I’m happy today to have my new blog friend, Laura, guest writing at the blog today for our Natural Homemaking theme!  Laura is a work-at-home-wife, crunchy DIY’er, and the creative mommy of two little ones.  Please give her a warm welcome and be sure to drop by her blog, Little Bits of Granola.



When we moved into our home, I was in love with the wood floors in the dining room.  

But I must admit, I was a little scared that we would ruin them!  I’ve always gotten the impression that wood floors are hard to care for.  Truth is, wood floors are actually wonderfully durable and pretty easy to maintain.

I clean our wood floors in our dining room about once a week.  Of course we sweep and spot clean after every meal since this is the room where a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old eat meals.

And truthfully, the floors could probably stand to be thoroughly cleaned more often than that!  But hey, I’m a busy mom and I do my best. 🙂

Simple Recipes for Cleaning and Polishing Wood Floors without Scary Chemicals! -- by Little Bits of Granola

I use this simple recipe for cleaning my wood floors.  I like to spray the cleaner on the floor and mop up using my steam mop (I use this one) because the heat makes the floors dry more quickly.

If you have a steam mop, be sure it has a setting that is safe for wood floors.  Or you can just as well mix this up in a mop bucket using the same proportions and clean your floors with a regular mop.  To do that, just multiply the ingredients by 8 to make 1 gallon of floor cleaner.

Clean and Polish Wood Floors with All-Natural Ingredients -- by Little Bits of Granola

DIY Wood Floor Cleaner

2 Tablespoons White Vinegar

2 Cups Warm Water

2-3 drops essential oil (I love lemon, lemongrass, or eucalyptus)

Mix together in a spray bottle and spray directly on the floor in small sections, mopping each section with a steam mop.

If your floors are a little grimy, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of Castile soap.  A little goes a long way, so you really don’t need much.

I also polish the floors occasionally using this next recipe – usually once per season.  During spring cleaning is a great time to do this.  It gives them a good conditioning and makes them shiny!

DIY Wood Floor Polish

1/4 Cup White Vinegar

3/4 Cup Olive Oil

15 drops essential oil (for this, I typically use a combo of lemon and eucalyptus)

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray directly on the floor in small sections.  Polish each section with a microfiber cloth.

You could also try using a microfiber mop, but I find it easier to really work the polish into the wood using a cloth.

I did half of my floor so you could see the effect.

Simple Recipes to Clean and Polish your Wood Floors with All-Natural Ingredients - by Little Bits of Granola

That isn’t a wet floor – that is how it looks after it’s polished!

You can also use this polish on wood furniture.  It is so much safer than the stuff in the yellow can.  It is much better on the environment and you don’t have to worry about your kids touching the furniture after you’ve polished it!  That’s always a win in my book.

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How do you care for your wood floors and furniture?  Do you have a go-to recipe you love?  Share with us below!

If you like these recipes, you might also like my Citrus Rosemary Kitchen Disinfecting Spray.

Follow my Eco Clean board on Pinterest for other great cleaning tips!


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Author: Laura Baily

Laura is a work-at-home wife and momma of two who believes natural-living doesn't have to be hard, or weird, or expensive. She looks for beauty and joy in the ordinary and is on a journey toward a simpler and more content lifestyle. She shares her experiences, tips, and lessons learned over at her blog, Little Bits of Granola.

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6 thoughts on “DIY Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish

  1. Do you have to use the essential oil? I have a cat and was told that lemon and orange oils among some others are unsafe for cats because their livers don’t filter them out properly so it is a toxin.

    Posted on August 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm
    1. Raini, I’m sure you could leave out the essential oils if you prefer!

      Posted on August 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  2. Just used the polish recipe to shine up a garage sale apple box purchase (new library book “basket” now), and of course had plenty of polish, so got started and couldn’t stop, til I’d done the dining room floor too! Thankfully my 1 and 3 yr olds didn’t wake up early from their naps… Thanks for sharing your tips and recipes!

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm
    1. That sounds like an awesome garage sale find!! Thanks for sharing, Priscilla!

      Posted on May 2, 2015 at 5:56 am
  3. Thanks for having me over and letting me share, Kristy! Have a beautiful Monday!

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 8:04 am
    1. I’m honored to have you writing here, Laura!

      Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:19 am