Floor Cleaner Recipe (Hardwood, Tile, Carpet) 17 Days of Natural Cleaning


I love being Cajun but goodness can it ever get messy when you consider that rice can be a staple of our diet:  jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and stuffed anything all contain rice. Can I tell ya, rice and toddlers don’t mix.

They drop it on the floor. They throw it at the table. Basically they get it everywhere but their mouth. And cleaning up rice is a pain.

But, don’t worry. Cajuns also know a thing or two about making cleaning a breeze and my mama taught me how to clean up rice with no problems, especially from the time I spent employed getting carpets cleaned by Vale Carpet Cleaning Cardiff.

The solution: use baby powder.

It really does work.

Simply sprinkle the rice with a bit of baby powder and let it sit for a minute. The baby powder absorbs most of the moisture from the rice and makes it broom friendly.

Just sweep it up and toss it out. It’s a no mess, no fuss way to clean up sticky rice.

Removing Pet Hair

Pet hair is another trouble maker for my home. The problem with it is that it is so thin and light that it usually just floats somewhere else when I’m sweeping. I finally found a solution for that. I use the Eureka Quick Up Sweeper.

I first saw this little beauty in the salon where I get my hair cut and styled. They use it to get all of the hair off of their floors and I figured if it worked for them then it should work for me. And does it ever! I love this thing. I do not ever want to go back to the days before it where I had to basically get on the floor and wipe up the piles of dog hair since the broom and dust pan didn’t do the job effectively. I just use my Eureka Sweeper and all is well in my world!

For mopping I prefer a basic solution. I don’t make this ahead of time because there is no need to. I just make it as I need it. It is simple enough to do that.

Floor Cleaner

Add all ingredients into a mop bucket. Stir to combine. Mop as usual. No need to rinse. This solution is not sticky. Yay!

Wood Floor Cleaner

Add all ingredients into a mop bucket. Stir to combine. Mop as usual. No need to rinse. Allow the floor to air dry before walking over it. It will shine beautifully and won’t be sticky!

Carpet Cleaning

For basic spot cleaning on our carpets, I use the natural All Purpose Spray recipe. I just spray it on. Give it about 3-5 minutes to soak and then blot it out. If the stain is oily then I sprinkle baking soda on the spot first. Then I vacuum it up. That usually removes most of the oil. Then I go on and spray and clean with the all purpose spray.

Other posts in this series: Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products

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  1. These are great tips! The baby powder tip will come in very handy in my house, Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks! I just love your recipes. I have been using your all-purpose cleaner, hand soap recipe (though it does seem to run down the bottle… maybe more glycerine?), and I made up a 1/2 gallon of this floor solution. I am going to put it into an old swiffer refill I have (just figured out how to remove the cap), I’m hoping it will work- that way I can be natural and thrifty!

  3. Hi!
    I currently use the Swiffer mop but would love to switch to using this cleaner but I’ve never bought a “real” mop in my life – haha! What brand do you use/recommend. Thanks in advance!
    God Bless,

  4. This may sound crazy but what brand/type of mop do you use? I want to try these cleaners and get rid of my swiffer! Thanks!

  5. Question about the floor cleaner: used it for the first time today, without the essential oils though (had been using just water/vinegar mix). I later spilled something and grabbed a clorox wipe (don’t have any all purpose spray made up yet) and it looked like dirt on the wipe! I couldn’t believe it. No one had been in the kitchen yet either. What did I do wrong? I have 2 young kids and 2 dogs, I really want to know my floors are clean. Please help!

  6. Many homeowners want to have hardwood floorings but do not know how to care for them properly. With these tips, we can maintain the good appearance of our flooring at no high costs, thanks for the tips!

  7. So my husband used the all-purpose spray on the carpet when one of my kids spilled red juice last week. He was so impressed with how well it worked that when he used the carpet scrubber this morning he used it instead of the store-bought cleaner. He just poured the gallon I had made into the section you normally fill with water. It worked great! I honestly think it worked better than the other stuff (and smells better) 🙂

  8. Love these natural homemade ideas! Ii can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

  9. Hello,
    Can you use this cleaner on laminate?

  10. Do you have any kind of solution that can be used in a carpet scrubber? We have 3 young children and 3 dogs (2 large and 1 small) so our carpet gets pretty dirty! I vacuum daily, but we usually need to scrub it about once a month. I really hate using the commercial products and try to by the “natural” ones, but I know they are still full of chemicals. And then as soon as the carpet is dry my kids and dogs go and lay on it and I cringe!

