How to Make Non-Toxic Floor Polish


DIY Non-Toxic Hardwood Floor Polish

A man who loves his cat recently asked me to create a polish for his hardwood floor that would sweep up the dust kitties without harming his critter. Seemed like a good idea to me so here’s the result.

Supplies needed:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil (it doesn’t have to be extra virgin)
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 5 drops of essential oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Spray bottle


Step 1: Thoroughly clean your spray bottle.

Step 2: Add olive oil and vinegar/lemon juice to the spray bottle. Carefully add the essential oil; you don’t want to add too much of these potent oils, as they can impact your pets if used in too high a concentration. In fact, some are actually toxic to pets: Avoid peppermint, lemon (lemon juice is okay), lavender, tea tree, cinnamon bark, and wintergreen oil. If you are concerned, just forego the essential oil altogether.

Step 3: Shake well before each use. With a damp mop, sparingly spritz the area you want to polish and mop as usual, rinsing out your mop periodically to remove dust and dirt.

Makes 1 cup

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