Cleaning laminate countertops
What do you folks use? Ours are admittedly aging, and there are some stains and places that feel tacky to the touch, despite our cleaning with dish detergent/water. Of course, we'd prefer not to use abrasives. White vinegar or rubbing alcohol don't seem to do anything
We have plain gray laminate that does go well with our cabinets and appliances.
I have laminate surfaces installed in 1963 and in constant use ever since. I use baking soda and a damp paper towel with a tiny bit of dish soap; gets up all tackiness and stains, and once thoroughly 'rinsed' (wiped with more damp towels) is smooth and clean. The virtues of baking soda are that it's cheap, already in your kitchen, and very effective, yet less abrasive than many polishes.
On a day to day basis I use water and dishsoap like yourself. Once in a while, I use an all-purpose spray cleaner like Fantastik or similar.
I once removed a red wine stain from laminate using toothpaste and a rag. It got me thinking that it might be feasible to use car polishing compound (which is a very fine abrasive) and an electric car polisher to refurbish old laminate. It's still an abrasive but much finer than kitchen cleaner.