Counter-top Disinfectant

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2 Tbsp. ammonia
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup vinegar

Put ammonia, alcohol and vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. This works especially good for counter-tops but may also be used to clean showers, toilets and sinks. Great for most cleaning needs.

Important tip: NEVER mix ammonia and bleach.

From Dining on a Dime

photo by: nancyhugo


  1. aurea says

    Hello, I would like to know if I can clean my granit and marble tops with the home made cleaning amonia and alchool.
    thanks for your help

    • says

      I don’t have granite or marble so someone out there may have a better idea but from what I have studied on it you can’t use vinegar at all. It will over time will mess up your counter. If you dump ammonia on your counter it won’t hurt but using it over time will eat away at it too and dull it.

      The best thing to use is soapy water but for an nice shine use 50/50 alcohol and water then buff with a soft cloth. Although I have found most things if you even use just water or soapy water, if you dry with a soft cloth afterwards it usually shines it nicely. I find it is the drying and buffing which makes things shine and not the cleaning product because it polishes away the film that is left with most cleaning products and even things which are rinsed with just water.
      Look at how many products say “dry with soft cloth” that is the secret not the cleaner.


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