Home Remedies To Clean Kitchen Counter tops

1. Wood Counter Tops

Tools:

  • Warm Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Nonabrasive cleaner (optional)
  • Spatula or metal pastry scraper
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Lemon
  • Salt

Cleaning:

  • To keep your wood counter tops looking great, clean daily with a nonabrasive cleaner or a homemade mix of warm water with a splash of distilled white vinegar.
  • Gently scrape off any food residue with a spatula or a metal pastry scraper.
  • Be sure to wipe the counters after cleaning so they are completely dry.

Stain Removal:

  • To remove stains, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt directly onto the stain.
  • Use a lemon half to rub in the salt.
  • Clean off the salt and lemon juice with water and vinegar.

Sealing:

Butcher-block and solid-wood counter tops should be sealed for protection, since they are susceptible to warping and cracking. There are a variety of options, but going the less toxic route, using a food-grade oil or wax. As scratches and dings occur, just sand down the wood and reapply the protectant.

2. Marble and Granite Counter tops

Tools:

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tape

Cleaning:

  • Use a mix of warm water and mild dish soap for everyday cleaning, following up with a microfiber towel to shine up the stone.
  • Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners, which can strip the sealer and etch the stone.

Stain Removal:

  • For stains on granite or marble counter tops, clean with a paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains) or hydrogen peroxide (for water-based stains).
  • Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges.
  • Let sit for a few days (or overnight at the very least), and then rinse off the paste.
  • Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone.
  • Be sure to do a spot test first to make sure the method won’t affect the color or finish of the stone.

Sealing:

  • These surfaces are popular for their tough-as-rocks durability, but they do need to be resealed regularly to protect them from stains.
  • Reseal granite once a year and marble every few months.
3. All-Purpose White Vinegar Kitchen Cleaner

Tools:

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Cleaning:

  • Pour water and vinegar into a spray bottle, close and shake.
  • You can also use a mixture containing white vinegar to clean mirrors, chrome and ceramic tiles.
  • If you need a stronger glass cleaner, use a non-sudsing ammonia in place of the vinegar.

 

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