Keep granite brilliant with this easy homemade cleaner.

Granite is a beautiful natural stone that adds timeless elegance to any space. While granite is incredibly strong and durable, it is susceptible to damage from certain chemicals, especially acid-based cleaning products and foods. A little extra tender loving care may be needed to keep this surface in pristine shape.

Acidic and harsh cleaning products, including products containing ammonia, vinegar, and lemon juice should never be used on granite. The best way to keep granite countertops and floors pristine is with the use of a daily stone-safe cleaner. Alcohol is a granite-safe ingredient that disinfects the surface and evaporates quickly for a streak-free finish. Any spills on a granite surface should be cleaned up immediately to avoid stains, and the granite should be sealed occasionally to protect the porous nature of the stone.

Rather than using expensive store-bought granite cleaner with preservatives and artificial ingredients, it's easy to make a homemade granite cleaner using all-natural ingredients.

To make a natural granite cleaner, combine 1/2 cup of vodka or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle with 1-1/2 cup water and 20 to 30 drops of essential oil. Grapefruit oil is a popular choice for its antimicrobial benefits, and it's not too acidic. Other popular choices include basil, lavender, orange, clove, and cinnamon.

To use the granite cleaner, shake and spray directly onto the granite surface and wipe gently with a clean microfiber cloth. The alcohol in the cleaner will evaporate quickly after cleaning.