I can’t tell you how many granite cleaners I have gone through each being a waste of money and disappointment. Many of the store bought granite cleaners often leave a film and having black granite it becomes a daily struggle.
This recipe is fantastic, smells amazing and the alcohol and essential oils allow for a way to clean and sanitize your granite counter tops with no film left behind.
I use microfiber clothes as they make all my household cleaning so much easier. I purchase them in large quantities and designate a color per household cleaner. Even though I wash them regularly (never use fabric softener and wash them separately) I still feel it is safer to put each cloth in a storage bag and next to a specific cleaner.
Granite Cleaner (16 oz spray bottle)
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 4 drops of either Dawn Dish Soap or Castile Soap (my fav)
- enough distilled water to fill the rest of the bottle
- 10 drops of either lemon or orange essential oil
Add all ingredients into the spray bottle. Shake before each use. Test a section of your counter top first.
Last year was a time for trials and tribulations. A loved one within my family household was diagnosed with cancer and went through stem cell transplant. I was given a large packet with specific instructions on disinfecting the home, preparing food, washing clothes, exposure to crowds etc.
I learned quickly that the traditional sprays we purchase in the grocery store were jam packed with harsh chemicals and although the hospitals instructions were to use it, it also advised that the patient not be in the room when in use. Well that’s a bit alarming, yes? I also began to see how expensive it was to have numerous products on hand.
This began my path into DIY and essential oils. I have since replaced all my cleaning products and will never again purchase harsh chemicals.
Disinfectant Spray is a staple in my home. I use this disinfectant spray throughout the entire household from doorknobs, faucets, counter tops, pet area, bathrooms etc.
Here is a link to the US Department of Health and Services. This is very helpful when researching the toxicity levels in products. https://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm
Disinfectant Spray (16 oz spray bottle)
- 5 oz distilled water
- 5 oz rubbing alcohol
- 40 drops of lemon oil (if you are not using Alcohol, 15 drops if using alcohol)
- 20 drops of tea tree oil (if you are not using alcohol, 15 drops if using alcohol)
If you prefer to eliminate alcohol, replace with white vinegar. Lemon Oil is a powerful anti-microbial agent along with Tea Tree Oil which also is anti-microbial along with antiseptic properties and combined makes for a fantastic way to disinfect.
Feel free to use Lavender Oil, Orange Oil, Rosemary Oil or Peppermint Oil which all have antiseptic qualities.
Combine all ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle. Shake before each use.
I LOVE the smell of peppermint and find excuses to add it to most of my recipes.
Some peppermint oil uses include:
- Help with stomach aches
- Eases digestive issues
- Freshens bad breath
- Relieves headaches (excellent recipe for headache relief coming soon)
- Antimicrobial properties (which is why I use it in my cleaners)
- Improves mental focus (I certainly need all the help I can get 😉
- Clears respiratory tract
- Boosts energy (truly does)
- Helps to relax tight muscles (I love it for my Fibromyalgia)
- Cost-effective and naturalCAUTION: Peppermint Oil should not be used with children. Please research the interactions with this oil and consult your doctor before use.
Mix all ingredients together in a 24 oz spray bottle and shake before each use. I purchase these bottles from Amazon.
This recipe is good for general cleaning but be sure to test the area in a small spot first.