Cleaners and other substances with vinegar, ammonia, bleach, lemon or other citrus ingredients should not be used due to their low pH balance. That eliminates most all-purpose cleaners and homemade cleaners. There are, however, many cleaning products designed specifically for granite countertops like The Daily Granite made by Method ($5.98).
If you prefer to make your own cleaning solutions, I found one recipe that has a neutral pH balance.
Mix 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol with a few drops of Dawn dish detergent in a quart size spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
To keep your granite in tip top shape, keep the following in mind:
- Clean up spills immediately to avoid absorption
- Use coasters under glasses for acidic drinks like sodas and citrus juices
- Use trivets under hot cookware
- Avoid abrasive cleaners (including “soft scrubs”)
What cleaning methods do you use when caring for your granite?
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