DIY: Homemade Granite Cleaner Recipe {Picture Tutorial}

Marji here with another homemade cleaner. I have granite counters in my home and I love them, but have struggled with what to clean them with to keep them shiny and not streaky. Luckily pinterest saved me; I found a great recipe here. I have been using it for months and have LOVED it. It is super cheap to make with things you should have lying around.

How to make homemade granite cleaner:

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rub alcohol

1/2 cup rubbing Alcohol


2 cups water {most cleaners contain more water than anything else, why pay money for water?!}


6-8 drops Dawn dish soap {I’ve tried other brands and the Dawn really does work the best}


3-4 drops Scented Oil, to mask the rubbing alcohol smell{I have an assortment of oils that I got from Michael’s when I made some bath salts a few years ago, if you use a coupon you can get them for pretty cheap and they last forever}

Gently shake everything together and you are ready to clean. {I had to cut a vinyl label out for my spray bottle, I LOVE to label things}

granite bottle

It is safe to use on all your appliances and other countertops. I use it to clean my bathroom counters too. To help with the shine on the granite counters use a soft cloth or paper towels. I much prefer the less than 50 cents it cost to make this compared to the $7 I paid for granite cleaner at the store. Do you have any other homemade cleaning recipes you love?


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Types: Cleaning, Adult
Categories: Frugal, Inside The House, Natural


  • I am loving all these posts!! I am anxiously waiting for all of my cleaning items to run out so I can make these!!

  • Try the micro fiber cloth for a car cleaning. It makes counter top shiny with just water.
    You will be surprised.

  • Thanks for the post. Helps a lot. Do you have any suggestion to take off oil marks from the granite counter top.

  • Hi!

    I work for a granite and marble company. We do NOT recommend using alcohol on any natural surface, as it strips off the sealer which is designed to keep your countertops from staining. All natural products are porous and can stain if you spill red wine or coffee on them if their sealer is compromised. We recommend using 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water to clean your granite & marble. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will leave your tops shiny and streak free!

    • Thanks! I read somewhere online that vinegar can cause etching on granite. I did a lot of research before making this and found tons of sites that recommend cleaning granite with rubbing alcohol. I’ll look into it more.

      • I can assure you that vinegar does not etch granite. We have over 35 years of experience and have worked with every cleaner under the sun, we work with the products every day and would never recommend something that could harm a natural product. We use alcohol often to remove silicone and strip granite & marble of their sealers when they need to resealed. Trust me, this is something you do not want to do. One spilled drink on an unsealed surface is much more of a pain to clean up. Also, the scented oils can stain granite and marble as well. Feel free to check out our website at:!

        • I’ll agree with Acacia! The alcohol is not good for the surface. It slowly strips the seal off the granite. Which is a pain and expensive the replace.

        • Hi Acacia,

          There are so many places online that recommend using diluted rubbing alcohol to clean granite, and just as many saying not to use vinegar. Do you know of any reputable source online that explains why vinegar is OK, but alcohol is not?

    • I read on so many blogs that vinegar is acidic and does harm to counter top.

    • Vinegar is acidic. Do NOT follow this advice. You can read about it everywhere online: lemon juice, vinegar, windex, all have acidic properties and will remove the sealant on granite leaving it dull. If your sealant is removed over time, the granite will begin to absorb spills and stain.

  • I also used this on my black stove top. Works GREAT! No streaking! Also found it great on my stainless steel appliances. Again, no streaking! Alcohol works wonders. πŸ™‚

  • I saw your post and went downstairs and mixed myself up a batch. I love it!! Granite cleaner is the ONLY cleaner I don’t make myself or can get with my coupons. I have not found anything (other than “granite”cleaner) that not only cleans but leaves the counters streak free and yes I use a microfibre cloth. This is going to save me tons and lots of time. My kids clean the kitchen after dinner and they cannot use the granite cleaner (to expensive for them to waste) , so I always go down and redo the counter tops. I’ve always made my own windex and floor cleaners. Thanks so much for your post.

  • Do you have a Homemade hard wood floor cleaner and a furniture polish. I really need these two. Thank you for all the great recipes.

  • I buy Ceramabryte for my glass ceramic cooktop. The only ingredient listed (part of a warning if it contacts eyes) is citric acid. Do you have any recipes for a cleaner like this. The packaging also says it works on stainless steel sinks, cultured marble sinks, porcelain sinks, glass shower doors, fiberglass bathing units and glass cookware, pots and pans…..Thanks~~

  • Can you please tell me where do we get coupons for essential oils. They are so expensive

  • I just looked up the ingredients on a number of commercial granite cleaners – they almost ALL contain alcohol (weiman, method). I would say using undiluted alcohol would result in a ph problem for the sealer but diluting with water would adjust the ph. The same is true for vinegar. To be ultra safe you could always check the ph of a commercial product and compare to a DIY recipe. I might do that myself!

    • I just did some further research and I see that rubbing alcohol is actually ph neutral so I guess this is all more complicated than I thought. Still, every company I looked at uses alcohol in their product.

  • Hi,

    I was wondering where you get your vinyl labels from. I need waterproof labels, and can’t afford to spend an arm and a leg. Thanks for your time. Laura πŸ™‚

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    I just like the term fusion technology. It sounds powerful, do not ya think? And no, it has nothing

  • Hi, this is just a comment after reading what has been said..
    I’m a medical doctor, which is not the same as someone who has experience cleaning granite for years, and I’m not a chemist, but I have a necessary understanding of chemistry. Alcohol and vinegar full strength could both harm a “sealer” on stone or granite. Vinegar is acidic, and alcohol is a solvent to many compounds. Both dissolve in water. Very likely, diluting either of these in water limits or negates any harmful effect, but I guess it would depend on how much you dilute.
    Thank you for the great solution for granite cleaner. I made it and my wife and I are using it and have seen no damage.

  • I use this cleaner on my quartz counter top all the time and LOVE it.

  • Melissa VanSlambrouck


    Thanks for the great DIY recipe! I have new granite countertops and have been looking for an inexpensive but thorough method of cleaning them. Quick question, I have heard that citric acid can eat away at the granite – but most dish soaps that I’ve read labels on seem to contain them – does Dawn contain this? Do you know anything about this issue? Maybe because it is only 6-8 drops, it’s not a concern? Thanks!!!

  • how long should a batch last?

    • I use this cleaner regularly on quartz counter tops in my kitchen, mostly the island counter top. I usually need to make another batch once a month or maybe even every other month. It totally depends on how often you use it, the size of the space that you are cleaning, and how dirty the space is. πŸ™‚

  • Is this a cleaner that would be safe to use on travertine?

  • I made the rubbing alcohol water soap mixture and I love it. I own Ph tape, and had to adjust my ingredients until they came out to a neutral 7. Check the MSDS sheets for the soap you add. Ivory is actually 9 ph. And our water is an 8 so it took sine tweaking.

    For the experienced advocate of vinegar, first you never said what type of vinegar, there are several. And I took my remnant and did the vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce, and acetone tests for thirty mins. The vinegar both white and Apple cider effected then very very slightly but not enough to tell at a glance. My granite is black, so maybe that makes a difference.

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