Laminate flooring and luxury vinyl flooring are popular flooring choices and It’s easy to see why – it looks like stone, hardwood and tile but doesn’t scratch and wears really well. It can be a little tricky to clean. I frequently get messages from readers wondering how to keep the floors from feeling sticky and from having a film on them. Every time I recommend this simple DIY it is met with success and of course, clean floors. With just three ingredients, equal amounts of each, it’s quite possibly the simplest DIY floor cleaner out there.

I was at my parents’ house last week and took the opportunity to use their laminate floors as the ‘model’ in this post. My parents use this recipe on their floors too!


To make about 16 ounces or enough to fit in a spray bottle, follow this recipe:

  • 5 ounces WHITE VINEGAR
  • 5 ounces RUBBING ALCOHOL
  • 5 ounces water (use distilled or filtered water for best results and no streaks)
  • optional: 3-5 drops ESSENTIAL OILS (lemon or orange and peppermint is a great combination for this recipe)

Combine the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle or spray mop and use weekly or more if necessary.

The vinegar cleans and the rubbing alcohol aids in the drying and adds a sanitizing component. The combination is great for getting those floors perfectly clean. Laminate and water are not a good combination so you’ll want to use this as a spray format in a bottle or in a refillable mop in lieu of a mop and bucket. Always make sure that you aren’t leaving any standing water on your floors as you’re washing them.

Have hardwood floors? Don’t use this recipe – the high ratios of rubbing alcohol and vinegar aren’t compatible with your floors. Use the recipe in this post instead.

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