As an allergy-sufferer I love tiled floors, but as a busy housewife? Not so much. Oh, sure, it’s easy enough to surface clean tile floors: sweep or vacuum, then mop. But the grout? Oh, how I hate cleaning the grout.
Or, rather, I used to hate cleaning it until I figured out how to clean grout on tile floors, shower walls, even the kitchen back-splash.
How To Clean Grout
The All-Natural Method
As with most all-natural cleaning methods, this one swaps harsh chemicals for elbow grease. So plan to spend time, but very little money, to get your grout looking great again.
You will need:
- Toothbrush, scrub brush or extension scrubber
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle with warm water
- Small bowl of warm water
- Plenty of microfiber cloths.
- Spray the shower walls with warm water and wipe with a microfiber cloth to loosen surface grime.
- Add the baking soda to the small bowl of warm water to make a thick paste.
- Scrub the baking soda paste into the grout lines. This is where the elbow grease helps… or the extension scrubber.
- Spray the section with warm water and wipe it clean before moving on to the next one.
The Non-Toxic Method
You will need:
- Scrub brush, tooth brush or extension scrubber
- Warm water
- Oxygenated bleach (like OxyClean)
- Plenty of cleaning rags or microfiber cloths
- Mix a strong solution of oxygenated bleach and warm water. Do NOT put it in a spray bottle or it’ll explode!
- Spread the oxygenated bleach water on the grout lines.
- Let sit 15 minutes.
- Scrub with the brush then wipe with microfiber cloths.
- Be sure to mop your floor thoroughly once you’re finished.
Once your grout is clean, you’ll want to keep it nice. Be sure to read my tips on how to prevent shower mold and mildew and use this homemade daily shower spray to keep your grout, as well as your shower curtain or doors, clean.
Equipment I Use: