Annie’s Favorite Wood-Floor Soap Formula

The fragrance of a true vegetable oil soap on wood floors is as wholesome as bread baking in the oven. So-called vegetable oil soaps available commercially are usually detergents, but detergents may be necessary to avoid soap scum if you have hard water.

If you are lucky enough to have soft water, a brand of all-purpose vegetable oil soap–Sodasan– smells particularly rich and nutty because it contains linseed oil.

Since Sodasan is hard to come by, and I have hard water, I turn instead to using an all-purpose detergent such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, Infinity Heavenly Horsetail, or Life Tree’s Home Soap, and I add some fragrant herbal antibacterial tea such as peppermint or lavender, as well as a few other ingredients for this, my favorite floor cleaning formula:

1/8 cup soap or detergent
to cup vinegar or lemon juice
cup fragrant herb tea
2 gallons warm water.

Combine ingredients in a pail or bucket. Swirl the water around until it is sudsy. Proceed as normal.


Steave R.
Steave R.about a year ago

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Val M.
Val M3 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago


LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

Jacqueline S.
Jacqueline S3 years ago

Thanks you for this recipe.

Tim C.
Tim C3 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen L.
Kathleen L4 years ago

Hurray for Murphy's Oil Soap. I love the smell of it. I'll have to try the recipe!