How to Make a Neutral Floor Cleaner

Bought cleaners, besides being expensive, may contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system. Cleaners with high acidity can damage some types of flooring materials, whereas cleaners that are heavy bases (the opposite of acids) are sometimes caustic. The term "neutral" means that the pH level of the substance is balanced. You can save yourself some money and protect yourself from irritating chemicals by creating your own neutral floor cleaner.

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Keep your mop clean to avoid merely pushing the dirt around on your floor.

Step 1

Pour approximately 3 qts. of hot water into a bucket.

Step 2

Add 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the bucket. The pH of baking soda is 9, and the pH of vinegar is 4. Water has a neutral pH of 7, which means that the majority of your cleaning solution is inherently neutral. The ratio of baking soda to vinegar also helps to neutralize these two natural cleaning products.

Step 3

Stir the contents of the bucket to mix the ingredients.

Step 4

Mop your floor with the neutral cleaning solution. For best results, dry the area with a lint-free cloth.


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.