How to clean tile floors was perplexing to me.  The grout.  So confusing.  This post will show you how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda.  Get floors cleaner, with household ingredients.  Sounds awesome, right? (2023)

How to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda. Cleaning tile floors can be HARD. The grout. So confusing. This post will show you how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda (yay for no harsh chemicals). Get your whole floor surface cleaner, with household ingredients and natural products. Sounds awesome, right?

How to clean tile floors was perplexing to me. The grout. So confusing. This post will show you how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda. Get floors cleaner, with household ingredients. Sounds awesome, right? (1)

Cleaning Floors with Baking Soda & Vinegar

This is how I clean the floors at MY house.

Learning how to clean tile floors took a while. We had come from a home with hard wood flooring (btw, this is my favorite hardwood cleaner), so it took some adjusting.

I do the floors on Monday. I find that once a week is plenty often to sweep and mop. I should say that my ceramic tile floors are the color of dirt. Someone did a wonderful job picking them out. Are they prettiest floors you’ll ever seen in your life? No. But they’re perfect for my life right now.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Floor Cleaning Recipe

I mainly use Vinegar to clean my floors.

I wouldn’t recommend using BOTH vinegar and baking soda in your cleaning solution. That makes an acid, and it’s not great to inhale. BUT, I do use them each separately.

Best Homemade Tile Floor Cleaner

Homemade Floor cleaner with Dawn & Vinegar

I use about 1/4 vinegar, the rest hot clean water, and about 2 drops dish detergent. I don’t add drops of essential oils — it’s just this. It does smell VERY vinegar-y in the beginning, but that quickly wears off to just leave your house smelling fresh and clean. This vinegar solution is a great homemade cleaner. If you are using a type of swiffer mop, putting some homemade solution in a spray bottle is a great way to spot clean tough stains when you aren’t cleaning your entire floor.

I HAVE used Baking Soda to clean my floors — but be VERY thoughtful about your baking soda usage. While this is an effective method, you don’t want white baking soda residue all over your clean floors.

I do find that a baking soda paste (just some baking soda and water) is the best way to clean stained grout — just be sure to rinse it off well (I am planning to try a Tide recipe I saw a bit ago). Using a damp mop or soft cloth with plain water will give you the best results.

How to clean baking soda residue from tile floors

That’s truly the problem with baking soda — I’d recommend the easiest way is using just water to dissolve the baking soda, and rinsing your mop frequently.No matter what diy cleaner you use, make sure you pick an inconspicuous spot for a patch test to know if there will be any adverse reactions with the surface of your floor.

Tools I use to keep my Tile Floors Clean

Full vacuuming

I very rarely sweep with a broom or dust mop. I have just found that vacuums work better, with less work involved. I use aHoover Lynx vacuum. I had it for about 5 years, and then it was dying (mostly the battery). I then saw it on a smokin’ deal at Costco and bought it AGAIN. I still LOVE IT. Sometimes we have to take a straightened coat hanger to unplug the thing when my kids think it can do pieces of paper — but most of the time it sucks, sucks, sucks. {stop you and your dirty mind}

Nightly Vacuuming

I had wanted one for SO long — I finally broke down and got a robotic vacuum.

We gotthis oneon Amazon for a steal (plus I had a gift card from my birthday). It has very few bells and whistles. After about a year we just noticed it wasn’t picking up anything. I’d see it go over crumbs/dirt, dust particles and not pick it up at all. It was frustrating and we felt like it wasn’t a good choice.

Then, one day my daughter had a playdate and somehow left the door open while the vacuum was going. And yes, it made a break for freedom. We didn’t realize it was gone til’ the next day and, of course, it had rained.

That’s right — our last robotic vacuum committed suicide.

SO, we got another one.

This time we spent a LOT of time looking at our options.

We finally decided on this one. It had the things we wanted:

  • A lot of suction (I love how Eufy shares how much suction is in each of its vacuums — I’ve had a hard time seeing it on other vacuums).
  • We were able to create barriers with their magnetic strips.
  • We could program it to run pretty easily.

I love it.

It’s not gotten suck hardly at all (we didn’t notice the other one was gone for so long because it was always stuck somewhere), the magnetic strips are a good way of keeping it from eating cords. The suction is great, and I am SO glad to finally see our house floors cleaned each time.

No more crumbs between our toes! It’s a great success!

You can learn more about Eufy vs iLife vs Roomba. You can get the 30c at Amazon and at Eufy (and sales are sometimes better on one or the other).

Hand Vac

How to clean tile floors was perplexing to me. The grout. So confusing. This post will show you how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda. Get floors cleaner, with household ingredients. Sounds awesome, right? (2)

I have a little Black and Decker hand vac that I use is an effective way to clean up quick spills. I also use it to really get into corners, etc. I recommend every house have one of these. My main complaint would be that the filter fills up really easily. And, while easy to clean — it is kind of a pain.

Broom & Dustpan

I will also say that I have a small broom/dust pan that I keep by our washing machine. Sometimes that is just as easy as pulling out any of these tools to clean up. I have mine hanging on a Command Hook — so it’s simple to use and put back.

Best Mop to Clean Tile Floors

I used a Rubbermaid mop. I have had to replace it 3 times at this point. One time it just broke off at the head, the 2nd time it wouldn’t squirt right and I just got #3. I will say that Rubbermaid has been good to work with and they feel like it might be my choice in cleaner that’s doing it. I tend to alternate between just Vinegar per their instructions and then this one. I find that the less dish soap I use, the better. Now, I only put a couple of drops in.

My one beef with this mop is that you’re still using the dirty mop head each time, and the dirt just builds up. I am now using this one I like how it easily rinses and does a great job wringing out the pad with each dunk in the solution.

It’s very simlar to this one (which I can’t find for sale anymore):

Perks of that type of mop:

  • It wrings out the solution really well (you could also make your own diy floor cleaner once their’s is gone) and floors don’t get too wet.
  • It rinses the mop each time
  • It has a soft mop head and a scrubby head — great!

Steam Clean Tile Floors

When I get around to it, I steam my floors with my steam clean machine. I don’t actually think it cleans all that better then a regular mop, but I do think there’s something to switching up cleaning tactics and how it makes things cleaner overall. But, my cleaning philosophy is a blog for another day…

When my kids are on break (like spring break) I usually have them do the grout with grout cleaner, a scrub brush and a rag. Kids are GREAT at cleaning grout. They’re close to it and it works well! 🙂

What do you do with your floors? I’m always working on it. We have at LEAST 1100 square feet of tile here, with little kids.

What kind of tile do you recommend?

While I don’t love our tile, it’s nice that it easy to keep clean (and rarely looks dirty, as it’s the color of dirty feet). I would also recommend having a colored grout that doesn’t look dirty too easily.

Who cleans the floors at your house?

Actually, my husband does at this point in our lives. But, I did it for years, and years.

Any essential oils to put in your floor cleaner?

I’d mostly recommend a scent you like, or you could try something that has properties you’re looking for (like immune-boosing).

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This post was originally written in April 2014, but has been updated.




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