How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

Do you want to make your hardwood furniture look fantastic with no harm done? Well, there is a way, and I am sharing this from my personal experience. The best part is that you don’t have to buy any costly detergent or cleaner to do that. You can use something that’s part of your daily cooking routine (sort of!). That’s vinegar!

Yes, you heard it right. Vinegar, chemically known as acetic acid, is a potent reagent substitute. Vinegar will not only help you to clean those fancy and expensive hardwood floors but no matter how hard the stain may be, it will leave you with a clean and hygienic mark of quality.

There is a caution, though. You cannot just put vinegar on the floor. This is a homemade and straightforward remedy, but you have to know about it first. Vinegar is a mild acid, but an acid nonetheless. So, please don’t use it without the proper knowledge, or you may end up wasting your floor.

If you think this to be a lot of hassle, follow the simple steps below. It will be as easy as anything.


The Clean-Up Procedure

Now you know that you can clean your floor with vinegar. So, let’s learn the next step, How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar.

There are four simple steps that you need to know. Don’t worry about the side effects as they don’t come up with any.

Without any further delay, let’s start with the list then.

1. Dusting

Why dusting? Dusting is very much necessary and is the initial step. Dust and other dirt mostly lurk on the places where the surface is not regular. In that case, if you don’t dust it, it will mix up with the water or moisture and will be hard to remove.

  • There are two layers of dirt. The first is the sticky one which has been building for quite some time now. They mix up with the moisture and hides in the area where it is difficult to reach.
  • The second is the newly formed layer. They are the daily deposition and must be cleared before mopping. If you directly apply water on them without dusting, they will create a more substantial layer that will be hard to remove.

Just use a broom, duster, or vacuum cleaner to wipe the dust off and get to the second step.

2. Maintaining Ratio

You must always maintain the ratio of water and vinegar to get the best results. If you think that you pour vinegar on the floor and wash it off with a wet mop, please save the trouble of ruining your floor. The proper method is mentioned below:


  • Clean, warm water (not cold or hot),
  • Vinegar,
  • Clean bucket.

After you have all the ingredients, now it’s time to clean that hardwood floor with vinegar.

You must measure the amount in the ratio of one gallon of warm water to a half cup of vinegar. Take the solution in a cleaned bucket.

Why such a discrete quantity? The reason is simple. Vinegar is an acid, and the wood floor you are about to clean with is an organic substance. Now acid reacts to organic substance better, and so, you must dilute the acid enough to go hard on the stains and low on the floor.

3. Use a Mop


Why a mop and not any cloth? This is because of two more reasons. When you are on your feet which you are supposed to with a mop, you can apply better pressure with much comfort. The second is that you are more likely to save time and energy with a better cleaning experience if you are doing with a mop.

How to use it? That’s simple. Just put your mop in the bucket that you are using to contain the water. Make sure that the mop is rinsed thoroughly. After the soaking is complete, you are all good to go.

4. Mopping

If you have a mop, you must know how to mop. There is a suggestion, though. Start the moping from a corner and then do it cleaning so that the dried place where you stand.

That was easy. Now you know how to do it. But the main question remains. Why use vinegar and not a detergent?

Reasons to Prefer Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent

After we have learned how to clean your hardwood floor with vinegar, now we need to know why? You can opt for a detergent. But you still opt for vinegar. I can give you five reasons why it is better than any market product.

Check out below:

  1. Vinegar is cheap and effective, so it is just a waste of money to buy a cleaner anyways.
  2. It doesn’t contain any toxins. So, you can inhale and exhale after you clean your house.
  3. It is organic and so environment-friendly. You are bringing good to the environment using vinegar and saying no to any chemical-made cleaning agent.
  4. It is acidic, so it kills the germs and removes hard stuck stains.
  5. It is also anti-bacterial and kills mold effectively as well.

There are more tips on using natural cleaning products. Here is a DIY natural cleaning products guide I found that might be helpful to you!


Now you have a home cleaning remedy that you can brag about in the friend circle. You will quickly be considered as the king or queen of cleaners. They will start nominating you for award shows, and you will soon become a social media star. They will think that you are innovative and an experimental genius. You will start having fan clubs of your own, and people will start asking for your autographs on the road.

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