How to clean granite countertops with baking soda?

by Abby

I have granite countertops. I want to clean them using baking soda. Any good concoctions out there?

  13 answers
  • Baking soda and water. Make a paste, let it sit for several hours. Then rinse off. You also need to reseal the stone. It should be resealed every 6 months to a year.

  • William William on Aug 25, 2016
    Make a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (add more peroxide as needed until the paste becomes spreadable). Using a washcloth, scrub the stain with the paste for 5 minutes. Coat the stain with a thin layer of the paste and cover with plastic wrap; let sit overnight. In the morning, when the paste has dried, remoisten the area with hydrogen peroxide, then wipe with a paper towel. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat if necessary.
  • Dee Dee on Jun 23, 2019

    Here is a general way to remove stains,

    1. Begin by mixing the poultice (ex: talc powder,baking soda and hydrogen peroxide). You will want to create a thick paste. It should have the consistency of putty.You can also use toothpaste, but the cheapest kind you can find.

    2. Apply the mix to the stained area, keeping it only on the stain. The layer of paste should be about one fourth of an inch thick and overlap the stain about a half an inch.

    3. Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape the edges down. Allow it to set for 24 hours.

    4. Remove the tape and plastic wrap only, leaving the poultice in place.

    5. Allow this to remain on the stain until it is completely dry. This can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days.

    6. When the paste is completely dry, use a plastic scraper to scrape away the paste.

    7. Wipe remaining paste away with a clean cloth.

    8. Clean the area as normal and dry with another clean cloth.

    9. If the stain remains, you may need to repeat steps 2-6 several times, especially for oily stains, each time removing more of the stain.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 15, 2018

    Try washing and maybe using a soft scrub brush with baking soda, Dawn and warm water to remove the residue. After that you can either use the proper granite sealer or the Weiman wipes for granite which will give you a nice shine.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 29, 2019

    Hello, you can try this

    Baking Soda Poultice:

    1. First blot the spot to lift as much of the substance as possible.
    2. Next, spray it with water.
    3. Now slather it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). ...
    4. Leave covered for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 02, 2021

    Here's the recipe:

    In a small bowl, mix together until smooth:

    1/2 cup baking soda

    water, enough to make a paste

    Wet the countertop with water and spread on the paste, cover the area with the paste about 1/2" thick. Then cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap and tape it in place.

    Next day remove the plastic wrap and let the paste dry, when all dried out, wipe clean with a moist rag.

    Some sources recommend using distilled water rather than tap water because tap water may have mineral deposits in it.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 02, 2021

    Step 1

    Combine a ½ cup of baking soda and enough distilled water to create a thick poultice paste. Mix these two ingredients in the small bowl with the spatula until the ingredients are smooth and completely incorporated.

    Step 2

    Moisten a cleaning cloth with distilled water and wipe the surface of the stain on the granite with the moist cloth to get it wet.

    Step 3

    Spread the poultice paste onto the moistened stained area with the spatula. Apply the poultice a ½-inch thick, covering the entire area of the stain.

    Step 4

    Place a piece of plastic wrap over the poultice-covered area. Tape the edges of the plastic down to the granite to seal the plastic tightly.

    Step 5

    Leave the poultice undisturbed over the stain for one day. Remove the plastic wrap after this time and allow the poultice to remain on the stain for one additional day while the poultice dries.

    Step 6

    Moisten another cleaning cloth with distilled water and use the cloth to wipe away the dried poultice materials. Continue wiping and rinsing the granite until you remove all remnants of the poultice.

    Step 7

    Assess the stained area. If the stain remains, repeat the poultice process up to four more times to draw the stain out of the granite.

    Step 8

    Dry the granite area when you finish removing the stain. Buff the granite with a dry, soft cloth to finish the job.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 02, 2021

    It's good for oil based stains. Make a paste with either peroxide (has a bleaching agent) or water, rub on with a soft microfiber cloth, then wipe clean after buffing out stains. Make sure you are keeping your granite sealed for maintenance. A good test is with water: if the water goes immediately in, develops a dark mark or a ring, you need to seal it every few months. If the water seeps slowly then every year would be okay.

  • Just combine backing soda and water. Make it into a paste, then use it clean you countertop and just allow it to set after so rinse it.

  • Baking soda is mostly used for cleaning stains from granite. For an oil-based stain, used baking soda and water to make a paste. For water-based stains, use hydrogen peroxide. Here's a link:

  • For regular cleaning, soap and water will do it. Here's a link with more information: