Homemade Granite Cleaner

DSCN2574These days a lot of us have granite in our kitchens or bathrooms. Keeping granite counters clean can be an
expensive chore. Granite cleaners can be purchased for $7-$15 per small bottle. And if you are anything like us, we use our counters for everything from school to rolling dough and cutting pizzas, so they get messy. I have been looking for a good, less-chemical way to clean and not harm our counters. After trying out many recipes and ideas, here is what I like best:

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (actually any alcohol will work) – This provides streak-free cleaning
  • 3 drops Dawn dishwashing soap – Yes the brand is important because it cuts grease and grime better than others. And yes, it really only takes 3 drops.
  • Water – this amount will vary from 1-2 cups, depending on how you keep the solution.

Many people suggest using a spray bottle but I have found that I like using an empty alcohol bottle. The bottles we get have a lid with a small hole for easy pouring. I put the alcohol and Dawn in the bottle and fill with water. Then I pour some our on the counters and use a soft cotton cloth to clean. I get fabulous results, with lots of shine and no streaking. In the picture you can see how shiny and clean the counters look!

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Granite Cleaner

  1. Good tip. If granite is supposed to be “sealed” yearly (like the installer told us it should be), does this cleaning solution extend or reduce the time between when the granite needs to be sealed again? I love the idea of a streak-free shine – can’t wait to try this!

    • This shouldn’t make a difference in sealing requirements, but please check instructions with the particular sealer you use. You will find that most commercial granite cleaners have alcohols in them, thus sealers are made to work with that.

  2. Pingback: 20 Different Ways to Use Dawn | The Organized Wife

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