A Powerful DIY All-Purpose Cleaner for Sparkling Clean Surfaces

During this lockdown period, I’ve found myself tackling tasks I’d usually procrastinate, like giving my floors a thorough cleaning. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of this chore, but now I have a heavy-duty floor cleaner that makes it feel like less of a hassle.

Cleaning my kitchen floors isn’t too bad; my wood laminate floors usually respond well to a simple wipe with a damp paper towel. However, the bathrooms are a different story.

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Living in a household dominated by males, I’ve become intimately familiar with the infamous “boy bathroom smell.” It seems to permeate everything. No matter how much I clean and scrub, that distinctive aroma lingers. But there’s hope, and it comes in the form of this heavy-duty floor cleaner.

This recipe, sourced from Food.com, is designed for tough, commercial-grade cleaning, making it perfect for my needs. Its primary purpose is to cut through grease and grime effectively. What intrigued me the most, though, was the note in the description that simply said, “smells amazing.”

Traditional ammonia-based cleaners like Pine-Sol tend to make bathroom odors worse rather than better. Why resort to expensive and harsh chemicals when there’s an alternative? My bathroom not only smells fantastic after using this cleaner but also looks remarkably clean. At least for the next few minutes.

Heavy-Duty Floor Cleaner Recipe


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (I swear by blue Dawn—it’s a cleaning miracle!)
  • 1/4 cup washing soda (you can find this in the laundry aisle of your grocery store)
  • 2 gallons of very warm tap water


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bucket and mix thoroughly until it becomes soapy.
  2. Mop the area with the solution. There’s no need to rinse, but wiping down with a towel afterward gives a polished finish.

Note: This cleaner is not recommended for waxed floors as it may cause the wax to become gunky.

Now, you can have spotless, great-smelling floors without the hassle or harsh chemicals. Give it a try, and you might find yourself enjoying the cleaning process—well, at least for a little while!

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