1. Home

7 Best Mopping Solutions

By

My mom always used the same lemon-scented mopping solution in our home.  Honestly, even after I grew up, I though it was the only one on the market.  There are actually many different mopping solutions available to buy.  But which one will get your floors really clean without leaving a sticky residue for you to deal with?  These mopping solutions are the best available to use on your floors.

1. For Most Floors: Vinegar

Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

We often see vinegar listed as a cure-all cleaner for almost every surface in your home. When it comes to mopping, it is especially true. No matter how dirty your floor is, a little vinegar and hot water can clean it up perfectly. Trying adding 1/4 of a cup of white vinegar to a quart of warm water.  Using this solution to mop, you'll acheive clean and sparkling floors.

Compare Prices

2. For Most Floors: Lysol All-Purpose Pourable Cleaner

Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

Lysol All-Purpose Pourable Cleaner is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of my childhood.  But more importantly, it is very effective.  Adding just a touch to your mop water can give you a powerful cleaner with a mild scent that will clean and disinfect your floors. Be sure not to add too much cleaner which can leave you with a slightly sticky floor.  Also if you have people in your home that are sensitive to scent, this might not be the perfect mopping choice for you.

Compare Prices

3. For Most Floors: Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Pourable Cleaner

Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

Mr. Clean's Multi-Purpose Pourable Cleaner is also a very effective mopping solution.  This cleaner also has the added benefit of having many scents available.  This cleaner does a great job not only on flooring, but also on other surfaces as well.  Be sure to follow the instructions.  As with the Lysol, too much cleaner can lead to sticky residue on the floor.

Compare Prices

4. For Hardwood Floors: Murphy's Oil Soap

Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

Murphy's Oil Soap is the gold standard for cleaning sealed hardwood floors. This cleaner works really well and as a bonus doesn't leave any sticky or oily residue.  Murphy's Oil Soap has a soft citronella scent which isn't likely to offend most people. In addition, Murphy's Oil Soap really lets the floors shine.

Compare Prices

5. For Vinyl and Tile Floors: Windex

Flckr User: Brian Vogel

Windex is better known for its ability to clean glass and windows, but for tile and vinyl floors, Windex is a great floor cleaner as well.  You can add 1/8 of a cup to a quart of warm water to create a mopping solution. Occasionally, I simply spray problem areas of the floor directly with the Windex, using a wet mop to clean the floor.  Windex not only helps clean the floors, but leaves them shining, as well.

Compare Prices

6. For Most Floors: Dish Soap

Photo Credit: George Doyle/Getty Images

Even if you have nothing else, dish soap can make a huge difference on a dirty floor.  I especially love using dish soap on floors that have grease splatters.  The dish soap does a great job of degreasing and cleaning most floor types.  Be careful not to over-use the dish soap.  A few drops in a quart of warm water is plenty to get your floors sparkling clean.  Dish soaps that have added lotion won't be a great idea, but most other dish soaps will work wonderfully.  Many environmentally friendly dish soaps also work well as both mopping solutions and all-purpose cleaners.

7. For Most Floors: Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner

Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner is a great option for floors and more.  Although the scent on this product is a little strong it fades away quickly, leaving a fresh clean smelling surface.  Mrs. Meyer's cleanse thoroughly without leaving any kind of buildup.  I love how versatile this product is, working well on many floor types and other surfaces.

Compare Prices

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.