Wondering whether you can clean granite countertops naturally? Unsure whether lemon juice or bicarbonate soda is good enough to clean dirty surfaces? It turns out that you can, and both of these natural ingredients can clean granite countertops.
I had a piece of granite that I transformed into a small outdoor table. It was the perfect surface for me to work with because it accumulated a ton of dirt from being outdoors. More importantly, the results were awesome!
Both fresh lemon juice and bicarbonate soda effectively cleaned dirt, dust, grime, and soil from my granite.
In this guide, you will learn how to clean granite countertops naturally.
For this tutorial, you will need the following:
- Lemons or Bicarbonate soda
- Spray bottle
- Soft bristle brush
- Paper towels or a cloth
Required time: 5–10 minutes
You can choose between lemons or bicarbonate soda. There’s no need to use both because they both work exceptionally well on their own.
Before beginning, I recommend you gather the supplies. I like to work in an organized fashion to save time and be thorough.
Check out this video I made for this tutorial on cleaning granite countertops naturally.
Instructions For Cleaning With Lemons
Step 1: Apply The Lemon Juice
Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto the surface. I only needed one lemon for this tutorial, but larger surfaces may require 2 or 3 lemons. Alternatively, you could spray water onto the granite countertop first and then add the lemon juice.
Step 2: Use The Slices Of Lemon To Clean The Surface
To displace and remove stubborn stains and debris, use the pieces of lemon to scrub the surface. It’s soft enough to avoid causing any scratches or etching on the granite.
Step 3: Wipe The Surface
You don’t have to wait until the lemon juice dries. I only waited for 30 seconds before cleaning it off. Using paper towels or a cloth, wipe the granite countertop clean. Remove as much of the dirty lemon juice as you can. You can repeat this step until the countertop is completely clean and smooth.
Step 4: Spray Water On The Surface And Wipe
Don’t leave residual lemon juice on the countertop because it can cause bleaching or discoloration. It may also make the surface feel sticky. Spray water onto the countertop and use paper towels to wipe it clean.
Repeat this step as many times as you need to thoroughly clean the surface.
It should be free of any stickiness; that’s how you know that all the lemon juice has been removed.
Instructions For Cleaning With Bicarbonate Soda
Step 1: Apply The Bicarbonate Soda
I sprinkled half a sachet of bicarbonate soda onto the granite countertop, but you should use as much as is needed to cover the entire surface.
Alternatively, you could make a paste using bicarbonate soda and water before applying it to the surface.
Allow the bicarbonate soda to sit for a minute. Then, spray some water onto the surface of the countertop.
Step 2: Brush The Surface
Using a soft bristle brush, scrub the bicarbonate soda over the surface. Pay more attention to the areas that are dirtiest. As I brushed, the paste turned dirtier and browner as it broke down the stubborn stains and dirt.
Step 3: Spray Water On The Surface
By spraying the surface again, we can break down and weaken the paste, making it easier to remove.
As I sprayed, I could see that underneath the paste, the surface had been cleaned. This was how I knew it was time to wipe the countertop.
Step 4: Wipe Clean
Use paper towels or a cloth to wipe off the bicarbonate soda and dirt from the granite countertop.
Make sure to clean the entire area.
Spray water again, and repeat this step as many times as you need until the surface is completely clean.
I was genuinely surprised by how well lemons and bicarbonate soda worked on this dirty countertop.
These pictures don’t even do it justice. It was shiny, smooth, and pristine by the time I was done.
I’m not even kidding, it looked brand new! This proved to me that we really don’t need to use harsh and toxic detergents to clean surfaces from day-to-day dirt, spills, and splashes.
Simple natural remedies can be as effective as anything else.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to clean granite countertops naturally.
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