DIY Recipe: Pine Floor Cleaner


You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to give your no-wax floors a pine-fresh smell.  This DIY cleaner will do the job for only a few cents per floor!  Note: Since soap flakes are not widely available, please be prepared to grate your own soap bar.  It only takes a minute or so!

You will need:

  • ½ cup of soap flakes (remember, you may need to grate your own)
  • ¼ cup of washing soda
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of pine oil
  • 1 clean 16-ounce plastic bottle with a tight-fitting lid
  • 1 cup of white vinegar


  1. To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a bar of pure soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the soap, washing soda, salt, and water and stir until the soap, soda and salt have dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool until it is lukewarm.  Add the pine oil and stir it well.  Pour it into the glass bottle and secure the top.
  4. To use, pour two or 3 tablespoons of the cleaner into a half-bucket of hot water, stirring well.  For large areas, you may need to double the amount.
  5. After cleaning, add the vinegar to a half-bucket of clean water and rinse the floor(s).

How easy is that?  Pine floor cleaner is pretty pricey depending on the store and the brand.  It’s so much cheaper to make your own, and you actually know what you are putting on the floors in your house!  A lot of cleaners have words that I cannot even pronounce, and that can be a little worrisome sometimes.  Making my own pine floor cleaner is a great alternative to spending more money at the store on some that won’t stretch as far as this DIY recipe.

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