Granite is a natural stone, and to keep it beautiful, you should avoid putting certain cleaners on it. Ammonia, bleach, vinegar, lemon or other 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 professional granite cleaning products can add up quickly. If, like me, you prefer to save your money and still enjoy all the shiny beauty of your granite countertops, you can make your own (neutral pH) granite cleaner for pennies!
Recipe for Homemade Granite Cleaner
- 2 c. water
- 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol (This is what eliminates the streaks)
- 3 to 4 drops dish soap (This helps keep the mixture suspended.)
Mix all the ingredients in a 16 oz plastic spray bottle (available at Target, Wal-Mart, and most dollar stores). 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!
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Do you have granite countertops in your kitchen? If so, how do you clean them?