Helpful Cleaning Tip: Vinegar and Lemon Juice

Fresh-smelling lemon cleaners are expensive; you can get the same fresh smell with vinegar and lemon juice.

The other day I ran out of my favorite cleaning product which smells like lemons. We have nothing but hardwood floors in the house and I like to use this product to mop the floors. I generally use vinegar to clean my counters, followed by a quick wipe with a paper towel spritzed with bleach. But, although vinegar would work well on my floors, it doesn’t smell that nice. I also had some lemon juice concentrate which has that fresh clean scent. After some experimentation I hit upon a formula that not only gets my floors cleaner than they have ever been, but smells very good and is cheaper than my formerly favorite cleaning product.

Vinegar-Lemon Juice Floor Cleaner

  • One gallon of water
  • Four cups of vinegar
  • One cup of lemon juice concentrate

Mix vigorously and use liberally.

Now, if you have polyurethane on your hardwood floors, you shouldn’t use a wet mop. Both vinegar and lemon juice are acidic and it can, over time, damage your finish. Be sure to just use a damp mop. This also works fabulously on linoleum, stone or tile floors.

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