DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2012

When we started our kitchen renovation, I was absolutely convinced that I wanted black granite countertops… until I met with the owner of Premier Granite and Stone (who just so happens to be a friend from high school). He knew me well enough to suggest that I might not want black granite since it shows every crumb, water spot, finger print, dust bunny, etc.

He suggested New Venetian Gold Granite for a more practical, yet equally timeless look… and I LOVE it!!!

The colors in our counter tops tie everything in our kitchen together. They have white flecks that mirror the cabinets, brown that ties in with the floor, black for the island, and a tan/beige that picks up on the wall color. Plus, if the light shines just right, there are some metalic flecks that work with our stainless appliances.

It’s just the most perfect granite for our kitchen… and it doesn’t show any dirt, dust, crumbs, water spots, finger prints, etc. I actually have to run my hand over the counters to see if they need to be wiped down… I’m so glad I didn’t go with black granite! 

However, I will say that black granite looks equally fabulous — I just don’t want the extra maintenance at this point in my life 🙂

Anyway, when our counters were installed, we got a nice little packet of information on how to clean and care for them… and it said DO NOT use vinegar as the acid in it will eventually etch away at the granite.


I’ve been using vinegar to clean my kitchen (and pretty much everything else) for a couple years now. I honestly didn’t even have any store-bought kitchen cleaners in my house.

So, I went to Facebook and asked YOU for homemade granite cleaner ideas. Of course, you all came through and offered tons of suggestions! Thanks 🙂

I did a little more research of my own and decided on a homemeade recipe I was going to try. It’s extremely simple and it works marvelously.

However, I should mention, that you can use straight dish soap and water — like when you’re  filling up the sink to wash dishes. That will work perfectly fine… especially for granite like mine. However, if you have black or white granite, soap and water could leave streaks.

So, if you don’t want streaks, here’s another homemade option…

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Recipe for Homemade Granite Cleaner

  • 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol (this is what eliminates the streaks)
  • 3 -4 drops dish soap
  • water — enough to fill the 16 oz bottle
  • 2 or 3 drops essential oil (optional — and I don’t use them)

Mix all the ingredients in a 16 oz plastic spray bottle (found at most dollar stores), give it a shake, and you’re ready to clean.

It’s a quick, simple, and frugal way to clean any granite surface!

Obviously, I’m not the first person to discover this recipe… you can find similar receipes and other granite cleaning tips over at i Dream of Clean and One Good Thing.

Also, if you don’t feel like making your own cleaner, here are a few store bought cleaners specifically for granite.

Do you have any other tips for cleaning or caring for granite counters?


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  1. Mary


    I loved the look of black granite as well…enough that i was willing for some extra maintenance…after some research i did decide to get a “honed” finish….to my surprise it far surpassed my expectations in trying to keep it clean…I’d say maintenance is as minimal as any other easy-to-clean surface!!


    Andrea Reply:

    thanks for sharing Mary! Enjoy the new counters!


  2. Rosanna Vega


    My mother’s new kitchen countertops are granite and after some time of wondering what to use for cleaning, she bought some full of chemicals detergent from the store. I told her not to fill her home with unknown chemicals, but she just never listens to me. It’s a great recipe, that you share, natural and easy to mix. I’m showing it to her right this weekend and I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. Thank you for the good idea!


  3. Randy Clerk


    I have the same countertops in my kitchen and I love them too! I think that this color is the best solution especially for a kitchen. I clean them only with dish soap but I like your suggestion and will try it for sure! Thank you a lot for this post!


  4. Heather


    Thanks for the vinegar warning! I have been doing that daily…but for the price of ruining the countertops, I think I need an alternative! I’m going to try out your homemade granite cleaner instead. I was wondering if this also disinfected? I want to make sure I clean germs, raw foods, etc. and I often use a bleach spray for that too (that’s probably actually not good to do, isn’t it!?)


    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Heather! I’m honestly not 100% sure if using bleach is bad for your counters/food prep areas. I can’t imagine it would be great to ingest bleach (and I know it’s not great to breath it in) but I also know there are food-safe bleach sprays on the market. Clorox makes one specifically for kitchens — you might look into that??

