Can You Use Lysol Wipes To Clean Granite Countertops

Date: April 25, 2021
Author: Jon Smith
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Granite is a hard, scratch and stain resistant, material. As such, if you properly paint, finish and seal granite countertops, they can look good for a long time with some care given to cleaning – both on a regular basis and in order to tackle large spills, or stains which may emerge despite your best efforts.

Many people are aware that stone surfaces, including granite, should not be cleaned using lemon juice, vinegar, and similarly acidic cleaning solutions. However, what may be less known is that common household cleaners which are alkaline – including Lysol wipes – are equally bad for wiping granite countertops.

The Main Ingredients in Lysol Wipes

Lysol wipes are great for cleaning and cutting through grease (as advertised), without a doubt.

Not only do Lysol wipes cut through dirt, grease, oil and organic residues quickly and effortlessly, Lysol is known as a cleaning medium that kills 99.9% of the germs it encounters. This is one of the reasons why Lysol wipes became widely used to wipe off surfaces during the COVID-19 infestations.

Chemicals in Lysol Wipes

The main ingredient of liquid Lysol is Alkyl (50% C14, 40% C12, 10% C16) Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride – which kills germs. Other ingredients include:

  • Alkyl Polyglucoside (acts on dirt and bad odors)
  • Ethanolamine (controls pH levels)
  • Propylene Glycol Butyl Ether (solvent)
  • Ethanolamine (controls pH levels)
  • Ehanol Alcohol (sanitizer and fragrance source) and added fragrance as needed
  • Water as needed

Lysol is Alkaline

The way to evaluate any chemical compound, in terms of whether it is acidic, alkaline or neutral, is examining the pH balance.

This number runs from 0 to 14. A pH level of 7 is balanced and neutral. Below 7 are acidic compounds, while a pH above 7 corresponds to an alkaline compound.

Liquid Lysol has a pH of 10.5, so it veers decidedly to the alkaline side of the spectrum.

Alkalis are bad for granite surfaces, for a number of reasons.

Why are Lysol wipes Bad for Granite?

In general, alkaline cleaners are used extensively, given their ability to clean dirt and oily residues without rubbing. While the latter can be a boon to most situations, most common household cleaners that contain acids or alkalis cause damage to stone countertops.

While acidic cleaners are most harmful to marble and limestone (given that they contain calcite), most commonly used household cleaners that contain alkalis – such as ammonia – are harmful to every kind of stone, including granite.

Lysol wipes contain Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride, along with other acidic and alkaline substances, as outlined above. As such, they should not be used for cleaning granite countertops.

How Lysol Etches Granite Marble And Quartzite

Most common household cleaners found at local stores – including bleach, glass cleaners, degreasers and common household cleaners – contain alkalis, acids and other chemicals that degrade the sealant on granite countertops and leave it vulnerable to etching.

Lysol is no different.

If alkaline solutions are used to clean granite countertops, the sealant will not be able to stop the alkalis from leaching through. With prolonged exposure to non-neutral cleaning solutions, the stone underneath gets impacted.

Granite is pockmarked – with dents and fissures that are a natural feature of the rock. When alkaline solutions get to the stone, they tend to create spots or cloudy areas, often called etching. The alkalis sink deep into the pores, creating stains that rise up to the surface.

Etched granite countertops lose the luster and finish of normal looking granite. They can be cleaned with some effort, but its best to avoid getting to that situation in the first place.

What are the Best Ways to Keep Granite Countertops Clean?

Cleaners for daily use on granite surfaces should be pH neutral. Warm water, with or without soap, may be the gentlest way to go, but it may not always work if spills involve oils, organic matters, vinegar, lemon juice or the like.

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) solution is a cleaner that can work on mild spills. If more is needed, consider one of the following:

  • Granite Gold Daily Cleaner Spray is the top-rated cleaner that is recommended for daily cleaning:
Granite Gold Daily Cleaner Spray and Refill Streak-Free Cleaning for Granite, Marble, Travertine, Quartz, Natural Stone Countertops, and Floors, 24 & 64 Fluid Ounce, 2-Pack
  • For everyday deep cleaning to preserve and protect your natural stone sink, countertop, floor, tile, and other surfaces; it removes grime, dirt, and debris leaving a streak-free finish and a light citrus scent
  • Specially formulated for granite, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, quartzite, all other natural-stone, and quartz, unlike everyday household cleaners that can damage natural stone and lead to expensive repair or replacement
  • Available in an easy, ready to use spray (and refill) or disposable wipe application; the formula is pH balanced and safe for food-preparation surfaces with no strong or harmful odors, phosphates, or ammonia
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend Granite and Stone Cleaner can be used for more serious spills, or stains that look like they may be more bothersome.
Bar Keepers Friend Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish (25.4 oz) Granite Cleaner for Use on Natural, Manufactured & Polished Stone, Quartz, Silestone, Soapstone, Marble - Countertop Cleaner & Polish (2)
  • ?? Bar Keepers Friend Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish is specially formulated to remove stains, grease, and grime from natural stone and manufactured stone. Gentle enough to use daily on granite, quartz, silestone, and soapstone. BKF granite cleaner is specially formulated to clean stone without etching or marring the surface.  Just spray the cleaner on the countertop or other surface and wipe clean in a circular motion, using a soft, clean cloth or paper towel.
  • ⚪ Need a daily granite cleaner to clean and polish your countertop or other stone surfaces? Bar Keepers Friend Granite & Stone Cleaner & Polish removes food oil, coffee stains, and food debris from countertops without damaging the finish. BKF granite cleaner contains no harmful chemicals, so it's safe for use on most sealed or polished stone, such as marble or quartz vanities, fireplace surrounds, stone entryways and sealed stone lawn ornaments. (Always test cleaner on a small area first).
  • ?? Vinegar, bleach, and cleaners containing citric acid can damage natural stone. BKF's granite cleaner is pH-balanced, so it won't harm the structure of natural polished stone. Use daily to clean and shine your countertop and bathroom vanities - no heavy scrubbing required. Just spray the surface and wipe clean, for a brilliant shine. For best results, use a microfiber towel, a soft clean cloth, or a paper towel to wipe away cleaner.

If you choose one of the above and keep a plentiful supply of paper and soft cloth towels, you should be well set to care for your granite countertops on an ongoing basis.

Daily cleaning and wiping off with a cleaner that is pH balanced – taking care to wipe off with warm water at the last stage. That way, residues will get wiped off the counter and there will be no secondary stains.


Feel free to use Lysol wipes for multiple cleaning needs. However, keep them away from your granite countertops.

Lysol wipes may seem to do the trick in the short term, but as explained above, they will definitely cause etching on the stone surface that will take substantially more effort to fix in the long term.

Invest in a cleaner that is pH neutral, it will solve substantial issues down the line.

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Hi, my name is Jonathan Smith. I have been in the granite business for many years and have worked my way up from an installer helper to an installer and then a countertop business owner. 

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