We’re tackling another part of the kitchen today. Usually we are talking about food and recipes. Today we’re talking about something a little lower. We’re talking about that thing you don’t want anyone to notice – the old and grungy kitchen linoleum that won’t come clean no matter what you do, except if you use harsh nasty chemicals that make you want to stop breathing. Today we’re talking about how to clean your linoleum without all those chemicals.
I have this linoleum floor that slowly but surely has been creeping up on me. It kind of happened so slowly that age definitely seemed to be playing a role. Then one day I cleaned and waxed it, hoping that would make it better, but it didn’t. If anything, 2 weeks later it looked so much worse. It was appalling.
I’m allergic to ammonia. Really, who isn’t? So my last ditch effort would be a fallback on ammonia while wearing a gas mask and hoping I don’t inhale a few too many fumes at any point. Warning you now, this is not a “how to clean linoleum easily” kind of post. It’s going to require some elbow grease but I promise you, it’s worth it. You also want to make sure you are wearing old pants that can be “yucked up”. I decided my first try was going to be with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Aren’t they the miracle cleaner for almost anything? So glad that did the trick.
Steps to Strip Linoleum Naturally
- I made a thick paste with vinegar and baking soda – around 1 box of baking soda to enough vinegar to make a thick paste.
- I then added water to thin it just a little. You want it to have a thick gunky texture.
- Apply this paste to the floor – yup, the whole floor. You can use a sponge or your hand. I wore gloves.
- Once you are finished applying the gunk, go back over the floor with a heavy duty bristled scrub brush, rubbing in circular motion.
- Fill a bucket with hot water and using a rag, go over the floor, cleaning up the gunk and grime. You may need to use the scrubber on a few spots. Occasionally refill bucket with clean hot water.
- Finally, mop the floor with clean hot water. At this point you can wax the floor if that is what you wish.
With just a little elbow grease and TWO simple household ingredients your linoleum will look like new, or a whole lot better than it did anyway.