It’s gonna be a bit of a slower week here at casa marcelli. Why? ‘Cause we are currently up to our elbows in sugar, gingerbread, chocolate, and cookies! And let’s face it – a sugar-induced stupor isn’t entirely conducive to good writing or picture taking.
And, while we’ll be a little quiet around here, I’m sure no one will notice, as you’re all too busy party, party, partying! So, we’ll see you again on the other side.
In the meantime, let’s talk about cleaning supplies. Thrilling, right? (Actually, I am pretty excited about it….)
When we bought our granite (read about it here), we knew that we wanted to do a really good job taking care of it and keep it in really good condition.
One of those things involved getting the proper cleaner for the granite. The problem with granite is that many common cleaning solutions can damage it, or cause it to break down because of the acid. Clearly not something that we want to happen to our beautiful kitchen!
So, when we got the granite, we went ahead and bought granite cleaner. It works for stainless steel as well, so we’ve used it a great deal and have been pretty happy with it. It dries without streaking and is safe for both our appliances and countertops.
The only problem is, we knew we were paying for a bottle that contained mostly water. So, when we ran out of cleaner recently, we decided it was time to figure out how to make our own granite cleaner. After a bit of googling and blog reading, we found our ingredients.
Water, essential oil, dish soap, rubbing alcohol
The ratio that we found was 2 cups water, 1/4 rubbing alcohol, 3-6 drops of dish soap and 5-10 drops of essential oil. The essential oils mainly just mask the scent of the rubbing alcohol. We ended up adding about 15-20 drops of essential oil because the scent of the alcohol was very strong. Or, perhaps the essential oil we bought wasn’t as strong as others.
We are very excited about our new cleaning solution. In the end, the supplies we bought cost about the same as buying a new bottle of cleaner, but we’ll be able to make 3-4 bottles of cleaner with them. So, we’re doing well! And, not paying for a bottle of water.
Eventually I’d like to put this in a prettier bottle. With a stenciled label. But, that’s likely just because of all the other bloggers out there who have fancy pants cleaning supplies. So, at least for now, I’m resisting the urge to make my cleaning supplies pretty. I mean…really? It cleans well. It’s safe to use – for us and the environment. It minimizes waste. It saves us money. This is a hardworking multi-tasking cleaner! Does it really need to be pretty too? 🙂 Maybe I’ll draw flowers on the bottle and call it a day.
In the meantime, we are thrilled to have our homemade cleaner. It’s working great and saving us money. Next up, homemade stainless cleaner! With flowers on the bottle.