Featuring DIY Granite Cleaner Recipe
Granite Counter Tops add instant class and elegance to any kitchen. They are beautiful, durable, and surprisingly easy to care for. However, it is important to clean and care for your granite counter tops properly in order to ensure that they remain stunning and functional for years to come. Invest a few minutes of your time to learn the simple do’s and don’ts of granite care.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or heavy-duty kitchen de-greasers.
- Don’t use citrus-based cleaners or solvents. Even products listed as “all natural” or “gentle” are not safe to use on granite. Acidity and granite do not mix.
- Don’t cut foods directly on the countertop. Always use a cutting board.
- Do clean up spills right away. Most tough messes are easy to avoid by simply cleaning as you go. Dried, stuck-on food is tough to clean up and will make harsh chemicals look all too tempting.
- Do use a soft rag or sponge. Avoid scrubbies, steel wool, and other abrasive materials.
- Do whip up a batch of DIY granite cleaner. It’s easy, economical, and will leave your countertops sparkling!
DIY Granite Cleaner
- 1/4 C rubbing alcohol
- 1 C warm water
- 5 drops castile soap
- 5-10 drops essential oil* (optional)
*Be sure to avoid acidic oils, such as orange or lemon. Good options are eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or peppermint.
Add all ingredients to a clean, empty spray bottle using a small funnel. Shake well to combine.
Store your granite cleaner at room temperature and use as you would any traditional kitchen spray to keep your countertops looking great!