A Good Disinfectant for Granite

Updated on February 08, 2011
M.M. asks from White Lake, MI
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Does anyone know of a good Disinfectant cleaner you can use on Granite countertops? I am a germ freak (I have 2 kids) normally I use bleech on everything, however you cannot use bleech or any product that contains bleech on Granite. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions?

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Thanks everyone for your great recommondations I had no idea that Vinegar was a natural disinfectant since I already use it on my wood floors I'm also going to start using it on the counters. Thanks again

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D.F.

answers from Detroit on

Cinch is a spic and span spray cleaner that works well on granite and it's great for mirrors and windows. It comes in a bright orange spray bottle but I can only find it at Hollywood market and sometimes at Meijers.

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M.

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M.,

White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are both disinfectants that can be used alone or together. They are safer for your family than chlorine bleach. You can put straight vinegar in a spray bottle to spray down the counters and it's gentle enough for granite. I'm not sure about hydrogen peroxide on granite. Gross side note: Vinegar, as well as bleach, is approved for use in poultry processing to disinfect carcasses.

Best, M.

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L.W.

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I have Granite in my kitchen as well and I use Vinager and Water with a little Windex. It keeps the shine and disinfects. Vinager is a natural disinfectant. The Clorox wipes do not disinfect. Matter of fact I am licensed to do daycare and we were told that we are not allowed to use the wipes to disenfect anything. When I get a big mess on my counter I may use a mild dish soap and water. But then I will spray it with vinager and get the film off. I also use it on my Wood floors. My husband lays them and said that Vinager with Hot water is the best for them.

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M.S.

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My husband is the lead repair tech for sears and always has awesome solutions to cleaning. he recommends cleaning granite with a solution of water and vinagar. Mix it 50/50 it can be used on floors also.

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M.M.

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You are correct not to use bleach on granite. My sister is also a germ freak and has a LOT of granite in her home. She just uses Sparkle on them along with a granite cleaner she purchases from the granite store. Sparkle is similar to a glass cleaner and looks purple. Meijer carry it for sure! Try calling the granite store and see what products you can purchase from them that have a disinfecting agent included. Good Luck and Happy Cleaning.
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A.D.

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I have never heard that you can't use bleach on granite, Maybe you can't directly put it on the granite, but I believe you can diloute it.

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H.H.

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I too am the same as you with bleach and ran into this problem when it came to granite. I have been using Scrubbing Bubbles for quite some time on my granite and it works wonders and cleans well.

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C.S.

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Clorox wipes do NOT have bleach in them according to the container, can you use those on granite? They smell great and disinfect well.

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L.H.

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Unlike many of these answers, NEVER use vinegar on granite! It is acidic and will erode the stone.

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C.G.

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i used to work for a cleaning company and the only thing we were allowed to use on granite counter top was warm soapy water then a dry rag, my advice is try using some antibacterial dish soap

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L.B.

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I know vinegar is a good disinfectant but I heard that the acidic nature can eat away at the granite/sealer.

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J.F.

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Hi M.,

I use a product called LOC Kitchen Cleaner. It is great on all washable kitchen surfaces, leaves them sanitary and it's bleach free. I buy mine on line through Quixtar. If you're interested in knowing more about this product, feel free to contact me.
J.

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M.L.

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M. M,

I can't be absolutely sure, but I have heard really remarkable and wonderful things about Apple Cider Vinegar. It's being used for sooo many things these days. Disinfecting may be one. I would suggest that you 'google' it and see what others might have to say. I have used white vinegar in my laundry instead of bleach and my mother (God rest her soul) said it is good for cleaning and whitening - she often used Lysol in the brown bottle and it cleaned, but it sometimes left a tinge of brown.

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A.V.

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I know I am late....but just noticed this....if you are interested....just a little bit of vinegar, in the sink with water is good for soaking fruits and veggies and getting the pesticides off :O)

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