Household cleaning supplies are an easy stock-up item for most KCLs due to frequent coupons, BOGO offers, and store sales. But even $2 for a 32 ounce bottle of some liquid cleaners is too much for product that can be made at home for mere pennies.

In addition to financial savings, there are also health and environmental benefits to be had from making cleaners at home. So if you're tired of chemical-laden and dye-infused formulas, consider making your own solution. Here are some easy-to-follow recipes to get your floor clean for next to nothing:

Formula #1

This one is the old standby—distilled vinegar has a high level of acidity, so it’s effective for killing most mold, bacteria and dust.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • 8 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 8 drops liquid dish soap

Formula #2

If you want to give your floors an easy shine, the bit of vegetable oil here will do the trick. It will work to remove any sticky residue from the floor without giving you too slick a finish.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • 4 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil

Formula #3

This is the simplest formula of all. The lemon juice adds a clean scent as well as disinfecting properties due to its high acidity.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Formula #4

The combination of baking soda and dish soap will work together to help you cut grease on floors, so use this in high-traffic areas like the kitchen or the entryway.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • 8 Tbsp baking soda
  • 8 drops liquid dish soap

Formula #5

This formula combines several cleaners for disinfecting, but the addition of baby shampoo will give the formula a light, clean scent.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • 8 Tbsp ammonia
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp baby shampoo

Formula #6

Castile soap is a product that’s so safe, you could literally brush your teeth with it—and some people do! Using it on floors is safe for you, your pets, and the environment.

  • 8 cups warm water
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap (I like using Kiss My Face Grassy Mint Peace Soap, which I can buy at Whole Foods and some department stores, either on sale or with a coupon.)

The cost per batch for these formulas will range from a few pennies to about 10 cents (for the "pricier" formula using ammonia, vinegar, and baby shampoo). Not exactly budget-busting!


If you're still cautious about these DIY formulas, consider these additional helpful hints:

  • Recipes above can be doubled or cut. Double for use in a larger bucket with a cloth mop for a greater surface area, cut for use in refillable bottles with pad mops.
  • Most formulas can be made with ingredients already in your home, but if you're lacking something, improvise. Use hand soap instead of dish soap or lemon juice from a bottle instead of fresh.
  • If you want a little extra formula for touch-ups, mix more than the recipe calls for and put some in a clean spray bottle for use later.
  • Want a particular scent? Add a drop or two of essential oil into any formula to infuse the water with a scent that is pleasing to you.

I think it's important to have confidence in the products I introduce to my home, and I try to keep household chores—especially cleaning—simple. There's no reason to unnecessarily complicate your life with grocery store floor cleaning products. Using these formulas, you'll be able to clean your home effortlessly and economically.

Have you been using your own DIY formula? Share your recipe in the "Comments" section below.

6 Cheap and Easy DIY Floor Cleaner Formulas