @ 12:38 am (#)

    Those are great tips for cleaning laminate floors naturally! Sometimes I think it’s hard to find ways to properly clean laminates without really destroying it and with 2 little kids, I want to keep our place as clean as possible without any chemicals.

  39. Luxury Vinyl Calgary — July 22, 2014 @ 12:25 am (#)

    Thanks for the great recipe for the hardwood cleaner. I will have to try this out on my own hardwood floors and see how it works for me.

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  41. DARLENE W — August 28, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

    Sounds good, I am going to be tackling the upstairs floors today

  42. kathy+downey — October 26, 2014 @ 6:03 am (#)

    Thanks I love vinegar for cleaning

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  44. kathy+downey — November 17, 2014 @ 5:30 am (#)

    Thanks for the great tip

  45. Jody+D — November 29, 2014 @ 5:26 am (#)

    The smell would be an added bonus to the clean floors!

  46. Theresa Hover — February 23, 2015 @ 9:04 am (#)

    We could easily do this, as we have all the ingredients on hand, but do you really mop the same floor 3 times? (vinegar/water, lemon/water, and then plain water?) Do you really need to do the last water rinse?

  47. kathy downey — March 3, 2015 @ 6:01 am (#)

    I love vinegar for my hardwood floors,nothing make them shine any better

  48. kathy downey — March 29, 2015 @ 7:48 am (#)

    Thanks for the tip recipe for the hardwood cleaner

  49. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 9, 2015 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    In my last house I had wonderful old hardwood floors, they were beautiful. I wish I’d have known this cleaning trick then. I now have cork tiles and carpet only – ceramic tiles only in the bathroom. No wooden floors now 🙁

  50. Wanda Tracey — June 16, 2015 @ 8:04 pm (#)

    This sounds wonderful or putting that extra shine on the floors.Thanks so much for posting this.

  51. Wanda Tracey — June 16, 2015 @ 8:08 pm (#)

    This sounds wonderful for putting that extra shine on the floors.Thanks so much for posting this.

  52. Mishelle — August 5, 2015 @ 8:04 am (#)

    I would love to have a cleaner that leaves a shine! I have lovely laminate but it never looks all that shiny after I watch it… makes me sad.

    M

  53. kathy downey — September 13, 2015 @ 10:53 am (#)

    I always use vinegar for my hardwood floors but never thought of adding lemon,thanks

  54. kathy downey — September 27, 2015 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    Thanks the added Lemon makes a beautiful scent

  55. kathy downey — November 17, 2015 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    We just recently resanded our hardwood floors right thru the house and just a damp mop of this solution makes everything so fresh and clean

  56. Elaine Buonsante — January 4, 2016 @ 10:05 pm (#)

    Our upcoming project is to replace our carpeting with laminate flooring so I really appreciate your tips on how to clean them. 🙂

  57. kathy downey — January 31, 2016 @ 11:46 am (#)

    Since i try the lemon,i have been using it weekly

  58. Treen Goodwin — April 3, 2016 @ 11:28 am (#)

    thanks for sharing , i will def be trying this out , sounds awesome 🙂

  59. Rosie — April 23, 2016 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    I love this. I have parquet and it is hard to clean. I typically do quite a bit on hands and knees with damp paper towels.

  60. Debbie White Beattie — June 6, 2016 @ 1:34 am (#)

    I always thought that vinegar would hurt the floors and now that I know it won’t I can start using i. thanks

  61. Darlene W — June 19, 2016 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    It is so hard to keep my floors clean with the dog strutting about all day, I will try this hen I do the floors next

  62. Janet M — August 11, 2016 @ 9:54 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe. Vinegar is such a great product and so versatile.

  63. olive oli soap — November 21, 2016 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    Great post.

  64. Wanda Tracey — September 8, 2017 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    This is a great tip to get the floors clean with vinegar,water and lemonjuice.I love how they come up looking so shiny too!

  65. Elva Roberts — October 9, 2017 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    I have just read your post on how to clean a hardwood floor. I am anxious to try it and I will as soon as I have housecleaned the rest of the room, which I like to do before I do the floor. Thank you for your tips.

  66. Rosanne Robinson — March 9, 2019 @ 4:47 pm (#)

    I love using vinegar and baking soda to clean all over the house. I’ve been using a vinegar & water mix to clean our hardwood floors, so looking forward to trying the lemon & vinegar combination, thx!

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