5 Effective Homemade Vinyl Floor Cleaner You Should Try

Vinyl floor cleaning is more effortless than your imagination if you have the right cleaner in your hand.

The heck is- your delicate and shiny vinyl surface will scratch and lose its glittering look if you pick the wrong cleaner.

Of course, you can invest in a good steam mop or a vacuum cleaner to make the task easier. But what do you do if you have neither of them? Will you remain the vinyl floor unclean to fade away its shine?

Yes, you can use the shitty commercial cleaner to tidy up your floor. But what about the side effects? Harsh chemicals are not environmentally friendly.

Homemade Vinyl Floor Cleaner

Therefore, the chemical cleaner is abrasive that may affect the vinyl flooring. Then, how to keep the delicate surface clean while not poisoning the earth?

The short answer is- use homemade vinyl floor cleaner. In this guide, we introduce you to some household ingredients that you can use to clean your floor. The best part is- all of the homemade cleaners are safe & environmentally friendly and effective to suck away dirt. 

5 Homemade Cleaners You should Try For Cleaning Vinyl Floor

From this chapter, you can learn about 5 easy-to-make home cleaning agents. They are safe, environment-friendly, and efficient to clean the vinyl surface. 

Here we go.

  1. Solution of Alcohol & Vinegar

The vinyl floor is so delicate and gets damaged easily by scratches. So, the best bait is to clean it with the solution of vinegar and alcohol.

To make this homemade solution, what ingredients you need are:

First off, make a solution mixing a half cup of vinegar and alcohol, a few drops of detergent, and two gallons of water.

The alcohol cut through stubborn dirt, while the detergent helps to eliminate residue.

Secondly, apply the solution on the floor. Then, mop the surface thoroughly but gently. Finally, rinse the vinyl flooring with clean water.

  1. Try out Vinegar and Hot Water

Another effective way of eliminating dirt, stain, and spot from the vinyl surface is by applying vinegar and hot water.

The acid contained in the vinegar helps to cut through the grimiest dust from your floor. Also, it doesn’t leave any residue without damaging the finish.

To make a solution, pour a gallon of water and a cup of vinegar in a bucket. Then, dampen a soft cloth and sweep down the surface gently. Next, wash away the surface with clean water. Finally, air-dry your surface or use a soft microfiber cloth to dry the floor.

  1. Apply the paste of baking soda

Have tough stains on the floor? Don’t worry! We have the solution to get rid of hard-to-remove spots. Applying the baking soda paste, you can effortlessly and safely remove the stain.

To make a thick paste, just pour a fair amount of water into a few cups of baking soda. Then, use a soft washcloth to apply the paste to the affected area. Give some minutes to sit the paste. Next, scrub the floor with a soft microfiber cloth. Finally, wash away the surface with clean water.

  1. Dishwashing Liquid

Dish liquid in your kitchen will also help you to eliminate tough stains from the vinyl floor.

Firstly, make a mixture using a bucket of hot water, a few spoons of dish soap. 

Next, mop your flooring with the solution. Applying this solution for regular surface maintenance prevents forming tough stains.

We recommend you try out the dish liquid as your regular floor cleaning agent. It is gentle for your delicate surface and safe to use.

  1. Power Cleaning Combo

Power cleaning combo! Yes, if your vinyl floor requires a heavy-duty cleaning, you should try out this cleansing combo.

Now, you may ask- how to make the power cleaning combo?

Generally, it’s a solution of a cup of white vinegar, a fair amount of dish liquid & baby oil, and a gallon of hot water.

You can apply this solution on your ancient floor (you left for a long time) and the high traffic areas of your home.

This homemade solution doesn’t only remove the tough stains but also sanitize your floor.


Can you use Dawn to clean vinyl floors?

Dawn dish soap is a renowned dishwashing liquid band in America. You can use Dawn to clean vinyl floors.

As vinyl floors are resilient floors, Dawn dish soap can surprisingly be effective on that kind of resilient floorings.

To clean your vinyl floor, first, take a bucket of water. Then take 1 or 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap and mix it with the water. Now apply the solution to your floors. Your vinyl floors will quickly start to shine.

What can you not put on a vinyl floor?

Vinyl flooring has become more popular for its affordable price. But vinyl floors can last you up to 20 years if you properly take care of them. So it is important to know what things you should not put on a vinyl floor.

First, don’t place any heavy furniture or appliances on the vinyl floor. If you fail to handle them correctly, they will produce massive pressure on the floor and eventually cause dents in the flooring.

Don’t put dirty footwear on the floor and never walk on the floor wearing them. It will leave dirt residue on the floor and cause damage for a long time.

And don’t use highly abrasive cleaners, detergents, or shine products since these can end up leaving an unwanted dull film on the vinyl floor.


You can try out all the homemade vinyl floor cleaners we mentioned above. The best part of using those is- they don’t cost you a lot of bucks as the commercial cleaners need.

Therefore, they are also not unfriendly to pets and children. So, you can clean the floor with your baby. And when it comes to disinfecting your vinyl surface, the homemade cleaners work like a charm.

Now, it’s your turn. Have you ever tried out any homemade cleaning solutions we described above? If yes, which will work best for you? If no, then which method are you going to try first?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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