Non-toxic cleaning products are a great way to create a healthier home. Making your own products can help mitigate costs and ensure you know what’s in the cleaning products you are using. This homemade granite cleaner is a great option for those with granite and stone countertops. Made with just a few ingredients, it’s cheap, easy-to-make and a great option for those trying to get rid of harmful chemicals.
How to Make This Great Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner for Cheap
I recently had granite installed in my house. However, my All-Purpose Cleaner, which contains vinegar, is now a big “no-no” as a granite cleaner. Granite is not supposed to be cleaned with vinegar, or any other type of acidic cleaner. It can remove the sealant on the granite and open up the pores in the rock. So, what do you use to clean your granite?
Believe it or not, the easiest and cheapest solution is an isopropyl alcohol spray (also called rubbing alcohol), mixed with water and a tiny bit of dawn dish soap (the blue kind).
This is gentle enough on the granite not to eat away and remove the sealant, but still does a great job of cleaning and sterilizing. It smells strongly of rubbing alcohol, so I add some lavender essential oil to soften the smell.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups distilled water
- 2 cups Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- 1 Teaspoon blue dawn dish soap
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil – I purchase essential oils from Simply Earth. They are reasonably priced and offer great products!
Mix together in a tinted glass spray bottle. Tinted glass is used because of the added essential oils. If you choose not to use essential oils to help hide the alcohol smell, using a plastic spray bottle will suffice.
In order to fill the glass bottle, I used a funnel to get everything into the bottle spill free. This makes life easier, but if you’re much more skilled than I am in the pouring department, you may not need a funnel.
How to Use the Granite Cleaner
When cleaning granite, spray with the mixture above and leave it on the granite for a few minutes. This allows everything to soak if you have something stuck on the countertop, but it also allows the alcohol to disinfect your countertops. Then, use a microfiber cloth or a clean washcloth to wipe down the countertops.
The alcohol will disinfect and the dawn dish soap will clean off any grease or fat on the granite. Just like any other stone, sealing your granite is an important part of general maintenance.
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