How to clean hardwood floors, naturally

I’d really like to be able to tell you how to do this. The thing is, it’s a HUGE challenge to get my floors even ready to be cleaned. I have to work like mad during Sadie’s naps (which I did this past Saturday), and then I have to get somebody to take Sadie out of the house so I can actually do the cleaning. I’d purchased some floor cleaner by a brand called Babyganics or something like that. Supposed to be good for the environment and safe for babies (and pets). I scrubbed the floors Cinderella-style on Saturday, and by the time they were dry, it looked like I hadn’t even done a thing to them.

So, does anybody have any other suggestions? I’m eager to try something else. It needs to a) be safe for Sadie (and the pets), b) not be full of scary chemicals, and c) actually WORK. I want shiny, clean floors.

17 thoughts on “How to clean hardwood floors, naturally

  1. Shannon

    I have a stem mop that you plug in and put water in. It gets real hot and stem cleans the floor. It works good and you don’t have to use any chemicals.

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    1. Brooke Post author

      I really, really want one of those. Going to be saving my pennies for that when I’m (finally) making a salary again. What kind do you have?

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  2. nk

    I think shininess more a function of the coating on your wood floor that the cleaning process. What type of finish do you have on your floor and how long has it been there? Is it worn?

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    1. Brooke Post author

      Yes, with two dogs (who are constantly in need of mani-pedis), the floors are quite worn. I don’t know what kind of finish it is. We bought our house after it had been totally redone. The wood floors are from when the house was originally built, in the early 1930s. I don’t need them to SHINE, just shine, you know? After all of my efforts, I could still see doggy footprints after the floors had dried.

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  3. eve

    Brooke, I FINALLY got my Eureka Enviro Steam from Walmart today. I did the site-to-store pickup thing for the free shipping, which added about a week to my wait time. It was $70, which I thought was a really good price. I read a fabulous review of it on amazon from a woman who had bought five different steamers and tried them all. I will try to find that link for you, because it was awesome. I am plugging my new clean machine in tonight and will report back asap!

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  4. eve

    Click the link and then scroll to the second review titled “The top steam mops: Results of steam mop first hand comparisons & studying of comps” by Chandler.

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  5. Shannon

    Mine is called the Shark. I don’t have hard wood floors but I hear it works the same on those and it does do a good job. Mine was about $100 but they have several different kinds and I believe prices have gone down some.

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  6. Fawn

    Hubby bought a Hoover hard floor cleaner, and I HATE it. But, he cleans the floors most of the time (for the EXACT same reasons you list in your post) so I can’t complain. My best bet for floor cleaning is Murphy’s Oil soap, diluted according to directions on the bottle, and a Method O Mop.

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      1. Fawn

        It’s very slow, very noisy, and comes with a cleaning solution that is incredibly fumey. I didn’t read the ingredients but fumey=chemicals!

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        1. Fawn

          I didn’t finish…the end result is a very clean floor, and the past few times Craig has used it with just water, which seems to have equally good results. But, it’s still slow and noisy. Oh, and it has a bunch of attachments that don’t attach to the cleaner when you’re not using them.

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  7. TMae

    We just got a Eureka Enviro Steam (based on the Amazon review) and my husband (who is the floor cleaner in the family) is very happy with it. I hate floor washing products, and now that we have a here-let-me-put-your-shoe-in-my-mouth-soon-to-be-crawler, I wanted something that wasn’t likely to grow him a third eyeball, ya know?

    Anyway, it did a good job cleaning up the shoe prints, and the dog paws. And it’s a lot better for the wood than a bucket o’ water.

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    1. Brooke Post author

      Here’s my question on those–is there any more prep work that you have to do before using it than there is with a mop and pail? Or is there less? I purchased a Roomba before I got pregnant with Sadie, and I thought it would revolutionize my cleaning (ha). Sure, it works well, but having to get everything out of its way, cleaning it out, etc. makes it sometimes more of a hassle than a help.

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