How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

Do you want to make you hardwood furniture look awesome with no harm done? Well, there is a way and I am sharing this from my own personal experience. The best part is that you don’t have to buy any costly detergent or cleaner to do that. There is something that you can use 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 very powerful 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 simply put vinegar on the floor. This is a simple and homemade remedy, but you have to know about it first. Vinegar is a mild acid, but an acid nonetheless. So, without the proper knowledge, don’t use it or you may end up wasting your floor.

If you think this to be a lot of hassle, just 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, they will mix up with the water or moisture and will be hard to remove.

  • There are basically 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 even form a stronger 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

The ratio of water and vinegar must always be maintained 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.

The amount must be measured 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 that you are about to clean with it is an organic substance. Now acid reacts to organic substance better and so, the acid must be diluted 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 a better pressure with much comfort. The second is that if you are doing with a mop, you are more likely to save time and energy with a better cleaning experience.

How to use it? That’s really 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

Not much to say here. 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 in such a way that the dried place where you stand.

That was easy, right? Now you know how to do it. But the main question still 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 simply opt for a detergent. But you still opt for vinegar. I can give you 5 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 safely after you clean your house.
  3. It is organic and so environment-friendly. You are actually 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.


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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