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Safe, Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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Safe, Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Our hardwood floor is about four years old. And even though I wash it regularly, it's beginning to get that dingy, dirty look. Can anyone recommend a safe, natural hardwood floor cleaner? We have toddlers and pets, so I'd like to avoid nasty chemicals. Please help me get that sparkling clean look we had when it was new.

Clean with Castile

I've used Castile Soap on wood floors. Use a teaspoon of liquid to two gallons of water. It cleans nicely. I go over it later to buff the floor with a dry cotton mop and coconut oil to get a nice shine.
Karen (via Facebook)

Black Tea May Hold the Answer

Try black tea if it's not a light-colored floor. Use it very weak with a mop to clean and then stronger for a bit of staining to perk it up.

Start with Distilled Vinegar and Water

Simply pour 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar into 3/4 bucket of warm water. I use a microfiber square cloth that is fitted onto a long handle. I dip it into the bucket of water and wring it out well. I wash a small area at a time and then squirt on a small amount of Murphy's Oil Soap for hardwood floors. I spread throughout the washed area of the floor and let dry. I used this method when we moved into an apartment that used to be an old mill and was renovated into 165 apartments. The original hardwood floors were renewed prior to occupancy. I was pleasantly surprised that the floors came out beautiful.

Related: More smart money-saving household uses for vinegar

Possibly Time to Reseal Hardwood?

Our hardwood installers told us the best cleaner is a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Shake, spray lightly onto a terry-cloth mop, and mop the floor. The floor should never be wet. It should only get just damp.

I do this biweekly and our floors look great. As an extra bonus, it's safe for kids and pets.

If your floor is four years old and still looks dingy with regular cleaning, it may be time for resealing the hardwood. This can be done without the need for sanding if your floor is not too far gone. Or the company can spot treat/sand only areas of heavy wear.

For example, we recently had our 12x12 hardwood kitchen floor resealed for only $150. It was well worth it.

Living Better Tip: Make your own cleaners

Make Them Shiny and Clean!

Believe it or not, the best to clean a hardwood floor is a small amount of white vinegar in warm water (a cup to a bucket or less). It works perfectly! Then I do a rinse and it makes them shiny and clean!

Insider Advice: Ammonia-Free Windex

Four years ago, we got hardwood flooring and the manager of the store told us to use Ammonia-Free Windex. He also said that is what his wife uses on their hardwood floors, and it will not harm it. It leaves it looking new, and it is not sticky.

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Murphy's Oil Soap Is Her Favorite Hardwood Floor Cleaner

I have used Murphy's Oil Soap on my hardwood floors for the past 26 years. It's available in most grocery and big box stores.

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