  11. Just wondering if the essential oils in your recipes (those in this post, and others) are a necessary part of the recipe, or if they are just to add a nice aroma? I’d love to make the recipes, but the essential oils are so expensive!


    • The essential oils add more antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and therapeutic properties to the cleaners. You can use the cleaners without them but you just get additional benefits by using them. And, to give you an example, one bottle of essential oils can last for a year or more. They are a bit of money up front but they last a long time.

      • I guess I knew that about oils like lavender and tea tree (which I’m allergic to… big bummer!) and many others, but didn’t realize it was true for lemon as well. What size bottle do you buy of the oils?

      • Marielle says:

        Amy, you are a inspiration to me. I switch to green and homemade product and I feel physically better. More energy and no ore headache.
        Keep up the great ideas.

  12. Just bought the Eureka Quick Up Sweeper….I have been looking for something light to clean my stairs and pick up cat hair….thanks for the tip!

  13. These are great tips. Thanks…I like DIY cleaning recipes, because they’re not toxic..AND it saves my wallet 😉 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

    • love and hugs to you too, Heather!

    • Well… they *might* be non-toxic. The jury seems to still be out on borax. Check this out on borax:

      Borax was added to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list on 16 December 2010. The SVHC candidlate list is part of the EU Regulations on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals 2006 (REACH), and the addition was based on the revised classification of Borax as toxic for reproduction category 1B under the CLP Regulations. Substances and mixtures imported into the EU which contain Borax are now required to be labelled with the warnings “May damage fertility” and “May damage the unborn child”.

      Okay, that’s from wikipedia, but should be pretty verifiable.
      Any thoughts as to the effectiveness of these cleaners WITHOUT borax? I’d love to make these, just without borax, if that would work.

      • btw, sorry about the links in my comment. i didn’t add them, they just appeared. ??? feel free to eliminate them if you have that option

        • I am not sure what the links were. I installed a plug in a while back that is supposed to help with internal linking. I think it took some liberties on my blog that it shouldn’t have. I deleted it. 🙂

      • First of all, let me say how excited I am that you actually look into things like this. So many people blindly follow the suggestions or opinions of others without investigating for themselves. I seriously applaud you for that. We should never just take someone’s word for things like this.

        I’ve read and seen debates on the Borax topic and with the in-depth help of two friends I trust (SIL is an environmental engineer and a dear friend is a chemistry professor) I have come to the conclusion that Borax is safe for most uses. I won’t cover all of the evidence and contributing factors that brought me to that conclusion (although I may in a future post) but I’ll hit on the main points.

        The study you mentioned was done in Europe and the reason for it was that many Europeans were ingesting small amounts of Boron (Borax) daily. Borax, in my opinion based on what I’ve learned, should not be consumed. I only say that because there is a minute chance that it could cause reproductive issues when orally ingested. Reproductive issues happened in rodents and rabbits that ingested the Borax but tests on humans showed no effects. However, I wouldn’t eat it just to be safe! 🙂 And, it isn’t the Borax that is the problem but rather the chemical reaction that takes place once it is mixed with internal body acids. This does not happen on the surface of the skin.

        As far as the amount that is absorbed into the skin (it is not easily absorbed), more than 90% is excreted within 24 hours with the remainder soon to follow. But, study after clinical study shows that boron is very difficult to absorb into the skin. Usually it only happens if there is an open wound.

        It is not listed as a carcinogen and it does not accumulate in the body.

        I also think it is important to note that Borax is considered just as safe table salt and baking soda. In fact, some spices and seasonings we use regularly get a higher warning than Borax. I think it is safe to use but I recommend you go with your knowledge and your gut instinct.

        The reason I use Borax is because it allows me to skip a step in cleaning. You can get the same effects without the use of Borax but you will have to add a bit of time and additional product to your routine. Sprinkling an item with washing soda and then hydrogen peroxide will give the same effect as using Borax in the recipe. The difference is that you have to use the HP and WS before washing whereas the Borax can be added during. Both function the same and cause the same chemical reaction. So yes, you can substitute the Borax with hydrogen peroxide and washing soda. Just be sure to use that first and then wash or map after using a plain water or vinegar solution.

  14. What a great tips! I love this one!

  15. Wow I never knew this! LOL I have toddlers too and have had the same problem with rice. (We live in Louisiana too! LOL) Thanks for the tip!

  16. These sound like awesome solutions!
    What does the essential oils do for the cleaners?

    • Hi, Jenn!

      The essential oils add more antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and therapeutic properties to the cleaners. You can use the cleaners without them but you just get additional benefits by using them. And, to give you an example, one bottle of essential oils can last for a year or more. They are a bit of money up front but they last a long time.

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