DIY Laminate Floor Spray/Cleaner

How to make your own cleaner for laminate floors
I was searching at Target and our local grocery store the other day for spray to clean our laminate
floors, but I couldn't find anything that specified it could be used on laminate floors. This was pretty annoying as getting a toddler in and out of the car isn't enjoyable and neither is listening to him scream after 5 minutes in the cart. I'm a little ticked at Target for not having any "fun" carts... ones with steering wheels usually buy me about 45 minutes at a store, but alas I'm stuck with very short Target trips because they don't have them.

I was trying to keep Baby G quiet while searching the internet on my phone to see if any of these sprays might work for laminate, when I came across a DIY spray. Not sure why I didn't think of this before, but I decided to just make my own when I got home.

I told Daddy B that I was going to make it and he says, "Let me guess... vinegar... blue dawn...?" Haha. He's so clever. Someday when all the four billion cleaners I have are used up, I'm just going to keep a lifetime supply of those ingredients. It would save me so much space.

Recipe for DIY Floor Cleaner:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • A few drops of Blue Dawn


Mix and spray as needed.

Here are some links to two different laminate floor cleaners that inspired my post:

This is how much you get if you do 1 cup each of vinegar, water,
and rubbing alcohol... plus a few drops of blue dawn.

I just sprayed the floor and wiped it with my swiffer (minus the swiffer spray). I don't really like the swiffer spray for the laminate floors- I actually don't think you're SUPPOSED to use it, but I could be wrong.

Know what else you can DIY quick and easy? Check out my tutorial for easy, $1 Reusable Swiffer Pads

Here's my before and after... hope you can see the difference with the picture!

Pretty simple and effective spray. Happy Momma! Now I just need the trick to keep the floors clean... Baby G just dropped his goo'ed lunch all over my clean floor!

Update June 2, 2015: I've since switched to using a steam mop... steam mops just use water to create steam to clean your floors. They're a bit more expensive than a swiffer, but I love that I don't need spray. Check out my blog post about my Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop

Danielle Pientka

I'm Danielle, stay-at-home mom to two active boys, and do-it-yourself blogger. I love writing tutorials on how to complete sewing, woodworking, gardening, upcycling, and many other types of DIY projects. My motto is, "If you want it done right, do-it-youself." Sometimes it's just easier to create the idea than it is to explain to someone else what you want. My favorite project is the one everyone told me couldn't be done.


  1. Vinegar and water (1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) is the hands-down best choice for laminate floors. Detergents, polishes and other cleaners will actually leave a film and make your footprint problem appear worse.

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  2. It works like a charm! I love this stuff. No streaks at all, cheap to make and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
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  3. It's a great and easy recipe! I use water and vinegar only, now I'm just adding the rest of the ingredients and it's done. Thank you for sharing it!