Looking for a pH neutral stone floor cleaner that actually works? I tested 4 different DIY homemade floor cleaners and this is what happened.
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I know if you’re on Pinterest you’ve seen a million DIY homemade cleaners. Do they really work? The answer is both yes and no. I wanted to find out if any of the recipes I found for stone and grout floor cleaner actually worked so I put them to the test.
I tried 4 different DIY floor cleaners and this is what happened.
After doing a crap ton (technical term) of research I discovered that there are two main rules to abide by for cleaning natural stone:
- Do not use anything acidic on stone.
- Try to use a ph neutral product. For your reference a pH neutral substance is a 7 on the acidic/alkaline scale. Click here for a cool diagram of things that are acidic, neutral and alkaline.
Okay I can do that?? Right? Hell yeah I can. I put on my white lab coat and got to work in my lab, a.k.a. my Kitchen.
Mixture # 1: Castile soap (pH 8.9) and water (pH 7)
Mixture # 2: Castile soap (pH 8.9), Baking soda (pH 9) and water (pH7)
Mixture # 3: Rubbing Alcohol(pH 5.5), castile soap (pH 8.9) and water (pH7)
Mixture # 4: Hydrogen peroxide (pH 6.4) and baking soda (pH 9)
After taping off some of the worst spots on my floor I mixed up the four different cleaners and got out my trusty old tooth-brush.
Mixture #1: The castile soap and water worked well. It did leave some stains on the grout that I though it would be able to remove but over all it was worked pretty well.
Mixture # 2: Castile soap, water and baking soda worked like a charm! I think that using a mixture that is 90% baking soda, 8% water and 2% castle soap is the right ratio. The mixture was easy to apply. Being just abrasive enough to remove stains on the grout and tile without marring the surface. The grit in baking soda eliminates the need for a ton of elbow grease.
Mixture # 3: Rubbing alcohol and castile soap. One would think that rubbing alcohol would do the trick. Not so. When I mixed with the castile soap with the alcohol it turned into a gelatinous mess. Did not work at all! I’ll leave this combination for my DIY granite and degreasing spray.
Mixture # 4: Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Much like the other baking soda mixture this one was easy to apply and did remove some of the staining on the grout. I think it would work well for tile and grout that is a light color. **Make sure to spot test this because it contains Hydrogen peroxide.**
AND THE WINNER IS...
Mixture # 2 – Baking soda, water and castile soap. Not only did it make my grout clean, it “buffed” the travertine tile. Making it look and feel brand new and soft.
Always make sure to spot test before using any products on your porous marble surfaces. Rinse the tile and grout thoroughly with clean water after you’re done cleaning.
Do you have a great homemade cleaner that you swear by? Leave a comment below so I can check it out and possible feature it in a future post.
Need an amazing granite cleaner and degreaser? Check out my DIY recipe here.