Hooray! 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, with what do you use to clean your granite?
How to Make This Great Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner for Cheap
Beleive 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
Mix together in a tinted glass spray bottle. I used tinted glass because of the added essential oils. If you aren’t really concerned about the alcohol smell, using a plastic spray bottle will suffice.
I also used a funnel to get everything into the bottle spill free. If you’re much more skilled than I am in the pouring department, you may not need a funnel.
Things to Note:
When cleaning granite, I spray with the mixture above and leave it on the granite for about 5 minutes. This allows everything to soak if you have something stuck on the countertop, but it also allows the alcohol to disinfect your countertops. I then use a microfiber cloth or a clean wash cloth to wipe down the countertops.
The alcohol will disinfect and the dawn dish soap will clean off any grease or fat on the granite.
If you’re looking for other natural and non-toxic cleaners to clean your home, check out my post: 5 Common Household Cleaners. There’s stuff for glass, all-purpose, tile and wood!