How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar & Vegetable Oil

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom

  • Dust mop

  • Vacuum (optional)

  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 2 cups vegetable oil

  • Spray bottle

  • Soft cloth

Vinegar and vegetable oil both disinfect and protect wood floors.

Cleaning hardwood floors with commercial floor cleansers isn't necessary. Homemade hardwood floor cleaners work equally well and they are far more earth-friendly and economical. Chances are you already have everything you need to make a homemade hardwood floor cleanser. You can use vinegar and vegetable oil to clean hardwood floors and leave them with a shine. Once you know how to clean your floors with vinegar and vegetable oil you will never have to spend money on expensive hardwood floor cleansers again.


Step 1

Remove all dirt, dust and debris from your hardwood floor with a broom. Follow with a dust mop to remove fine particles. If necessary use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove dirt and debris from hard-to-reach corners and underneath furniture and appliances.

Step 2

Pour 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 2 cups of vegetable oil into a clean spray bottle. Seal the spray bottle tightly and shake the contents well to blend.

Step 3

Clean the floor one section at a time. Spray a small section of your hardwood floor with the vinegar and vegetable oil cleanser. Spray enough cleanser to thinly coat the area you are cleaning.

Step 4

Rub the cleanser into the hardwood floor with a clean, soft cloth. Use a separate soft cloth to buff the area dry. Buff in small circular motions.



Hillary Marshall

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.