Keep that floor looking like new with this quick and easy tutorial on how to clean interior brick floors with all-natural cleaning ingredients!
Originally posted March 2020 • Updated September 2023
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It’s been three years since we installed the beautiful brick floor in our entryway. I am as much in love with it today as I was on install-day. However, it has started to show it’s wear and tear. While it gets a weekly vacuuming, I have yet to give said floor a good scrubbin’. It’s looking a little sad, wouldn’t you say?
Because we didn’t seal the brick (I didn’t even know that was a thing, to be honest!), I started the hunt for a safe cleaner that would get the job done, without harming the floors.
Friends, I found my new favorite cleaning mixture. Now, I’m not a complete cleaning novice, but I tend to gravitate towards to ‘all-in-one’ cleaner that I can pick up at Target. I have my favorites so making something at home hadn’t really crossed my mind.
I’ve experienced the power of the baking soda-vinegar combo and I am amazed. Because I’m not a huge fan of the vinegar smell, I dashed a few drops of essential oil into the mixture and now feel the need to smell my brick floors.
Brick floor cleaner supply list
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Lemon essential oil
- Scrub brush
- Cleaning bucket (for warm water)
- Storage container
Brick floor cleaner recipe
In the storage container, mix together:
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2-5+ drops of essential oil
How to clean your interior brick floors
Step one: Grab your cleaning bucket and fill it with warm water.
Step two: Sprinkle your baking soda cleaning mixture over a small area on the floor. I started with the space right in front of our door because it’s the area that needed the most love.
Step three: Dip your scrub brush into the warm water and then start scrubbing the area sprinkled with the all-natural cleaning mixture. I’m a small, circular motion type of gal but you can choose whichever style works best for you.
Now, I may or may not have pulled a shoulder muscle from scrubbing (that’s for me and the dogs to only ever know) BUT you don’t have to hit it that hard to get results – I promise.
Do you see how clean that grout looks?
Sidenote: even Gunner thought the floor smelled good 🙂
It’s like we have a brand new floor AND didn’t have to do the install work 😛
I’m kind of liking this whole homemade cleaning recipe thing. I get to experience the instant gratification of a job well done PLUS sprinkle in a little DIY. Now, off to see what else I can spiffy up with my new favorite cleaning combo.
All our best,