How to mop the floor with vinegar and baking soda

Can natural ingredients be used to mop the floor? Yes, and they are 100% effective! If you didn't know, make yourself comfortable and read this article that we at Natulim have prepared for you. We want to make cleaning tasks easier for you with our practical tips where you will only need products that you have at home and that offer results as optimal as commercial ones.

Mopping the floor is a battle against dust, accumulated dirt and grease. Especially if we do not take care of doing it frequently, everything comes together and the floors become opaque spaces full of stains. The time has come to get to work and give them the treatment they deserve, so that they look bright and renewed.

Advantages of vinegar and baking soda for cleaning

baking soda and vinegar to clean the floor

When it comes to cleaning, white vinegar and baking soda have everything to meet your cleaning expectations. Combining them makes them a homemade multi-purpose agent. Therefore, mopping the floor with these two ingredients will help you leave them clean and shiny.

We will mention the main advantages that you will find when combining white vinegar and baking soda as cleaning agents:

  • Natural and non-toxic: Both are natural products, so it is safe to use them in the home. They are free of harsh chemicals and toxins. It is an ecological and safe option for everyone, including pets and children.
  • Low cost: They are inexpensive and you can easily purchase them in supermarkets or pharmacies. Unlike other cleaning products, its cost is below and anyone can get it.
  • Multipurpose: Their versatility allows them to be used on various materials and surfaces in the house, appliances, floors, countertops and among others.
  • Natural disinfectant: Especially white vinegar contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which makes it a completely natural disinfectant. You can eliminate mold, germs and other bacteria from surfaces by just spraying a little mixed with water.
  • Eliminates bad odors: Vinegar is popularly known for being a reliable option when eliminating odors. Its use is not only limited to cleaning floors, but also bathrooms, kitchens and refrigerators.
  • Removes stains: Although it may seem like a simple powder, baking soda is an effective cleaning agent for removing difficult stains. And it fights stains of different origins such as grease, coffee, rust and more.
  • No traces: Vinegar and baking soda is a gentle mixture on surfaces, they do not leave streaks or residues that could make your finish look bad. Especially if you use them to clean mirrors or windows.
  • Ecological: Using these two ingredients to clean is an environmentally friendly choice. You will be reducing the amount of chemicals that are released into the water during cleaning.
  • Waste reduction: As we have told you, with just these two products you have countless solutions at hand. Which will help you reduce the amount of disposable plastic packaging you consume, you will produce less waste.
  • Effective: They can be used alone or together and can remove dirt, grease and stains.

In conclusion, white vinegar and baking soda are necessary allies to maintain a clean home. They are also an economical option, and this makes many people lean towards them instead of other commercial cleaners.

Ingredients and materials to use to mop the floor

To mop the floor you don't need a long list of materials, nor go far to look for them, because you have them at your fingertips. Each item serves a purpose, so prepare everything before you start scrubbing. We leave you the ingredients and materials necessary to remove dirt from your floors in just a few steps:

  • Sodium bicarbonate.
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket of water
  • Mop
  • clean towel
  • Soft bristle brush.
  • Floor cleaner (optional).

For a perfect finish, we recommend the Natulim Floor Cleaner - 30 Eco-Strips. It has a quick drying effect and a jasmine aroma that will give freshness to your home. Be sure to try it and use it as a complement.

Step by Step

If we want to maintain a clean and healthy home, it is inevitable to spend time scrubbing the floors. It will help keep it fresh, keep the tiles shiny and keep our entire environment in harmony. Best of all, we have the best cleaning option very close by and it involves the use of baking soda and white vinegar.

This natural combination will save us a lot of money, because with just two ingredients we will combat the different problems we face in the soil. From the accumulation of grease, opacity, mold and bad odors. We will guide you step by step so that you know how to use each of the elements:

Pre-cleaning (clear and vacuum)

Having a clear method established will make the process easier for us. Therefore, before starting any cleaning activity, it is essential to clear the area. By this we mean picking up and lifting any chair, furniture or object that gets in the way of mopping the floors. By having free space, it will be easier for cleaning products to do their job and reach every corner.

Follow these recommendations to get your cleaning routine off to a good start:

  1. Clear the area

As we already mentioned, this first step is all about clearing the area you plan to clean. Remove anything that could get in the way of cleaning (rugs, chairs, furniture). This way, you will have the space to scrub with the peace of mind of not having to move anything else.

  1. Vacuum or sweep

Once you have collected what is necessary and the area is clear, you must take care of removing the dust and all the waste that is on the floor. Choose between sweeping or vacuuming, it will depend on your preference and availability. Since not everyone has a vacuum cleaner at home.

If you choose to vacuum, use a nozzle according to your floor type. Vacuum the entire floor slowly, including all hard-to-reach areas such as corners. There are many areas where dust accumulates, especially if we have carpets, it is necessary to shake them outside and vacuum them carefully.

