Inside: Cleaning grout is easy when you have the right supplies. Forget harsh chemicals. You can clean grout naturally by using household products you already have.
One of the best days in my life as a young mother was when my children’s father was shot in the leg during a robbery. The second best day was when we got the settlement money and I was able to replace the dog poop stained carpet with Mexican Tile.
The tile was beautiful. Although the carpet was gone, and the dog still got our floor confused with the lawn, it became easier to clean the floor. At the time, we opted for a light-colored grout that complemented the terracotta tile, but it sucked dirt, debris, and dog pee like a magnet.
I tried everything to clean the grout, and one day I gave up and did something I would never advise anyone to do. I found interior paint that matched the color of the grout and painted it.
It doesn’t matter how clean your home is, if the grout that surrounds your tile floor is discolored and dingy looking, it’s going to make your house look filthy.
It may take a little elbow grease and the use of a gardening pad to keep your knees from hurting, but in no time you’ll have your grout looking spotless. Your family will think you had the floors replaced while they were out for the day.
Do you know how dentists like to do a full mouth cleaning before they decide to work on your back molars? Well, the same thing is true for cleaning your grout. Sure, you’re not going to need a water sucky do-hickey, a spit cup, or fluoride that tastes like a gazillion sour gummy worms exploded in your mouth; but you’re going to have to clean your tile first.
Before you clean your grout, you’re going to have to mop your floor first. If you’re not sure how to mop your floor, after reading this, you’ll want to head on over and read, The Most Effective Way How To Mop A Floor.
Here’s the reason why you need to clean your tile first. Like the dentist, you need a clean foundation before you can truly see what’s going on inside the mouth, or in this case, your grout.
The same tactics apply if you’re cleaning the grout in your shower or bathtub area, as it does for your tile floor.
Supplies needed to clean grout naturally
You’ll want to double or triple the recipe down below to accommodate how much grout you’ll have to clean.
- Liquid dish soap – 1 tsp
- Baking soda – ½ cup
- Hydrogen peroxide – ¼ cup
- Scrub brush
- Microfiber towel
- Battery operated scrub brush – optional
This is how to clean grout naturally
Don’t forget, you’re going to want to mop your floor first.
Mix the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap in a small bowl.
Using a toothbrush, small brush, spoon, or your fingers, add the baking soda mixture to the grout lines. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Using your scrub brush, scrub the mixture into the grout. You’ll want to add a lot of pressure while scrubbing. This will help release the dirt. If you don’t have a lot of upper body strength, or you’re just into power tools, this step will go faster if you utilize a battery-operated scrubbing tool.
Wipe off the remainder of the product, then rinse with warm water and a microfiber cloth.
In the event there’s baking soda residue on the tiles, take a wet mop and mop the area or the floor with fresh clean water.
Peachy Tip: Never use vinegar on the tile. The acidic content of the vinegar can ruin your grout. To avoid your grout splitting and breaking apart, avoid using anything that contains vinegar on the grout.
How often should you clean grout?
There’s not any set time for you to clean your grout, but it’s best to clean it whenever it becomes dirty or discolored.
The best time to clean grout in the shower would be once you see mold and mildew starting to form in the grout.
Now that you know how to clean grout naturally, feel free to throw away your harsh chemicals, By using natural products you can get the job done quicker, and more efficiently, have it be less stressful on your wallet, and most importantly, keep a safer home for you and your loved ones.
As for my children’s father. He’s still kicking around living his own life far, far away from me.
Before learning how to clean grout naturally, what did you previously use to clean it?
Did you use Tilex or other strong and toxic chemicals? Share with a comment.