Cleaning grout ranks as one of my least favorite chores ever. Scrubbing in between the cracks of the kitchen floor or backsplashes and then having to do the same thing in the bathroom is not only a drag, it’s hard on the back and the knees! And yet… the idea of walking barefoot on nasty tile or staring at a goopy backsplash is far less appealing.
If you want to get your grout really clean without collapsing from inhaling tons of chemicals, check out a few of these handy tips:
1. Make your own grout cleaner
In a squeeze top bottle, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda then add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and put the lid on the bottle. Shake it up to mix everything. You can then use your squeeze bottle to apply the mixture exactly where you need it. Allow the soap/vinegar/baking soda mixture to set in the dirty grout for about five minutes before rinsing it away Bob Vila recommends.
2. Vaccum grouted floors
Regular cleaning of grouted floors is essential. One step you can take that doesn’t require the use of any chemicals: vacuum tiled/grouted floors once before you mop it once a week. The suction of your vacuum will pull up excess dirt you may not be able to get with your broom.
3. Borax is your friend
Make a tough-on-stains solution with 1/2 cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of washing soda, 2 tablespoons of borax and 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap (you can also use a liquid dish or laundry detergent). Before you apply your mixture, wipe down your surface with white vinegar. Apply your cleaning concoction and scrub, scrub, scrub.
You can use this same mixture inside tubs. After wiping the inside of the tub (and surround walls) with vinegar, add the baking soda mixture and allow it to set for about 15 minutes before scrubbing with a brush and rinsing away all of the debris, according to Wellness Mama.
4. Keep it simple
If you find mold in the grout in your kitchen or your bathroom, banish it with a mixture of 1 part water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Spray the mixture liberally on the mold and let it set for an hour. Wipe the moldy area and rinse.
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This is a fairly extreme solution, but if you move into a place where the grout’s looking like it grew there, a simple solution would be to regrout the entire area. It’s cheaper than re-tiling and your space will look brand new, according to Ask Max.
6. Grab the lemon juice and vinegar
Why not try cleaning your kitchen grout (or bathroom grout for that matter) with stuff you already know is safe enough to eat: baking soda, lemon juice, and white vinegar.
DIY Natural recommends mopping your floor with 1 part water and three parts vinegar to remove surface dirt. In a bowl combine lemon juice and baking soda until you get a thick paste. Spread the lemon juice/baking soda paste all over the grout lines. Grab a toothbrush and start scrubbing.
Once you’ve gotten all of the grout lines, take your mop and water/vinegar solution and run it over the surface again to remove the lemon juice.
7. Vinegar and water
Save your arms a little exercise, by combining equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz the shower walls with the mixture and let it set until it’s completely dry. Rinse away.
Cleaning your grout is a job that’s not fun, but it needs to be done. Dirt and germs can build up in the crevices making your floors and walls a hotbed of nastiness. Try one of these tips to get your home even cleaner!