Tile floors and walls are beautiful additions to your home. Recently, warm dark tile is a fashionable addition to your kitchen. It can be practical and gorgeous flooring in bathrooms and mudrooms. Best of all, you can clean your grout naturally. We’ll show you how.
Common Problems with Grout
You just finished deep cleaning your kitchen. But the tile counters and wall lining doesn’t look like you cleaned at all.
The culprit is your grout. If you have a white or light-neutral colored grout, it easily picks up and holds soap scum and stains.
Dirty grout is also a potential health hazard, particularly in your shower. Grout can hold mold spores and other bacteria.
Many conventional grout cleaners bleach the stain, so your grout looks clean. But they don’t kill the mold and bacteria that caused the stains in the first place.
If you’re concerned about mold in your shower, take a look at this article on how to spot moldy grout, and to clean and restore it.
Fortunately, cleaning your grout naturally is effective, easy, and even affordable.
Easy Ways to Clean Your Grout, Naturally
Daily Maintenance Spray
You only really need a daily spray for high-use areas of tile and grout. Places like your shower or bathtub are good candidates for this type of cleaning.
All you need is white vinegar or lemon juice, water, a spray bottle, and a soft sponge or squeegee.
The vinegar or lemon juice helps get rid of grout contaminants, cleaning your grout naturally. The acid in these liquids breaks up the grime so that it’s easier to wash away.
Use a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle of water. Or, mix vinegar in a 1:1 solution with water.
Spray down the grout once a day, leave it for five minutes and then use your squeegee or sponge to wipe the cleaning solution away.
As a bonus, your vinegar or lemon solution can be an awesome window cleaner as well. Take a look at our window cleaning article to learn more, and get a better recipe for cleaning your car’s windshield too!
Plus, the acid will help eliminate the bacteria and fungi, cleaning your grout naturally and more effectively than traditional cleaners.
If you have natural limestone or other stone tiles, use a weak baking soda solution or plain water instead.
Some stones can be damaged by acids. You can also test a small section of grout and tile for a week or two to make sure it isn’t damaged by the cleaner.
Baking Soda Paste
It might seem impossible to clean stained grout naturally, but you can return your grout to pristine condition without harsh chemicals and bleach.
All you need is baking soda and water.
Make a thick paste out of the baking soda and apply it directly to the stained area of the grout. Don’t try to treat all your grout this way, just focus on the most stained areas.
Leave it for 10 minutes to an hour and then use water, or a weak vinegar solution, to wipe off the paste. For more stubborn stains you can use a grout brush or old toothbrush to lightly scrub and lift the stain.
If the baking soda doesn’t lift the stain, or you’re looking for a brighter, whiter, result, try peroxide.
Before you use peroxide on your grout, rinse it thoroughly with plain water. Take extra time in this step if you clean with vinegar. Vinegar and peroxide can combine and wear down your grout.
Make the same baking soda paste from the previous step, but with peroxide instead of water. Use the same cleaning process. Make sure you rinse the area with water after you’re done.
Or, check out this alternate recipe for all-natural grout cleaner from The Wellness Mama. Their recipes also clean your grout naturally, with simple, cheap, ingredients.
Of course, the easiest way to clean your grout is to have someone else take care of it! At Three Little Birds Cleaning, we know how important it is to use natural cleaning products and techniques.
You won’t believe how good your grout can look!
Contact us, today!