Whether you have marble, granite, or quartz, I have you covered with the best DIY non-toxic countertop cleaner and disinfectant. This cleaner cuts grease, leaves your kitchen smelling clean and fresh and is super easy to make. Truth be told, I use it as a multi-purpose cleaner as well!
- 70% rubbing alcohol or vodka
- Essential Oils - your choice
- 16 oz Glass spray bottle
- Castile Soap
- Combine in 16oz glass spray bottle:
- 1/2 cup (4oz) Rubbing alcohol (preferably 70%) or Vodka
- 30 +/- Drops of essential oils
- 1 1/2 cups (12oz) Water
- 1/2 tsp Castile soap
Countertop Cleaner for Quartz or Granite
So one of the advantages of making your own products is you get to choose what goes in them. When it comes to this cleaner, play around with it and see what works for you. You can use vodka but I like to use rubbing alcohol because it is so affordable and it makes an excellent emulsifier so the essential oils don’t separate.
When I make this DIY non-toxic countertop cleaner and disinfectant, I like to use the essential oil named, “Nature’s Shield”. It has a very awakening scent that is fresh with a hint of sweetness. My dad came over and asked if I had cooked with ginger and I realized he was smelling the cleaner! Even though I am using natural ingredients I like things to have that “just cleaned” scent and this does the trick without the chemicals. Win!
For a double win, you can use this on any type of countertop material. I have quartz and a friend of mine who also uses this recipe has granite. Due to it being so mild, you are safe to spray away!
What is so SPECIAL about castile Soap?
One of the star ingredients in this cleaner is Castile soap. If you are like me, maybe you’ve wondered why Castile soap is turning into all the rage. As I’ve tried to switch out a lot of my products for cleaner alternatives, Castile soap kept popping up. Although it was new to me, it has actually been around for many years and was first used in the Mediterranean. It got it’s name because the formula was perfected in Castile, Spain. If you’d like to read more about Castile soap and its history, visit my friend Chloe’s page at Boxwood Avenue. It is quite interesting!
For those that like the reader’s digest version, Castile soap is biodegradable, free of any animal products and synthetics. It is actually plant based but don’t let that fool you, it is still very effective and at the same time mild. I have really sensitive skin and I have used this in different ratios for shampoo, body wash, dish soap, and now as a base for my favorite countertop cleaner. If you google “uses for Castile soap” you will get so many ideas which is why a lot of people like to buy it in bulk!
In addition to using Castile soap for my countertop cleaner, I use it daily as my dish soap. I cut it with some water according to the directions on the bottle and it still suds just like regular soap but doesn’t leave my hands dry. The reason is because Castile soap is naturally hydrating. It’s base is always an oil of some sort. Traditionally, it was olive oil but now you may find it made with other oils such as avocado, hemp or other natural oils.
I typically buy the unscented version so I can make it smell however I want with the addition of essential oils. However, if you know you love citrus or lavender, you can buy Castile soap already scented and then just intensify the base however you like. It is like a cleaning cocktail!