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Annie’s Favorite Wood-Floor Soap Formula

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.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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7:43PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for info.

7:43PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for info.

5:22AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks you for this recipe.

7:33AM PST on Feb 5, 2013


2:07AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

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6:01AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

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

10:48AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

This is great thanks - I will try it. My wood floors are always a challenge for me.

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