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How to Clean Granite Countertops Naturally

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Cleaning granite countertops naturally comes down to knowing which ingredients won’t dull their shine or finish. Beauty and durability make granite a top choice for kitchens and bathrooms. While homeowners are increasingly looking for more natural ways to care for their investment, not all-natural cleaners are created equal when removing dirt while protecting the finish on granite.

To clean granite countertops naturally, combine the following in a 16-ounce spray bottle:

  •  1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 6-8 drops of Dawn dish soap
  • 2 cups of water
  • 6-8 drops essential oil

Seal, shake lightly to combine. Spritz counters and wipe dry with a cotton cloth.

Just as certain commercial cleaners can be too harsh, natural cleaners containing acid like vinegar, and lemon juice, can strip the finish and dull the shine.

Before you reach for the bottle of homemade natural cleaner, it is vital to make sure you are using the right natural cleaner, one that is ph-balanced to protect your granite-countertops for years to come.

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How to Clean Granite Countertops Naturally

Over 60 percent of American homes have granite in their kitchens. With more and more people moving away from harsh chemical cleaners and opting for natural cleaners; instead, it’s hard to tell which natural ingredients are best for each surface.

Sure, natural cleaners help keep your home clean while protecting the environment, your family, and your pets. But how do you know if the natural cleaner you are using is safe?

Here are some recipes, tips-n-tricks, to ensure that the natural methods you are using to clean are suitable for the stone and finish.

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Clean Granite Naturally Using Baking Soda

Whether bacon grease or olive oil, splatter happens. Even in the cleanest homes, kitchen counters get messy. When oily messes happen, the best approach is to wipe up stains as quickly as possible, before the oil has time to make its mark. But sometimes life gets in the way, and stains set in.

If a tough, oily stain has set deep into your counter, don’t fret. A simple paste of baking soda and distilled water can be just the trick for drawing out the stain, returning the finish to its former glory. It’s important you use distilled water here, because mineral amounts in tap water vary and affect the stain in different ways.

To treat tough oily stains on your granite countertops with a baking soda stain, follow these easy steps:

Step One:

  1. Pour a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain.
  2. Allow this baking soda to sit for 20-30 minutes, absorbing excess oils from the stain’s surface.
  3. Remove the dried baking soda, then wipe the area down with a wet sponge or cloth.

Step Two: Mix 1/2 cup of baking with enough distilled water to create a paste. When the paste is the consistency of peanut butter, you are ready to apply.

Step Three:

  1. Spread a thick layer of the paste to the stained area, and cover in plastic food wrap.
  2. Secure the wrap around the edges with masking tape to hold it in place.
  3. Poke small holes into the plastic wrap to allow air to enter.
  4. Allow enough time for this paste to dry – approximately 24 hours.

Step Four: Once your paste has thoroughly dried, remove it gently using a plastic scraper or your hand. If you are using a plastic scraper, be very careful not to scratch at the surface, as this can cause the finish to chip.

Step Five: Once all of the baking soda paste is removed, gently buff the area dry with a damp cloth. Check the spot to see the results. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process a few more times.

Note that if you have a stain that is not oil-based, like tough hard water spots, you can use this same process using a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

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Cleaning Granite Naturally Using Household Items

Our kitchens act as the heart of our homes. Families gather and eat; children create and do homework. These everyday activities ensure your counters become an unintended magnet for everything from fingerprints, to cookie crumbs, to crayon marks and germs.

For everyday household cleaning, a natural spray cleaner made with just a few household ingredients makes cleaning up quick and easy.

Follow this simple recipe, which can be sprayed on counter surfaces any time dirt, dust, and grime strike. Best of all, this natural alternative to the bottles you keep under your sink is safe to spray around families and pets.

Step One: Mix 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol (at least 60% for proper disinfection) with 6-8 drops of Dawn dish soap, 2 cups of warm water, and 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil.

The alcohol in this mix makes this spray a disinfectant, and the Dawn is used because it is ph-balanced.

Step Two: Pour this mixture into a 16-ounce spray bottle. Secure the lid back on tightly, and then shake the bottle to mix the contents.

Step Three: Spritz the homemade cleanser across the granite, anywhere dirt and grime are hiding. Wipe the surface down with a microfiber rag, and repeat as necessary until clean.

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Homemade Castile Granite Cleanser

If you have castille soap on hand instead of dish soap, you can make a natural spray using the following steps:

Step One: Mix 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol (at least 60% for proper disinfection), 2 cups of warm water, three drops of Castille Soap (Dr. Bronner’s unscented works well here), and 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Step Two: Pour this mixture into a 16-ounce spray bottle. Secure the lid back on the bottle and shake to mix.

Step Three: Spray the target areas that need cleaning, wipe clean with a microfiber rag, and repeat as necessary.

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Which Natural Cleaners Are Not Safe On Granite?

While granite counters appear to be impenetrable, and it may seem as if all-natural cleaners are created equal, this is not the case. It is imperative to choose gentle, ph-balanced cleansers when working with finished stone.

Never use any natural cleaning products or mixes containing acidic ingredients like lemon juice or distilled white vinegar, as these will dull the shine and destroy the finish.

How to Clean Granite Counters Using Vodka

If your granite need cleaning and you happen to be out of rubbing alcohol, you can make a handy all-natural cleaner using vodka. It is not necessary to spring for top-shelf brands here. The cheap stuff does the trick and keeps money in your wallet.

To make this all-natural cleaner using vodka, follow these simple instructions:

Step One: In a spray bottle, mix ½ cup vodka with 1 ½ cups of water, ½ tsp of castile soap, and 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Step Two: Pour this mixture into a 16-ounce spray bottle. Secure the lid back on the bottle and shake to mix.

Step Three:

  • Spray the all-natural cleaner on the portion of the counter needing cleansing.
  • Wipe down with a microfiber rag.
  • Repeat as necessary until clean.

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The Best Essential Oil Choices for Homemade Granite Cleanser

Many of the recipes for all-natural cleaners call for essential oils (optional). While you can use any essential oil of your choosing, certain oils are more suitable for use in recipes for cleaning products.

Basil and grapefruit essential oils have antibiotic and antimicrobial benefits, which are useful in kitchens and bathrooms. Other popular choices for cleaning recipes are lemon, tea tree, lavender, and lime.

Tips-n-Tricks for Choosing Natural Cleaning Products for Granite

As mentioned earlier, never use any natural cleaners with acidic ingredients like lemon juice or distilled white vinegar. Essential oils like lemon and lime are safe because they do not contain citric acids.
Never use cleaners that are abrasive or that contain harsh chemicals. Always use cloths or sponges that are soft. Any abrasive cleaning surface can cause damage, dulling the finish.
Do not spray large areas of the counter surface at the same time. Instead, spray cleaners in small sections or directly onto a microfiber rag.

Doing so protects the finish by not allowing the liquid to settle for long periods before being wiped away, thus protecting it from stains.

Granite is an eco-friendly, beautiful, and durable option for your kitchen and bathrooms. It can provide years of lasting value. If cared for properly, this significant investment will give a beautiful look with low maintenance. By following a few simple tips, you can keep the granite in your home clean using these all-natural methods while maintaining the same shine you enjoyed the day it was first installed.

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1 thought on “How to Clean Granite Countertops Naturally”

  1. I’m so excited to try your cleaning solutions! No matter what cleaner we use, it leaves streaks behind so I’m hoping one of yours doesn’t! We had professional granite cleaners deep clean and seal our countertops and they look beautiful so I want to preserve that look with a gentle but effective granite cleaner. Thanks for sharing!


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