Granite countertops… everyone’s wish for their DREAM KITCHEN… right?!?!
Well when we moved into our house 3 years ago, it had granite countertops and I thought I was in heaven. That is until I realized they are impossible to clean!
First they are dark, so I cannot see when the kids leave a glob of SYRUP on them that hardens like a rock.
Then every cleaner I use causes STREAKS. Soap & Water… Windex… stovetop cleaners… plain WATER… EVERYTHING STREAKS! I will be the first to admit I am a lousy housekeeper, but how frustrating when you actually do clean and the counters end up looking worse than when you started.
Finally someone told me you need special Granite Countertop cleaners. Well you know I am not paying more than $1 per bottle for cleaners and these were way more than $1. UGH!
Finally what did I do… GOOGLE GOOGLE GOOGLE… and this is what I came up with and it works wonderfully!
DIY Granite Cleaner
- recycled spray bottle
- 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka
- 3 drops of your favorite FREE or cheap dish liquid
Rinse out an empty spray bottle.
Fill with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or if you do not have any on hand, Vodka works well too. I have not tried gin or rum, but I feel like rum would be sticky.
Add 3 drops of your favorite dish liquid. I prefer ones that cut grease, but any FREE or cheap dish liquid will do.
Fill the balance of the container with water. I like to use warm water, but room temperature will do just fine.
I suggest you scrub any sticky stuck-on-crap off first with a scrub sponge. Then spray the surface and wipe with a clean dry cloth. I like to go right behind with a cloth to dry them – just in case you went heavy on the dish soap or leave the water on too long it can still streak a bit.
VOILA – cheap and effective granite cleaner you can make with stuff you have in the house.
Let me know how it works for you and if you have any other cleaning tips!