This homemade granite cleaner is for those with marble or granite counters who’ve been frustrated in their search for DIY cleaning products. This recipe is cost-effective and safe for granite and natural stone surfaces. It cleans, shines, and disinfects in one go, too.
Be Careful How You Clean Granite
Granite countertops are prized for their luxurious appearance and the organic, natural touch they add to home decor. If cared for properly, these surfaces are durable and can dramatically improve your home’s resale value.
Vinegar is Too Acidic for Granite
What makes vinegar a fantastic ingredient in many homemade natural cleaning mixes is its acidity. From dissolving mineral buildup on showerheads to eliminating pet stains and odors, vinegar has been a go-to homemade cleaning ingredient for generations.
But vinegar’s acidity can damage granite’s surface, etching through the polished top layer and leaving dull, unattractive spots on your costly countertops.
So, while granite can handle hot pots and pans being set directly on it as well as daily wear and tear, it cannot withstand vinegar-based cleaners.
That’s why it’s good to keep a bottle of homemade granite cleaner around for speedy touch-ups throughout the day as well as deeper weekly cleaning.
You Need a Cleaner that Disinfects, Too
For most spills, plain soap and water are enough to get your countertops clean. Using 12% hydrogen peroxide will lift stains from coffee, tea, juice, and wine from your granite countertops without damaging the shine, but it’s not cost-effective to use as a daily cleanser.
And granite countertops need daily cleaning — especially in the kitchen. Wiping them regularly as part of your daily cleaning routine eliminates grit and other debris that can scratch your countertops’ surfaces.
Daily disinfection is essential to food safety, too, so why not use a homemade granite cleaner that does both?
Homemade Granite Cleaner
Why These Ingredients?
Making homemade cleaning recipes isn’t like cooking. When baking, for instance, you can often use applesauce in place of oil or evaporated milk for heavy cream.
The ingredients in a homemade cleaner are there for a reason, and switching them around can change your results or even cause damage.
Here’s what the ingredients in this homemade granite cleaner do and why they can’t be switched with other things.
Known as “surgical spirits” in the UK, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is a synthetic compound with antiseptic properties. It is present in this recipe because it provides disinfecting power. It also evaporates quickly, which helps this homemade granite cleaner leave a streak-free shine.
Be sure you use plain isopropyl alcohol, not one that’s been mixed with glycerin or tinted with dyes.
A safe swap: It’s a good idea to keep rubbing alcohol on hand in your first aid kit, but if you’re out (or if you live in a country where it’s pricey), you can substitute pure, undiluted vodka with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 80% or greater.
Liquid Dish Soap
Soap has degreasing properties which enable it to power through food residue and grime. Although you only need a small amount in this homemade granite cleaner recipe, you shouldn’t skip it.
Use a liquid dish soap that does not claim antibacterial, moisturizing, or oxygenating properties. These kinds of additives will leave streaks. For the same reason, I don’t recommend using castile soap in this recipe.
The use of essential oil is optional, but it does help offset the smell of isopropyl alcohol. I use lemon essential oil because I like the smell.
Unlike fresh lemon juice, lemon essential oil does not contain citric acid that can harm natural stone surfaces. It’s safe for granite and marble and a great way to get a lemony clean fragrance.
Homemade Granite Cleaner Recipe
- 1/2 cup plain 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (surgical spirits in the UK)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp. liquid dish soap
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (optional – can use peppermint)
- Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle.
- Shake gently before each use.
- Spray on surface, wait 30 seconds, and wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth. No rinsing required.
Note: Store unused homemade granite cleaner in a cool, dark place. Do not use near open flames.
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