Today we’re looking at how to clean grout, but first I want to tell you how not to clean it. Maybe you’ve seen the suggestion on Pinterest to squirt toilet bowl cleaner on your grout lines, wait a few minutes, and wipe it away?
That, friends, is now not to clean your grout because you’ll quickly find that the toilet bowl cleaner doesn’t come up easily. In fact, it will leave a film on your floor that lasts through several moppings. Meanwhile, you and your family — and pets, if you have them — will walk all over that bleach-based mess and track it through the rest of your house.
It’s pretty alarming to think of your kids having that all over their feet or your dog or cats getting it on their paws and licking them. So skip it and read on about how to clean your grout using all-natural and non-toxic methods.
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
As with most natural cleaning methods, these methods swap harsh chemicals for elbow grease. So plan to spend time, but very little money, to get your grout looking great again.
For Wall Tiles And Backsplashes
Baking soda is a natural, gently abrasive powder that helps lift away soap scum and stains on grout. The dish detergent, meanwhile, cuts through dirt and other stains. Hydrogen peroxide works in combination with both to loosen the bond between grime and grout while also killing mold and mildew spores.
You will need:
- Toothbrush, scrub brush or extension scrubber
- Small bowl
- Baking soda
- Dawn Original liquid dish detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Plenty of microfiber cloths.
- Spray the shower walls with warm water and wipe with a microfiber cloth> to loosen surface grime.
- Pour some baking soda into a small bowl. There isn’t a particular measurement to use — just enough to get the job done. For my shower, I use 1/2 cup. Add 4-5 drops of Dawn to the baking soda and stir well, then slowly add just enough hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste.
- Using the toothbrush, scrub the baking soda paste into the grout lines. This is where the extension scrubber can come in handy.
- Spray the section with warm water and wipe it clean before moving on to the next one.
The mixture below uses Oxyclean, a product made by combining sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. While you could certainly use the recipe above on your floors, you’d need quite a bit of hydrogen peroxide to get the job done. The formula below is more of liquid, so it spreads easier and wipes up quickly. But, hey, you make the call.
You will need:
- Scrub brush, tooth brush or no-kneel extension scrubber
- Warm water
- Oxygenated bleach (like OxyClean)
- Plenty of cleaning rags or microfiber cloths
- Mix 1 part Oxyclean and 4 parts warm water in a bucket. (I use 1 cup OxyClean and 4 cups water for my 20×26′ kitchen floor.) Do NOT put it in a spray bottle or it’ll explode!
- Using a mop, spread the oxygenated bleach water on the floor paying particular attention to the grout lines.
- Let sit 15 minutes.
- Scrub with the no-kneel extension scrubber then wipe with clean, damp microfiber cloths. Repeat if needed.
- Mop your floor thoroughly with clean water once you’re finished.
Once your grout is clean, you’ll want to keep it nice. Be sure to read these 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.