Last summer, I moved into a new house with (squee!) granite countertops. Within a few weeks, I was searching for “easy DIY granite cleaner recipe” because, well, streaks.
I’ve never had granite before. I loved how gorgeous the counters were, but I was disturbed when all of the sudden my counters started morphing into a cloudy, decidedly un-shiny mess.
At first I thought they needed to be resealed. After all, the house was a few years old and I had no idea how the counters were maintained before we moved in. So I did the dirty work of resealing them… only to realize they didn’t really need it and the streaky, cloudy mess returned within a couple of days!
The Secret to DIY Granite Cleaner
Luckily, my lovely friend Halle Cottis knows her stuff. When she sent me a copy of her new book Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness, I saw granite cleaner in the table of contents. I flipped straight to the recipe.
No freakin’ way. It can’t be this easy.
That’s what I thought, but I was totally wrong. It is that easy. Only two cheap-as-dirt ingredients. And the magic is in the…
Rubbing alcohol, that is. Now alcohol on the skin is harsh, but for cleaning, it’s a wonder-liquid.
Because it dries so quickly! So anytime you’re having streaky problems, rubbing alcohol is your best friend. It just doesn’t stick around long enough to get streaky.
And compared to the questionable ingredients in store-bought cleaners? Alcohol is pretty safe and non-irritating.
So I love this recipe for its simplicity and total crunchiness. You literally can’t mess this up.
And your granite counters will be gorgeous and sparkling just like they should be!
Easy DIY Granite Cleaner Recipe
- 1/3 cup 70% rubbing alcohol
- 3 cups distilled water
- Wipe the entire surface clean with warm water. Allow to dry.
- Pour the rubbing alcohol and the distilled water into a spray bottle and shake.
- Spray the solution onto the granite and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
- This single product safely disinfects the counters and cleans them, too.
Tip: If you want to add essential oils for scent, add them to the alcohol first and swirl it around in the bottle until mixed. Then add your water. Halle cautions to avoid citrus essential oils, since they may not be granite-friendly.
I rarely follow a recipe just as it’s written, but this one functions beautifully on its own. I do love experimenting, however, so here are a couple additions that worked for me:
- A teaspoon of Thieves cleaner. This is my favorite all natural cleaner. It’s amazing for melting away sticky, icky stuff. I don’t add much because 1) it’s concentrated and 2) too much soap-based cleaner will ruin this recipe’s streak-free reputation. Smells deliciously sweet and spicy.
- Essential oils. Again, avoid citrus to be safe. But I love a pretty-smelling cleaner. So I added 10 drops of lemongrass because it smells lovely and is great for fighting odors (for when you cooked fish for dinner — hello!). You can also try lavender, pine, rosemary or ylang-ylang for different scents. Here’s my absolute favorite source for essential oils.
For DIY Freaks Like Me
So normally I’m a fan of searching the web every time I need a DIY recipe. But honestly, I forget where I find them, and half the time they don’t turn out like I’d hoped.
That’s why I love this gorgeous book. It’s packed with pretty much every DIY cleaning and wellness recipe you can find — but only tried-and-true, tested recipes that really, really work. I’m talking toilet scrub, sore throat spray, no-wax candles, laundry stain remover, cockroach repellant… seriously, this book has everything.
Makes a great gift! *wink wink*