I really wanted my first actual “Green” post to be about the big stuff- you know, like how to tackle the most important thing first, your biggest source of carbon emissions. BUT, as scared as I am to do this, I would like to address that via a short informative video and I am just not *quite* there yet with my set up. So, in the meantime, here is the recipe that I use clean the granite counter tops in my kitchen bathrooms and the marble counter tops in my powder room. Since I found myself having to mix up a batch of this today I thought I would snap a quick pic and post about it.
Just look at that high quality photography right there! Anywho, there are many benefits of this spray versus store bought. Firstly, you know exactly what is in it, and there are zero icky chemicals you wouldn’t want around your kid or on your work top. I used to panic inside slightly when I would be spraying Lysol kitchen spray or some other equivalent around while OG was in her learning tower, and I never wanted her to “help”‘ me wipe it up. That should have been a red flag. You might be asking yourself how buying two plastic bottles, castille soap and the alcohol bottle is more environmentally friendly that buying one bottle of Lysol. Well, for a start I can make nearly a gazillion refills for my 16oz spray bottle with these two bottles. This recipe calls for a measly 1 teaspoon of Castille soap and 2 tablespoons of Alcohol. Also, both these bottles are fully recyclable in Wake county, including the lids, unlike the sprayer top on a pre-mixed store bought formula. I measure this up, pour it into my reusable spray bottle, and rock n roll. So in the end it’s WAY less plastic bottles and sprayers going into the landfill, or even into the recycling bin. It also works just as well and is SOOOOOOO much cheaper. There are literally no downsides to this switch.
I can’t take credit for this recipe, though. This is one of many Clean Mama recipes that I use to clean my home. I follow her blog Clean Mama and own three of her books, including my two favorites, The Organically Clean Home and Simply Clean.
Clean Mama’s Granite & Stone Cleaner-
- 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap (if you want your spray to smell like your dish soap, use that)
Measure out water in a large measuring cup (I used boiled water) and add rubbing alcohol and castille soap. (I also add 2 drops of essential oil but this is optional) Pour carefully into a spray bottle. Enjoy!
Link to the original recipe page- Clean Mama’s Granite Spray