March 4, 2014

Homemade Granite Cleaner

Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic ( i.e. citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite counter-tops. Granite counter-tops also don’t like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone.

So what does that leave us? Water? Well yes, and no. Even water, by itself, will leave streaks. BUT, add a little rubbing alcohol (or regular alcohol, like vodka) and a drop or two of some kind of soap…and you’re in business!

-1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka)
-5-10 drops essential oil (optional to mask alcohol smell)
-3 drops of blue Dawn or other dish soap. OR
A great alternative would be castile soap. (My favorite is Dr. Bronner's)

Dr. Bronner'S Magic Soaps Dr. Bronner - Castile Soap Tea Tree, 16 Oz Liquid

Put rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add desired soap and essential oil. Fill up rest of bottle with water. Give it a few shakes. Then give it a try! It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.


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