Granite countertops are a huge selling point in many homes, so if you’ve got them, make sure they’re extra clean, shiny, and streak-free while your house is on the market!
Granite is a natural stone, and to keep it beautiful, you should avoid putting certain cleaners on it. Ammonia, bleach, vinegar, lemon, or another citrus should never be used because they have a low pH, and their acidic properties will weaken the seal and etch the stone over time.
Unfortunately, at around $7 per bottle, the cost of commercially made granite cleaner can add up quickly. If, like me, you prefer to save your money and still enjoy all the shiny beauty of clean granite countertops, you can make your own (neutral pH) granite cleaner for pennies! Take a look our recipe for DIY eco-friendly granite cleaner on a budget.
Recipe for Homemade Granite Cleaner
- 2 c. water
- 1/4 c. isopropyl rubbing alcohol (This is what eliminates the streaks)
- 3 to 4 drops dish soap, like Dawn (This helps keep the mixture suspended.)
- an empty spray bottle to mix it in
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Mix all the ingredients in an empty plastic spray bottle. I recommend adding the drops of dish soap last (that way it doesn’t foam up while you’re adding water). Then screw the lid on the spray bottle and shake it up. Wipe all crumbs and spills from counters first. Then spray on granite cleaner and wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel! *Be sure to test a small spot first before using.
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