Choosing the safest cleaning solution for your countertop is overwhelming because so many choices are available. If you are not certain whether a cleaning product is safe for your countertop’s material, you can always contact the manufacturer to ask. Any time you use a cleaning product that is new to you, read the ingredient list. If you see any ingredients listed which you are allergic to or have had a reaction to in the past, avoid using that product.
Commercial cleaners are mass manufactured and sold in stores. They are manufactured as safe for recommended surfaces, but some people are sensitive to certain chemicals in the cleaning products. Commercial cleaners are available in a wide variety of formats. You can purchase liquids, scrubbing formulas, foams and powders. Many commercial cleaners are making the move to more recognizable ingredients than chemicals.
Making your own countertop cleaners gives you the advantage of knowing exactly what is in your cleaning product. You can make similar formulas to the same commercial cleaners you can purchase in stores. Many homemade cleaning recipes use the same ingredients in different ways, which means you can purchase a few staple ingredients and create many different recipes depending on what type of mess or stain you need to clean. Examples of safe homemade cleaner ingredients include white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. These ingredients are non-caustic on most surfaces, but serve as disinfectants.
Before using any commercial cleaners on your countertops, read the instructions carefully to determine whether that product is recommended for your countertop material. The same is true for homemade cleaning solutions, but you may need to do some additional research if your countertop is made of a more exotic material. Some countertop materials have special needs you should consider when chosing a cleanser.
If your countertop is made of stone, such as granite or marble, avoid using acid-based cleansers as they can damage the stone surface. If you make homemade cleaners, avoid vinegar and lemon juice.
In the case of tile countertops, avoid abrasive cleansers. If you choose homemade cleansers, avoid baking soda or other hard-scrubbing recipes. If you choose commercial cleansers, avoid using powder or liquid scrub formulas on your tile countertops.