When we were looking for our home, the first thing I noticed was the gorgeous, shiny, granite countertops flecked with gold, gray, silver and mustard. They were so unique and striking.
When we finally moved in, it took about three seconds to realize that my beautiful, fancy-schmancy countertops showed every fingerprint, smudge and smear. It was a constant battle to keep it clean and haze (and fingerprint) free. Actually, it was a losing battle. With me being the loser!
These granite countertops are killing me!
I tried every spray on the market. They were expensive and smelly. I am super-sensitive to smells and I am only able to tolerate a few different cleaning products in my house.
I’m a Lysol junkie! It has to be orange scented though. That’s my go-to cleaner for bathrooms and the kitchen table (and doorknobs, light switches, handrails, clickers, etc). You can clean almost anything with Lysol. And by clean, I mean c-l-e-a-n. Disinfected, clean. Not just shiny clean. Clean, clean. Okay, I may be a bit of a germaphobe. Teeny bit.
That being said, Lysol isn’t what you want to use to clean your granite countertops. Granite, stone and marble do not like anything acidic used on them. Citrus and vinegar can cause damage to your beautiful, expensive countertops. And even water can leave spots and streaks.
After doing a lit bit of research, the ingredients in the homemade sprays were pretty similar. They all had water and alcohol in different measurements. This mixture works really well. It’s a huge money saver and works better than those toxic smelling, commercial products.
You will smell the alcohol if you don’t use essential oils to scent your spray, but alcohol evaporates quickly, so the smell dissipates almost immediately.
If you have granite, marble or stone in your kitchen, I suggest you try this. You’ll love the results, trust me. And, you’ll love the huge savings.
Homemade Granite Spray
16 oz. spray bottle
1/4 c. Isopropyl alcohol (or vodka)
3-4 drops Dawn dish detergent
Water (distilled or filtered preferably)
5-10 drops essential oil
- Put alcohol into the spray bottle. Add the dish detergency and oils (if using) and fill with water.
- Wipe down your counters first with a damp, slightly soapy cloth to make sure all the sticky gunk is off then give it a good shake and spray all over your counter.
- Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe. (Disposable (obviously unused) diapers make the best cleaning cloths)
- Voila! Gorgeous, shiny counters!