Have you heard of my homemade floor cleaner? If you’ve tried it, you know that it really functions as an all-purpose cleaner for most surfaces around the home, especially in the kitchen. The only surface so far that I’ve learned it can’t be used on is granite countertops because the cleaner includes vinegar (an acid) in the recipe. You really shouldn’t be using anything acidic on your granite (or natural stone) because, over time, it can cause etching on the surface.
I haven’t had a kitchen with granite for about 5 years, but we just moved into a new place with granite counters, and I found myself needing a new, safer cleaner for them. Last year, when I finally converted my mom to my homemade floor cleaner (yay!) I also had to find her a natural homemade granite cleaner. She tried it, loved it, and has been using it ever since – in perfect kitchen cleaning harmony with the homemade floor cleaner (which is also great for stainless steel appliances and glass!).
This recipe is very similar to the floor cleaner recipe, except without the vinegar. It’s mainly water and alcohol, with some dish soap and optional essential oils to help mask the smell. Alcohol is a great disinfectant, it dries quickly, and is great at cutting through grease! The alcohol smell is pretty strong, so if you have essential oils I’d highly recommend experimenting and finding a scent combination that you love. I really like lavender and eucalyptus. But I’ve also used orange or tea tree oil, as well.
For the most effective clean, use microfiber cloths to clean and wipe down your counters. In addition to the classic sponge, I use microfiber cloths exclusively to clean pretty much every surface in our home – they’re just so darn useful and really get the job done!
- 1/4 cup alcohol
- 3-5 drops dish soap
- 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)
- 2 cups water
- Add alcohol, dish soap, and essential oils to a spray bottle, and swirl to combine.
- Add water, and shake to mix thoroughly.
- Spray onto granite counters and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
- If surface is still wet and won't dry, try buffing it with a dry cloth. You may also try increasing the alcohol to 1/3 cup.
What’s your go-to cleaner for keeping your kitchen counters clean and shiny?