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The combination of olive oil and white vinegar does wonders for your wood floors. Add in a little lemon essential oil, and your floors will smell as good as they look.

DIY floor polish at work


1/4 cups olive oil

1/3 cup white vinegar (like this one)

12 drops lemon essential oil (like this one)

5 cups hot water

DIY floor polish making

Combine olive oil and white vinegar.

making floor polish

Add in the hot water.

lemon scented floor polish

And drops of lemon essential oil. Mix together, grab a mop (or, in my case, a rag) and get to polishing.

cleaning with DIY floor polish

If the floor is too slick after cleaning, use a cloth to wipe up any remaining oil.


34 Responses to DIY Wood Floor Polish

  1. This is awesome. Thank you so much. I’ll definitely be trying this. I live in an old house – over 100 years old – with original hardwood floors. They aren’t in the best condition and since I rent… Hopefully this will give them some much needed love.

  2. Shannon T says:

    Does it leave footprints marks on it as the day goes on? Like from barefeet?

  3. haley says:

    Does the olive oil go rancid?

  4. becca says:

    Well this batch was all used up in one sitting (since you need hot water) so rancidity wasn’t an issue.

  5. haley says:

    Sorry – meant since you were rubbing it into the wood….

  6. becca says:

    I haven’t had any problems with that, and this post is nearly 1 year old. The mixture is spread pretty thin throughout my home.

  7. rebecca says:

    I hope this works, I am about to try it. However, I wonder if your floor is varnished or oiled? I have oiled oak floors, no other surface treatment at all. Will this work for that?

  8. becca says:

    Hi Rebecca!

    My floors are oiled, though might be more worn than yours. I hope this helps!

  9. johnna says:

    does this make wood floors slick??

  10. becca says:

    Hi johnna, it shouldn’t but you can use a cloth to soak up extra oil.

  11. Katy Reigh says:


    I didn’t see how the water comes into play, do you mix this all togethet with the water?

  12. becca says:

    Yes you add the hot water to the oil and vinegar mixture.

  13. magi says:

    Can you guess how many sq ft this will cover ? I have unfinished floors and a lot of them. Thx

  14. becca says:

    Hi magi! Hmmm, I’m not so good with estimating that. This batch was enough to cover our living room – about 50 square feet?

  15. Great recipe, Becca!
    Combining vinegar, lemon and olive oil is very effective for many purposes. This homemade polisher will help you protect and keep clean your wood floor for a while.

  16. cindy says:

    I think it would be a good idea to clean the floors first with just water and white vinegar first
    , since this ‘finish’ is so small in portion.

  17. Georganne Green says:

    You can mix a mixture of 50/50 ( Olive oil and White Vinegar) and put it in a Spray Bottle.
    Spray and Wipe. That way you can control how much your putting on the floor. Lemon is
    not needed unless you like the smell.

    • Alyse says:

      I tried the orginal recipe which worked great. But then I tried this, the 50/50 mixture in a spray bottle and there was WAY too much oil on the floor. The original recipe works much different and better.

  18. K. Martins says:

    Thank you for all your comments. I just had the pleasure of having someone clean the floors, carpets etc. The advice I chose was the 50/50 in the spray bottle. I even got more dirt off the floor after a professional clean and my unfinished floors are lovely. I chose to add some essential oil, choosing Bergamot and Geranium and it smells wonderful. You won’t be disappointed.

  19. Eileen says:

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  20. Rolandi says:

    We stay in a very old house. We used Cobra polish on the floors. Will this still work or must we take the old polish off first? If so what can we use to take it off?

  21. Anna says:

    Hi there, will this help to revive a bit of shine to the hard wood floors ? My floors have become a tad Matt/dull and so looking for a polish to add a bit of shine(without having to do the full polish over?

  22. Jerry says:

    50 square ft would a living room of only about 10 ft. Long and 5 ft wide. A 12 by 12 room would be 146 square ft so actually you would get a lot more coverage than you originally thought. I am an old ugly bachelor and do all of my own cleaning and I love a clean house,. I am going to try your mixture today. Thanks a lot. Oh and by the way, I love girls, lol

  23. Michelle Sands says:

    Does it have to be olive oil? Or can you use veg oil, Canola,coconut? Or any other types?

  24. Drew says:

    This sounds like exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to try it out. Do you know how much area your recipe would cover?

  25. P Weaver says:

    Holy Cow! That worked. I blended it with a stick blender before using. It turned white and went on nicely.

  26. This is exactly what I was looking for thank you so much for sharing. My new home has all hardwood floors and they always look so dull.


  27. Catherine says:

    Just found this and want to try it. My question is do you dip your rag/mop into the solution and wring excess of do you use another method?

  28. Richard says:

    We’re I work is in a Historic general store biult in the early 1900’s . The person before I arrived used hydrolic fluid , that took 2-3 months to dry .
    1. Will this solution blend okay over the old product.
    2. Drying time .

  29. Bernadette says:

    We live in a log cabin and I’d like to revive the high traffic areas. I’ve heard water and or steam is bad for the wood. Any thought to what the water in the recipe does to the wood floor?

  30. Christine discenna says:

    Can I use this recipe on Laminate flooring

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