This Is The Best Everyday Cleaner For Stone Countertops

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Granite has a beautiful and timeless look to it, which makes it a very popular material for kitchen countertops. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, granite can also be an attractive choice because it’s a very hard substance, which makes it resistant to heat and scratches. But that doesn’t mean that granite countertops are damage-proof! Granite may be hard, but it is also very porous, which means it needs to be properly sealed and cared for to avoid damage and discoloration.

The key to keeping granite countertops beautiful is to use the right cleaner. And you’re in luck, because today I’m sharing how to make a simple homemade cleaner that’s perfect for granite countertops! (I don’t personally have any granite countertops in my home, but luckily a friend offered to let us “borrow” her countertops for a few hours so we could take these photos. Thank you Michelle!)

But before we get to that recipe for my granite cleaner, I thought I’d also share a few “do’s and don’ts” for properly maintaining those beautiful stone counters.

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Don’ts For Granite And Other Types Of Natural Stone

1. DON’T Use Harsh Cleaners

Cleaners with ingredients like lemon, lime, vinegar, ammonia, or bleach can damage the sealant on your countertops. If the sealant wears away, your countertops will be susceptible to staining, discoloration, “etching,” and other damage.

2. DON’T Use Abrasive Cleaners Or Tools

Gritty cleaners and heavy-duty scrub brushes may be handy for cleaning other surfaces in your home, but they’re too harsh for sealed granite. The abrasion will wear down the sealant just like acidic and harsh cleaners will.

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Do’s For Granite And Other Types Of Natural Stone

1. DO Make Sure Your Countertops Are Sealed

Your granite was likely sealed when it was installed, but some kinds of granite need to be resealed at regular intervals. (A simple way to test if your countertop is sealed is to leave a few drops of water on the countertop. The water should bead up, but if it soaks into the counter over time, it’s probably time to reseal your counters.)

2. DO Use Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber is very gentle, which is great for stone. It’s also highly effective at buffing away streaks, so your countertops will sparkle!

So now that we all know a bit more about how to care for granite, let’s move on to that homemade cleaner I promised you! This is a gentle cleaner that still packs enough degreasing power to tackle tough and sticky messes, and it couldn’t be easier to make! It will leave your granite so clean and shiny that you’ll want to keep your shades handy to block the glare! ;-) (Works on marble too!)

How To Make A DIY Granite Cleaner

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Ingredients:

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Directions:

Pour the rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add a few drops of dish soap, then fill the rest of the bottle with water.

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Screw the top onto your spray bottle and give it a few shakes to mix.

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Spray the mixture onto your countertops, and use a clean microfiber cloth to clean and buff it dry. Your countertops will have a nice, clean shine! (And bonus – it works well on appliances too!

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Keep This Recipe Handy With A Set Of Spray Bottle Labels!

It’ll be even easier to make more granite cleaner with a set of my cleaning recipe spray bottle labels. With these stick-on labels (designed for use on dark-colored bottles), you’ll never have to go searching for the recipe ever again!

The cleaning labels feature seven labels printed with the name and recipe for my favorite DIY cleaning sprays, including an all-purpose cleaning spray, my favorite window and mirror cleaner, dusting spray, and, of course, my granite cleaner.

OGT readers love these labels! Here’s what just three of them had to say:

I didn’t know I needed these until they arrived! I love that I have the “recipe” on the label and don’t have to hunt for it online. SO glad I got these….you should, too!

Nancy

Thank you for creating these – they are so helpful. Definitely not something I wanted to have to DIY—it would have taken me forever! Such great quality. I’m confident these will hold up for years.

Jeanette

In the midst of a busy day it’s always so convenient to have the directions to make a fresh bottle of cleaning spray right on the bottle. I love anything that makes my life simple but more efficient.

Yvonne

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Let me know how this DIY Granite Cleaner works for you! As for me, I’ll keep this post handy for when I get my own granite countertops… someday! ;-)

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping granite countertops clean and in good shape?

