March 6, 2014
DIY Granite Cleaner
With all this talk about counters this week I thought it would be fun to share a simple (effective and natural) granite cleaner you can make yourself. A version of this recipe is also in my book – if you like this recipe, you’ll LOVE my book! If you have granite or marble counters you know that they take a little more care because they can stain easily if you spill on them and don’t get it cleaned up right away. You also have to be very careful to use only ingredients that are safe to use on them. Most countertop manufacturers and installers recommend just soap and water. This recipe is a little twist on the soap and water but I’ve added a little rubbing alcohol – the reason for this is 3-fold: (1) alcohol kills germs, (2) alcohol helps the water to dry a little more quickly, (3) alcohol is pH neutral – it has the same acidity of water. If you want to leave out the rubbing alcohol you can, just up the castile soap to 1/2 teaspoon. The reason you can’t use vinegar on stone counters is that the vinegar has a pH and over time will etch away at the finish of your stone. Not good. Give this recipe a try – you’ll love how quick it is to mix up and how easy it is to use.
Gather your ingredients and tools…
- 3 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon castile soap (citrus orange is my favorite)
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- microfiber or a cleaning cloth
- clean and empty spray bottle
Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and clean.
It’s important to clean granite (or marble) in small sections (a 4 foot square area is good) to minimize the time that any liquid sits on the surface. I love microfiber cloths and cotton dish cloths for my granite.
My book, The Organically Clean Home, includes a version of this recipe and many more amazing cleaning recipes, tips, and tricks!