    But again, I’m not the expert on this area 🙂


  5. Sharon Potter


    Thank you for sharing your way of cleaning the granite counter tops! I have granite counter tops in my kitchen. I love them and clean them every day, so thanks a lot for this alternative!


  6. Lizzy Johnson


    This spring I will renovate my kitchen and I will put granite counter tops. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. You definitely helped me a lot to choose the right granite!


    Andrea Reply:

    Glad to help Lizzy — and good luck with your kitchen renovation!


  7. Beth Howard


    Hi Andrea,

    I just love your website! I have granite similar to your’s in my kitchen and I’m constantly dealing with hard water around the faucet. I try to wipe it down when I use it, but nobody else in the family does it. Have you experienced this with your’s and do you have any tips?

    Thanks so much!
    Beth 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Beth!

    I’m wondering if it’s just your water — because I’ve never had that issue with my counters (and we always have water splattered around the sink area!) I just posted this a reader question on my facebook page so hopefully some others will have a few ideas. You can follow along with the responses here.


  8. jolene


    Hi Andrea,

    I like your granite cleaner! Do you have a recipe for cleaning sealed hardwood floors. My baby will be crawling soon and I am on a mission to keep them disinfected but still shiny and of course all natural.

    Thanks so much!


    Andrea Reply:

    For hardwood floors I just use a little vinegar and water. I’ve never used anything else and have been quite happen — plus, it’s all natural for the baby 🙂


  9. Rebecca Rynsoever


    Thank you so much! I LOVE this recipe and it works so well. I have black quartz countertop and as much as I love the look, it was a pain to keep looking nice. The best part about this recipe is that you can spot-clean the countertop and it doesn’t show. With the old wet-rag method we’d have to wipe the whole counter top at once and then dry it in order to avoid streaks. This recipe also leaves the counter top much shinier!


  10. Marie Bastain


    Thank you so much for this information! I have been looking for granite countertops cleaner in Vancouver, and this has been really helpful! I haven’t found any other recipes! Thank you!


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  12. Holly James


    Thanks for these tips! I just moved and my new house has granite countertops in Vancouver. I’ve never had granite and I love the way it looks but I wasn’t sure if there were any chemicals that could hurt it or take the sealant off. I will definitely whip this cleaner out and give it a try. Thanks again!


  13. Sandy


    I fully agree with you. I did that mistake Nobody should buy the black or ubatuba granite. You need 100 time more efforts to keep them clean. It is my experience and I am suffering a lot because of this. I wish I can change my counter top to some other colour


  14. Michelle


    I love my BLACK terrazo (similar to granite) bench tops and have had them for 25 years. We just had them repolished about 4 years ago and I have no problems with them. As I am travelling in an RV at present, I am unable to trial your suggested cleaner, but I tend to jsut use a damp cloth most of the time with nothing on it at all. being polished it rarely has anthing stuck on it nor does it stain.


  15. kris


    I made this yesterday after reading your post and it works really well !!


  16. Santhi


    Exactly what i needed! ;D we have black granite ;p not sure if daily wiping is considered extra maintenance… and we have heavy (indian) cooking. But love this recipe…. Thank you! Enjoy the lovely kitchen- where happy memories and beautiful aromas are created.


  17. Mary Ann


    Thanks so much! We purchased a home this summer with a newly remodeled kitchen that sports spiffy granite counter tops that are almost exactly like yours! I’ve almost finished the granite cleaning spray that a friend gave me as part of a housewarming gift and have been looking for a homemade option that works well as I’ve read not to use vinegar either!

    A funny thing— chocolate chips tend to blend in with these counter tops, if you drop them! LOL!!!


  18. Denise Z


    How much water did you add to the mix?


    Andrea Reply:

    Just enough water to filling the 16 oz bottle after adding the alcohol and dish soap.


  19. Bama Girl


    Thank you Andrea! We installed granite square tiles in our kitchen and I’ve been using the vinegar and water spray! I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to! I’ll have to get in there right now and mix this new recipe! You may have saved our counter tops! Blessings from Bama!