DIY Floor Cleaners for Carpet and Hardwood

DIY Floor Cleaners

I think it is safe to say that DIY floor cleaners will save you a ton of money, right?! After all many recipes for DIY floor cleaners use items, most likely, already have in your home. Now the question is, “how well will they clean”? Will they give the same results as the more expensive store-bought floor cleaners?  I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results…I certainly was…and simple to make!

DIY Floor Cleaners

For the last several days to a week the forecasters are talking about this massive snow storm that predicted for our area.  I normally do not like to listen to them when they are forecasting these massive events days or even a week ahead of time…they are often wrong! WELLLLL… let me tell you… we are under BLIZZARD warnings for the next 36 hours.  They are predicting “Epic” amounts of snow…even potential to rival the Knickerbocker Snow Storm of 1922…yikes!

Blizzard Snowfall Predictions

I don’t know about you but when we have a big snow storm I feel the need to clean my house…why is that? I don’t know why but I do. So, once I felt certain we were in for a definite snow event, off to the store I went. Along with my milk, eggs, bread and toilet paper (and wine!) I gathered supplies to make some cleaning products.  My 1st order of business is some DIY floor cleaners.

Carpet Spot Cleaner

You Need:

  • Spray Bottle (don’t forget to label it)
  • 8 oz Peroxide
  • 16 oz distilled water
  • Baking Soda

Mix together in spray bottle peroxide and water.

Vacuum carpet that will be treated.

Generously sprinkle stained area with baking soda completely covering spot. Thoroughly spray the baking soda covered spot with peroxide mixture.  Let sit for 5 minutes. Use a bristle brush, gently scrubbing spot….watch spot disappear!

Before and after diy spot cleaner


Hardwood Floor Cleaner

  • 1 Gal Hot water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon Essential oil (may substitute with your favorite)
Hardwood floors before

My hardwood floors before using my DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner…Yuck!

DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner

My Hardwood Floors after using my DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner


Hardwood Floor Polish

  • 12 oz vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • spray bottle
  • Microfiber dry mop
Mix ingredients in spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray on clean and dry hardwood floors. Wipe with dry microfiber mop.
diy hardwood floor polish

Beautiful shine from my DIY hardwood floor polish


DIY Carpet Deodorizer

2 cups baking soda

20 drops favorite Essential Oil or Fragrance oil (my personal favorite: lavender EO)

DIY Carpet Deodorizer

Using a whisk, blend ingredients well so that all large lumps have disappeared down. Empty into a shaker bottle…the large plastic spice bottles from Costco work great or parmesan cheese shakers are good too. Sprinkle generously on carpet. Let sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum well. Repeat each time you vacuüm to keep a great smelling home.

PS…I didn’t complete this post until a couple of days after the big blizzard…we ended up with 28-29 inches of snow! If I ever have to pick up a snow shovel again will be too soon! I need to move to warmer weather!





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