DIY Counter Cleaner With Alcohol and Essential Oil

Print this articleHomemade cleaners don't typically contain harsh chemicals, but those formulated for use on counters must still disinfect the surfaces they are cleaning. Rubbing alcohol is a low-cost alternative to harsher chemicals that still cleans and disinfects surfaces. Alcohol can also lighten or eliminate light stains. The fragrance of DIY counter cleaners is plain at best and unpleasant at worst, but you can use an essential oil in your favorite scent to counteract this problem.

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Combine one-half cup rubbing alcohol with 2 cups water. Pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle.


Pour 1 tablespoon mild liquid dish soap into the spray bottle. Stir with a chopstick or wooden skewer so that the soap combines with the alcohol and water but doesn't become sudsy.


Add one to two drops of your preferred essential oil to the mixture, and stir to combine. For example, mint, eucalyptus, lavender and citrus oils can provide a pleasant, clean scent.


Screw the spray bottle lid onto the bottle. Label the bottle with the contents.


Spray the cleaner onto your counter tops when cleaning. Wipe clean with a cleaning rag or cloth.

Tips & Warnings

Write the cleaner recipe right on the spray bottle so that you can mix up a fresh batch whenever necessary.

Leave the soap out of the recipe, and use it to clean windows and mirrors.

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ReferencesUniversity of Georgia Extension: Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning GreenRead Next:

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