Granite Cleaner

by Julie
4 Materials
4 Minutes
It’s easy to make your own granite cleaner. It works great and can save you money. Take a few minutes and mix some up today.
Making your own granite cleaner is easy. It only takes a few minutes and can be made for under $1. Plus, it works just as well as the store-bought! 

You will need rubbing alcohol, water, dish soap, and essential oils. Start by adding the alcohol and water to a spray bottle. Then add the drops of dish soap, I use Dawn, but you can use any brand. The dish soap helps cut any grease that is on your countertops.
Next, add in your essential oils. The essential oils add a nice smell to the granite. I like to use a sweet orange or lemon in mine, but you can use just about any scent.
Once you get everything in the spray bottle just give it a good shake and you can start spraying. I like to spray down the counters and then wipe up using a microfiber cloth. 
My counters have a perfect shine to them after using the granite cleaner! Plus, this granite cleaner works great on other counter surfaces like Formica too. 
To see step by step details and measurements head on over to my blog post.
Suggested materials:
  • Spray Bottle   (Meijer)
  • Rubbing Alcohol   (Meijer)
  • Dawn Dish Soap   (Meijer)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
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  • Marlene Frei Marlene Frei on Jun 04, 2020

    What amount of each item do I use - rubbing alcohol - dish soap - water - essential oils - ?

  • Alyce Alyce on Nov 30, 2020

    I have a granite sink. Will it work on that?

  • Lee Lee on Jun 25, 2021

    Can this spray be used on quartz countertops?

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  • William William on Aug 15, 2017
    Thanks for the post! I've been posting my recipe for months in the forum.

    Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic (ie: citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite countertops. Not a good thing. Granite countertops also don’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    Apparently there are some very nice countertop/granite cleaners out there that do a great job…but $7.00 for a 12-ounce bottle? YOU can do better than that! :-)

    After researching several homemade options out there…I discovered they all had the same basic ingredients…just in varying amounts. Some had a LOT of alcohol in them…some very little. I think the following “recipe” has a good balance of the ingredients, based on the information I read.

    Homemade Granite Cleaner, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka), 3 drops of Dawn or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer), Water, 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell).

    Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.

    Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try! It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

    • Patti Patti on Jan 22, 2019

      I used this recipe and it worked great! I then polished with coconut oil. Looks great.

  • Julie Julie on Aug 15, 2017
    I have heard the same thing about etching. I never use vinegar on mine. Also, for anyone concerned about using an orange or lemon essential oil the essential oil is from the peel, so it is not acidic. Thanks for sharing your recipe!