There are a lot of different ways to clean your kitchen countertops.
The most basic and simple of course is to just wipe them down with a wet rag or paper towel, and as far as clearing off your countertops goes – it works well.
A step up is your everyday dish soap on a sponge or cloth. Many of us use a standard spray cleaner to help disinfect the kitchen countertop surface if we use it for food preparation, as well as to break down any spills or messes that are harder to clear away.
The bonus of a spray cleaner is the fresh scent – lemon, mint, or even a bleach-clean smell. If you have a particularly fancy countertop or special materials for your kitchen counter, you may need to invest in a kitchen countertop cleaner that is catered to your exact needs, and can sometimes be expensive.
Making your own countertop cleaner is becoming more popular, and not just among those who like to “go green” or limit the use of harsh chemicals in their homes. Of course, DIY countertop cleaner has long been a choice for environmentalists, who worry about chemicals, production costs and pollution, and the harmful effects of gasses and plastics that come with manufactured cleaners.
Others who want to avoid unnecessary chemicals due to allergies, sensitivities, or other concerns have also resorted to DIY kitchen countertop cleaner because the ingredients are safer and less irritating than those found in traditional cleaning sprays.
No, DIY countertop cleaners aren’t just for environmentalists or those with sensitive skin or senses. Making your own countertop cleanser is very easy, and can save your family money. It can be made in large quantities and last longer than your store-bought sprays, while doing the job well. You could make the same amount of countertop cleaner for a fraction of the cost.
Make Your Own Countertop Cleaner
Start with a spray bottle – preferably glass. Mix one part water with one part distilled white vinegar (it has disinfectant properties and breaks down grime and hard water in a flash). If you are cleaning soft stone like marble you will need to use dish soap instead of vinegar, as it can break down porous stone.
If you want an extra boost of disinfectant, conditioner, and clean smell – add 3-5 drops of an essential oil. Lemon, Tea Tree, and Grapefruit are popular choices for homemade kitchen cleaner.
Once you’ve found your own personal “recipe” for DIY kitchen countertop cleaner that you like, you can begin making it in larger quantities and simply refilling your smaller bottles if you want. Just be certain to shake the bottle well before cleaning your beautiful kitchen countertops!
If you still have additional questions about how you can get the most out of your kitchen countertops, please contact us today so that we can answer them.