Thursday, November 7, 2013

Natural, Safe Tile Floor Cleaner- Only 3 Ingredients!

Just keep cleaning
Just keep cleaning
Just keep cleaning cleaning cleaning
What do we do we clean, clean, clean….

Sometimes, I feel like cleaning is my life. It's never done!! And with all the harsh chemicals it's so important to find something safe for my family. I mean, seriously, who want any nonylphenol ethoxylate on their toesies!

Psh! Chemicals. Ruin everything.

Anyways, months ago I went on a mission to find a GREAT natural tile floor cleaner. I honestly didn't think it would be that hard, but I should have known better! Whenever I think something will be easy-- it's not. Oh, life! You're so funny!! she said sarcastically, rolling her eyes (Yes, I am perfectly aware that I wrote in 3rd person)

I don't know how many different recipes I used but they all kept leaving a film on my tiles! It was driving me nuts. I knew that there had to be something better... and then I found it! Yay!

What You Need
All natural Tile Floor Cleaner #DIY #Greencleaning
  • 1.5 gallons hot/warm water
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (but you can add 1/4 c more for dirtier jobs)
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil(s) 
    • Like Purification, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves 
  • Optional for tough jobs: Add a splash of a green cleaner.
I've been eyeballing the measurements for a bit and it works just fine, so don't get too wrapped up on the exacts here!

Mix the ingredients into the hot to warm water. Stir to combine. 

Ready. Set. Mop!
How It Works
The best part is the drying time! It's fast which is great because I have pets who looovveee to walk around on my wet floor. By the time I finished mopping the great room, more than half of it was already dry! Awesome.

It did well at removing dirty spots from the tiles. It took a little bit of scrubbing to remove food debris in the kitchen, but if you just drop a little water solution on it and came back a minute later it was much easier to remove.

But the important part was that it worked! No film!! Clean floor!! Yay!!

Tile Floor Cleaner DIY

The hydrogen peroxide and the vinegar together really work well together to kill bacteria.  You can even add tea tree essential oil for more antiseptic qualities (unless you have a cat). Read Below Kitty Lovers:

*Essential Oils can be toxic to our cats even if it's just the smell! The following are the most dangerous to our kitty friends and if you must use it, then it should be diluted to less than 1% of your mix and should not be used around cats: Tea Tree, Hot Oils like Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon, Oregano, Etc, and also Citrus.  

The higher grade oils have been used to treat cats of ailments. Animal specialists recommend high grade oils if you will be using them around your feline friends such as  Young Living Essential Oils (which is what I use).

Now just keep cleaning cleaning cleaning! :)

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Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

Thanks for checking out my blog. I get serious about a few things in life: animals, chemicals, and food. For the rest I can't promise anything so keep the bar low. For more about me check out my "About Me" page! Happy DIYing!


  1. do you use something different for the grout?

    1. Ah! The grout.

      I have been experimenting with grout cleaners. Baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide (3:1) does well IF you have white grout. I do not. I bleached an area of my grout in my living room. {sad face}.

      If you use it, it should be a paste. You spread it over the grout lines, let it sit for up to an hour and then scrub away.

      I haven't found anything yet that seems to work on colored grout. I'll post something if I find it!

  2. Will this work with hardwood floors?

    1. I know of people who have used this successfully on hardwood floors. I even heard that it keeps the wood looking better for longer so that's awesome! If you try it I hope you let me know how it works for you!

  3. Thanks this really worked well on my shower tiles in the bathroom.

  4. Would Plant Therapy oils be considered "High-grade"? I have two cats, and did not know that most of those were toxic to them! I did know about the citrus, but I've been dropping Peppermint around the house to repel spiders, and want to make sure that's okay.

  5. I only recommend Young Living and that's the only essential oil I'm comfortable with using around my cats!

  6. Love your site❤❤❤❤ I pin all the time😁❤❤

  7. I also tried the peppermint drops in this, and was very refreshing, it really took out that vinegar smell., keep those pin coming girl, luv, miss ya❤❤😁



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