1. Wood Counter Tops
- Warm Water
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Nonabrasive cleaner (optional)
- Spatula or metal pastry scraper
- Microfiber cloths
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Dish soap
- Microfiber cloths
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Plastic Wrap
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 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.