If there is one homemade cleaner you are going to make off of this blog, please, let it be this. I can’t sleep at night knowing you are being ripped off with “granite spray” or “granite wipes” that make tons of waste and dry out a week after you buy them. Promise you’ll make this if you have granite, mkay? It’s costs next to nothing and mixes up in like point five seconds.
Why Granite Cleaner
For those of you who are wondering why I advocate for such a hoity-toity frill as granite cleaner, I’ll tell ya. First, I am OCD about smear-free counter tops. (You guessed so, didn’t you?) Second, vinegar can damage granite because it is a mild acidic. I normally would have happily grabbed my all-purpose and glass cleaner and gone to town on those countertops, but it contains vinegar, so I had to adapt.
Why Rubbing Alcohol
The good news is that my DIY granite cleaner is the same exact recipe as my all-purpose and glass cleaner, but it uses rubbing alcohol instead of vinegar. Rubbing alcohol is awesome because it is a disinfectant and can cut through grease better than vinegar. I was really happy to find out that it also works on my glass cooktop. My all-purpose cleaner was leaving streaks and I was having a hard time sleeping at night.
Your horizons are not limited here. You can definitely use the granite cleaner on glass and other surfaces in your house, but be aware that it won’t have the same scum-busting abilities of vinegar. (Vinegar: better for scum and hard water. Alcohol: better for cutting through grease)
Warning: This stuff definitely smells like alcohol. You have to put a lot of essential oil in it to mask it. Overall, it is not a big deal. You get used to it.
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 3 drops of dish soap
- 1 Cup Water
- You can use 5-10 drops of essential oils to mask the alcohol smell if you want. I used Sweet Orange; it’s my fave for cleaning.
- Put the rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and water. Give it a little shake to combine.
And there you are. Doesn’t a mug of coffee look so much more tantalizing on a shiny granite counter top? I was thinking so. Golly, I love instant gratification.
No big deal, just a soy candle in a vintage container. From my mommy. You can see the glass cook top is not showing any of the bacon-y goodness I cooked on it this morning.
Now you have the proof: Homemade Granite Cleaner rocks. And also I took these photos at 4:12 pm today. Now go clean some granite!
(And if you feel so inclined, check out the other super easy cleaners from my Whole Home Detox project!)