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  • I have to say that I’ve used this cleaner on MANY surfaces for a few years now…(I guess about 4!) We’ve had granite, quartz, and sealed wood counters, and it works, beautifully, on all of them. I use it for mirrors, stainless, and pretty much anything else. When COVID hit, I was low on alcohol and panicked that I wouldn’t be able to get it. But, found a gallon on Amazon (!). Still working on that gallon, but may even order another when this one goes-can’t be without my favorite cleaner! So good! Every time I make a bottle, I silently thank you, Jillee! :)

  • Jillee, this is the cleaner -with some added essential oils for the aroma therapy effect- that I use on all my counter tops. It’s amazing how clean it leaves them. They glow! I use it for cleaning other surfaces, too. It works great for spot cleaning hardwood floors, because the alcohol makes it evaporate quickly. Highly recommend it.

  • Hi I have a similar recipe that I have been using for several years now and it works amazing. I reused the 409/windex bottles with the straw down the front so you use every last drop:
    6oz alcohol
    6 drops dawn soap
    10 drops essential oils
    (I like tee tree oil and orange)
    fill with water and shake well
    I use it for the kitchen, bathrooms and basically everywhere and I love it!

  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I LOVE this cleaner! It makes me soooo happy to see my countertops sparkling clean after years of trying to use dish soap and water, baking soda and vinegar, peroxide, you name it. It works great on appliances, and I even just cleaned the bathroom mirrors with it! PERFECT! It’s so great knowing it’s safe for my husband and kid, too! And it is so easy and inexpensive to make! I have an autoimmune condition and so can’t tolerate chemical cleaners anymore, and this is PERFECT! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • What is the better disinfectant: hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol? Does this solution have enough to do the job? Is it god to let it “work” for a minute before rinsing?

    • Hydrogen peroxide would probably be best in terms of killing bacteria, but this cleaning with rubbing alcohol kills germs and leaves your counter sparkling! Letting your cleaners sit for a minute or two is always a good idea. :-)

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cleaner! I have black granite countertop that most cleansers leave streaky. This cleaner leaves no marks…just shine! Thank you so much!!

  • I have used this cleaner for quite some time. I use it on all my appliances and counter tops. I put a few drops of essential oil in it which really smells good and helps with disinfecting. Oçcasionally I’ll spray a couple squirts in the air as an air freshner.

  • I have been using this cleaner for over 30 years, for cleaning everything from counters and floors, to bathrooms and windows. It’s cheap, and disinfects. I am also paperless – and use bar mop towels and lint free towels to do all cleaning (which I buy in large packages from SAM’s, but they are also available in many other places.)

    I use the cotton towels because they work so well, and there is evidence that micro fibers are making their way into the water systems, and being lodged in fish gills! So home made cleaners are not always “green” if used with micro fiber cleaning cloths!

    https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/dirty-laundry-scientists-warn-microfiber-pollution-great-lakes-n283361

    Large bottles of rubbing alcohol from SAM’s and Costco make it even cheaper. And this month, DAWN is on sale at Costco!

    I do make a point of using filtered water – it does make a difference especially for windows. And a variation of this formula for electronics is 50/50 filtered water and alcohol.

  • I love this cleaner! When I read this hint today I immediately made it and started cleaning my granite countertops. Worked great. While I was cleaning the countertops, I went ahead and used it on my tile backsplash. It did such a great job, I decided to try it on the grout on my kitchen floor. I couldn’t believe it! I simply sprayed a section, let it soak for 15 minutes, then scrubbed it with a scrubbrush and mopped up with warm water. Perfect! Unless someone knows if this is harmful for the floor, this is my new grout cleaner! Thank you, Jillee, for your helpful hints. I love your emails!

  • I love this cleaner! When I read this hint today I immediately made it and started cleaning my quartz countertops. Worked great. While I was cleaning the countertops, I went ahead and used it on my tile backsplash. It did such a great job, I decided to try it on the grout on my kitchen floor. I couldn’t believe it! I simply sprayed a section, let it soak for 15 minutes, then scrubbed it with a scrubbrush and mopped up with warm water. Perfect! Unless someone knows if this is harmful for the floor, this is my new grout cleaner! Thank you, Jillee, for your helpful hints. I love your emails!

  • I’ve used this formula for a couple of years and love it. I’ve never used a commercial product work as well. I use castile soap in place of Dawn soap, and add peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils…smells so good!

  • This is great. I’m not sure what kind of countertops we have at home,but it kind of looks like the picture. I like that’s it’s cheap to make.

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