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The Best Marble Cleaner for Countertops

Safe everyday homemade marble cleaner that cuts grease effectively.

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Our marble counters have sparked a lot of curiosity. Do they etch, stain, chip, do we really love them, did we seal them, and how do we clean them?

I’ve answered almost all of your burning questions but saved the simplest for last.

homemade marble cleaner

So many factors go into choosing a marble cleaner – will it eliminate oil, food residue, germs, be safe for the marble and most importantly, safe for your family. You know my motto, sometimes simple is simply the best.

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We used Mrs. Meyers on danby marble at our previous home and didn’t experience any issues, but I wasn’t convinced a commercial cleaning spray was all that great for marble, either.

homemade marble cleaner

There are a number of marble cleaners available. Some leave streaks, some work just fine, but I didn’t find one cleaned any deeper or better than another and to be honest, nothing cleaned better than…

diy marble cleaner

diy marble cleaner – the old fashioned way with soap and water.

Dish soap is gentle, safe, and effective. Given that grease is the only thing that stains sealed danby marble, I love that dish soap cuts through grease.

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A tiny drop on a damp cloth or paper towel does the trick, but I began to bottle my own spray for convenience.

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How to make marble cleaner at home for countertops:

In a spray bottle, add 1 “squirt” of dish soap and slowly fill with warm water.

To use this natural marble cleaner, just spray and wipe. No need to rinse! So easy, right? Not only are our marble counters beautiful a year later, I can feel good about it, too.

Do you do this, too? I can rarely recall when my mom used something other than soap and water to clean our counters.

11 comments on “The Best Marble Cleaner for Countertops”

  1. I use Thieves from Young Living or Daily Granite from Method. Our island is Statuary marble, but the perimeter of the kitchen is plain black granite. The dish soap streaks the granite so I need something to work on both. Dish soap works great on the marble though!  As you say, simple is often best! 

  2. You must have heard me ask my coworker how to clean my marble counters. Thank you for this post!! Will dawn soap work? How about the faucets toilet and tub surrounding the marble?

  3. Hello, I love your gold paper towel stand and have been looking for one for ages. Where did you get it or did you spray paint a black one? Thanks!

  4. We are in the process of building a house, and plan to use the Imperial Vermont Danby marble in our kitchen. The owner of one of the marble warehouses told us that one of the biggest problems with the marble staining is created from the moisture content when the sealer is applied.  As you know the marble cutting involves a lot of water during that process.  He  recommended that we install the marble countertops, and leave them in the house with the air conditioners running for two days allowing them to dry out well. The sealer is then applied. This reduces the moisture content in the marble from the start, resulting in a more durable finish.  Our home will not be completed until December so I can not tell you how well this works yet, but I will post again with an update.  

  5. We have sandstone counters in our kitchen and they stain terribly.  There are a few grease stains that refuse to come out!  I’ve tried everything recommended .. if you have any ideas for a “magic” solution, I certainly would appreciate your input.

    • Sadly I don’t, I have a few of my own that went unnoticed and “fixes” seem to only make them worse, sorry! I’d pretend I was European and embrace them!

  6. Great advice, as per usual. Where is that darling little white tray/catchall from? I’ve been looking for one that exact size! 

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