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DIY Granite Cleaner

DIY Granite Clean Recipe via Clean Mama

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…

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon castile soap (citrus orange is my favorite)

Tools:

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • microfiber or a cleaning cloth
  • funnel
  • clean and empty spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and clean.

Use a Funnel to Minimize Spillage via Clean mama

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.

Spray and Wipe via Clean Mama

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Comments

  1. I’m assuming the citrus is ok to use? I’m afraid the acidity will harm the granite?

    • Castile soap is safe to use on granite – it has a pH of 8 (almost neutral) and the citrus is sourced as essential oil. I wouldn’t use lemon juice, but 1/4 teaspoon in 2 cups of water is a-okay. You could also use a different scent of castile soap if you’d prefer but most mild soaps are a 7 or an 8 on the pH scale. Hope this helps! Happy Cleaning! xo, Becky

  2. Congrats on your book, I’m so happy for you! Just had a quick question…the Dr. Bonner people use 1/4 c in a quart bottle with the rest filled with water. Do you think that’s too much?

    • Thanks Gina!
      Is that for a granite cleaner? I like this ratio because it isn’t too soapy and can just be wiped clean without rinsing. You could try it both ways and see which one you prefer :)
      xo, Becky

  3. Thanks Becky! Yes, it was for a multi purpose cleaner but specifically mentioned using it on her granite :) The last thing I want is to clean up suds LOL Thanks so much, Happy Thursday!

  4. Jeanette says:

    Where do you find castile soap, the empty bottles and the cute labels? (sorry for so many questions.) :-)

  5. I think you should recheck your information on the pH of Dr. Bronners. I believe the pH is closer to or higher than 9. I would stick with a gentle dish soap like regular blue Dawn.

    • Susan – Dr. Bronner’s is a mild soap. The pH of most mild dish soaps is between 7 and 8. Dr. Bronner’s ranges from 8-8.9. It is safe to use any mild soap with water on your granite counters – feel free to use Dawn or any other mild soap that you like :) My preference is Dr. Bronner’s – it’s wonderful!
      xo, Becky

  6. Would this be safe to use on Quartz counters as well?

    Thanks!

  7. Hi Becky! I am so looking forward to your book. I’m wondering, I have corian countertops, would this be a good cleaner to use on that as well? I rent this house and I notice the counters look hazy and dull no matter what I use. I just want to find something that gets it clean but won’t ruin the surface. If that makes any sense! Lol :)

  8. Michelle says:

    Love your blog! Do you think the alcohol is enough to act as a disinfectant?
    Thanks!

  9. I used a similar recipe on my granite…and it cleans really well.

  10. I think this would work a treat. I have used neat rubbing alcohol before and it’s been great for leaving a streak free finish (not as great for breaking down grease, which is where the soap comes in.)

    I have a black granite countertop and it does my head in with the streaks and I have actually found the best is a microfiber cloth for glass with nothing but the hottest water from the tap does the best job for streaks. If it’s a bit greasy, I just squirt a tiny drop of dishsoap and hot water into a sponge/scourer and go over any greasy/sticky bits first. The less soap I use the better the result seems to be.

  11. Would this be good to use on Quartz as well?

  12. Do you have a suggestion as to what to use to seal granite counter tops? The manufacturer recommends a petroleum base product that smell toxic. I would love to find something that is natural to seal them instead. Please let me knoe if you have a recipe for that! Thanks, Pattie

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