Homemade Cleaners to Remove Film on Granite Countertops

Cleaning granite countertops can be a task, as many cleaning products leave behind a film that leaves counters looking less than clean. Instead of using pricey retail products, consider using inexpensive ingredients that are most likely already in your home and will leave granite countertops looking clean and glamorous.

Liquid Dish Detergent

Liquid dish detergent works wonderfully when cleaning granite countertops, as it can clean the surface and leave a streak-free shine behind. Film is easily eliminated by mixing a solution of one cup distilled water and 10 drops of pH-balanced liquid dish detergent in a spray bottle. Add one spoonful of baking soda to this solution to deodorize and restore the shine of the granite. Spray the granite surface and wipe with a soft cloth to remove film and other residue that has built up. Distilled water is important as it is chlorine-free and has no minerals to deposit on your counters, unlike most city water. Use this detergent solution as a daily cleaning product, as it will not harm granite and will leave countertops looking fabulous.


In a spray bottle, mix a solution of one cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, one cup distilled water and one teaspoon baking soda. Spray the solution onto the granite countertop and wipe it away with a clean, soft cloth. The alcohol solution will work to clean and disinfect and will remove any film or other residue that has developed, while the baking soda will deodorize and restore shine. This solution can be used as often as you like as a regular cleaning product.

Stain Remover

A baking soda paste will work well to remove stubborn stains or thick film that will not remove easily. Pour a few teaspoons of baking soda into a bowl and stir in a few drops of distilled water until a paste forms. Spread this paste evenly over the stain or film and let it sit until dry (typically, a few hours). Wipe away with a damp cloth to remove to remove the residue. For oil-based film, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the paste.