6 Household Solutions for Cleaning Countertops

Jillian Knox Finley
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When it comes to keeping your kitchen spotless, all-natural cleaning solutions provide healthy alternatives that are effective, eco-friendly and inexpensive. Many common household cleaners contain a mixture of harmful chemicals, from carcinogens to allergy-causing substances. Keep scrolling to discover our favorite DIY recipes for keeping your food preparation area organic and toxin-free.

Hot Water and Vinegar

As a cleaning agent, vinegar remains the easiest and cheapest trick in the book. Mixing equal parts hot water and distilled or apple cider vinegar makes for a simple antibacterial cleaner for everything from floors to tile, laminate, and linoleum. 

All-Purpose Spray

For an all-purpose cleaner, simply mix 1 cup distilled or apple cider vinegar in 2 cups water and add five drops of essential oil. Put the solution in a spray bottle, shake, and go. Our favorite essential oils are thieves oil or tea tree oil. An antiviral, antibacterial, aromatic blend once used as a protective concoction against the black plague, thieves oil is remarkably potent. The fragrant clove scent is also far more palatable than vinegar alone.

Chopping Station Disinfectant

Dangerous bacteria frequently dwells atop cutting boards and kitchen stations. For an easy, organic cleansing solution, all you need is hot water, lemon, vinegar, and salt to safely disinfect. Wash the board in a solution of equal parts hot water and vinegar. Use half a lemon wedge and a spritz of vinegar solution to rub down the board, removing all smells. Sprinkling with salt and rubbing with lemon will also remove any unwanted stains. Rinse with water, and dry. 

Wood Cleaner and Polish

To give wood countertops or furniture an all-natural polish, mix 2 cups hot water with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. This simple solution makes a safe and easy cleansing scrub for any wood surface. 

Stone Countertop Cleaner

When cleaning marble, granite, or natural stone countertops, a gentle solution composed of 2 cups warm water and a couple drops of mild dishwashing detergent is ideal. Simply mix the detergent with water, sponge over the surface and rinse with water to remove any excess soap. When choosing a detergent, steer clear of citrus scents and vinegar, as the acidity could erode the stone. 

All-Purpose Deodorizer

A simple solution of baking soda and water is the simplest way to leave counters fresh and fragrance-free. To remove any unwanted scents, mix four tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Pour the solution on the surface and wipe down with a sponge.

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