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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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

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

  1. So trying this tomorrow…Thanks for posting.

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

  3. I love it! Will try today

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

  7. 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. Natural is the best. Thanks for this!

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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. I chore made simpler and economical thanks

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. I’m not that much of a internet reader to
    be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. Many thanks

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

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

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

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

  24. this is a wonderful idea and no harsh smell thanks

  25. 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. 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. 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.

    • Vinegar is a chemical. It is acetic acid.

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

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

  29. 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. love this! i will be trying it!

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

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

  35. This sounds great. I hate chemical smells.

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

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

  42. Thanks I love vinegar for cleaning

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  44. Thanks for the great tip

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

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

  48. Thanks for the tip recipe for the hardwood cleaner

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

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

  52. 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.


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

  54. Thanks the added Lemon makes a beautiful scent

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

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

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

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

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

  63. Great post.

  64. 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. 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. 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!

  67. This is a really helpful tip and I love the smell of lemon. We just put down some new laminate floors and I am very cautious about ruining the finish on them. Thank you for this.

  68. I use lemon juice with little warm water. It dose super clean my hardwood floors.

    Beside other tips also noted for hardwood floor.

    Thanks for nice sharing

  69. It is a great tip to do clean floors by using vinegar,water and lemon juice.I like how they come up looking so shiny too!

  70. I very much prefer to use natural cleaning solutions. Love this idea. Definitely pinning for later.


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