If you decide to sweep, we recommend using a soft-bristled broom. Use a shovel to collect all the dust and dirt you find and dispose of it in the trash bag.

With this prior cleaning, you will be ensuring that the mixture of products you use can work without problems. This is the first step to meet your goal of having shiny floors free of any stains.

Preparation of the mixture (baking soda and vinegar)

preparation of baking soda and vinegar mixture to clean the floor

Preparing the baking soda and white vinegar mixture is very simple, you just have to follow the measures that we will mention here. An inappropriate proportion of the ingredients can prevent it from having the effect we are looking for. Remember that this is an effective option that will leave your floors spotless and with a fresh aroma. This is how you should prepare the mixture:

Measure Ingredients: Always measure the ingredients you need, you can double the measurements depending on the size of the space you want to clean. Typically, the standard measurement is one cup of baking soda to one cup of white vinegar.

Heat the water: Use warm water, not hot. The ideal amount would be one liter of water.

Add the baking soda : Pour the cup of baking soda into a bucket with clean water.

Mix the water with the baking soda: Take care of combining the warm water with the baking soda. You must dissolve the powder so that it creates an effective cleaning base.

Add the vinegar: After dissolving the baking soda in the warm water, add the white vinegar to the bucket. You will begin to notice the reaction that the baking soda and vinegar make when they come together. This effervescence is the chemical reaction that helps eliminate grease, stains and other residue.

You now have the mixture that will transform your floors! Now you can proceed to apply it to your floors and enjoy a deep cleaning, thanks to the natural ingredients.


Once you have the mixture of baking soda and white vinegar that you are going to use to scrub the floor, it is time to apply it to achieve the cleanliness, shine and aroma that we want. Learn how to do it below:

Dampen the mop : The floor must already be previously vacuumed and free of dust to reach this point. Proceed to wet your mop that you cleaned previously, with the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Just let it be moistened, not soaked.

Mop: Mop the floor with long, consistent strokes. If, for example, it is a very large area, mop small areas to cover everything.

Be careful with stains: If you get stains or very dirty areas, dedicate more effort to them. The baking soda and vinegar mixture is excellent for attacking these areas. You can use a small, soft-bristled brush to scrub these spaces and quickly remove stains.

Do not soak the floor: Avoid soaking the floor, as we mentioned before, you should only moisten the mop. If there is excess liquid, you can damage the floor (if they are made of wood or other vulnerable material).

Rinse the mop: If you notice that the mop is very dirty, proceed to wash it as we explained in a previous step. Then, moisten it again with the baking soda and vinegar mixture, and continue.

Let dry: When you finish covering the entire area with your natural cleaning solution, let the floors dry. This way the mixture will do its job. As a tip, if you can keep the area ventilated, open the windows to speed up drying and bring fresh air into your home.

Enjoy the freshness: Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will help you eliminate annoying odors. As you dry the floors, you will notice the difference in the aroma left by the mixture. Now everything is clean and shiny.

By following these few steps, you will have floors mopped in the best way and with an exceptional shine. You will no longer depend on chemicals and a lot of packaging that only takes up space!


Rinsing is an important phase in the floor scrubbing process, and is used to remove any residue and ensure your floors are left spotless. Follow these steps to perform an effective rinse:

Fill a bucket with warm water: The warm water will help dissolve the residue.

Dip the mop: Using a clean mop, dampen it in the warm water.

Mop: With long movements, mop the floor and cover all the spaces where you previously passed the cleaning mixture.

Check that you don't leave residue: Pay attention to any areas that may have residue from the baking soda and vinegar mixture. If any of the mixture remains, it can stain the floor and not end up with the shiny finish we want.

Let dry: Once again, after rinsing and removing all residue from the floors, allow them to dry naturally.

This rinsing not only gives a double cleaning effect, it also prevents the residue of the mixture from clouding the floor. Always rinse, don't miss it.

Apply air freshener

Natural or commercial air fresheners are the final touch after cleaning our floors. This adds freshness and fragrance to your home. Which translates into an unmatched feeling of well-being. You can create your own natural air freshener with simple and safe ingredients. Here we show you how to do it:

Preparation: You will only need to combine a cup of distilled water, ½ of isopropyl alcohol and mix it well. Then add about 15-20 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Pour this entire mixture into a spray bottle and apply it as you wish.

Air fresheners are necessary to provide a fresh and pleasant fragrance. You can use it throughout the house or in specific areas, such as bedrooms, kitchen and living room.

At Natulim we accompany you in cleaning your home!

You will no longer see scrubbing the floor of your house as before, in this article we gave you tricks to renew your spaces. Say goodbye to the opacity of your tiles or the bad smell. With the

Floor Cleaner - 30 Natulim Eco-Strips or with the combination of white vinegar and baking soda, you have the solution to keep your floors clean. Keep learning with us about cleaning, enjoy all the articles we have to teach you how to clean your spaces.

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