Tired of buying expensive, loaded-with-who-knows-what, counter cleaner?
This recipe is so simple, inexpensive and effective, you’ll never go back to those store-bought specialty counter cleaner.
This recipe takes four ingredients and about thirty seconds to whip up. It includes clean (inexpensive!) and safe ingredients and does such a wonderful job cleaning and shining your natural stone counters with no streaks, worries of crazing or risking the finish on your stone. Keep these ingredients handy, limit your household waste, lower chemical exposure, save yourself a trip to the store … need I say more?
Don’t have a spray bottle? Here’s a quick tip: reuse your small, glass, white vinegar bottles. Did you know that spray nozzles are universal? Remove the label off the vinegar bottle, and tighten a clean or new spray nozzle onto the top. A 16 oz bottle works perfectly! Voila! You can pick up just the spray tops from Amazon too
Adding essential oils to this mixture gives you a natural scent boost -with no perfumes or chemical additives! But here’s a secret: it allows the compounds in the essential oils to work. their. magic. The chemical compounds found in pure essential oils work to break down & denature all kinds of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms. By using them to clean, you are naturally hand-cuffing any nasty bugs, and breaking down their ability to replicate or infect. The alcohol in the mixture boosts drying power. Dry surfaces are not conducive surfaces for most bugs and crud. Spray, wipe, and quick-drying – three steps to a clean counter!
This recipe also avoids vinegar and citrus, why? Both are amazing cleaning tools, but can be detrimental to natural stone finishes (with repetitive use). So save up that vinegar and those lemons and all their goodness for surfaces like porcelain, glass and wood.
Counter Cleaner Recipe:
Here’s the simple recipe: Using at least an 8 ounce spray bottle, add 1/2- 1 tsp of Castile soap or regular dish soap. Add 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol (or vodka), and 15 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops lemongrass essential oils. Fill with distilled or tap water (be cautious with tap if you have hard water). Shake and spray!!
Feel free to get creative with scents! Lavender and rosemary is a nice combo, as is spearmint and Douglas fir. Enjoy!!
Want some labels for your cleaners?
Natural Stone Counter Cleaner
- 8 ounce spray bottle
- ½-1 teaspoon castile soap (or regular dish soap)
- ¼ cup isopropyl alcohol (or vodka)
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops lemongrass essential oil
- distilled or filtered water
- Using at least an 8 ounce spray bottle, add 1/2- 1 tsp of Castile soap or regular dish soap. Add 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol (or vodka), and 15 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops lemongrass essential oils. Fill with distilled or tap water (be cautious with tap if you have hard water). Shake and spray!!