Home Cleaning Tips: How To Clean Grout Without Using Expensive Cleaners

Ways to brighten and clean tile grout on walls and floors using common household products instead of harsh chemicals or expensive cleaners.

Tile walls and floors can transform a bathroom or kitchen into a real show place. Not only does tile come in many styles and colors making it easy to find patterns and shades to match all décor, but it's easy to maintain as well. When it comes to cleaning tile, the biggest challenge isn't the tile itself, but the grout found in-between the tiles. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to brighten grout without the use of harsh chemicals or expensive cleaners. In fact, you can probably locate an assortment of thrifty, yet effective, grout cleaners in your own pantry. If you're ready to take on the challenge of cleaning grout in your home, perhaps one of these tips or remedies can help.

- Cleaning the grout on floors may require the use of elbow grease and a toothbrush or heavy wire brush instead of a sponge or cloth. Many of the same products can be used to clean grout no matter where it's located. No matter where you're cleaning, be sure to wear eye protection to protect against splashing and rubber gloves to protect your skin.

- Dampen walls or floors with a sponge or mop and sprinkle some baking soda onto the grout. Let this sit for about an hour and scrub with a toothbrush or other scrubbing tool such as a scouring pad or wire bristle brush. If the area to be cleaned isn't too dirty, you may be able to remove the dirt using just a sponge. Rinse with water.

- Sprinkle some baking soda onto the grout and spritz a little undiluted vinegar on top of that. Let this solution fizz for a while. After about 30 minutes, wipe clean, or scrub with a toothbrush if necessary. Your grout should look much cleaner and brighter. Rinse with water.

- Make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply paste to grout, let sit for at least 30 minutes and scrub with a toothbrush if necessary. Rinse with water.

- Make a paste with 3 cups of baking soda and one cup of water. Apply to the grout and let sit. Sponge away and rinse clean with water.

- If your bathroom is well ventilated, try this solution: Mix one cup of bleach to one cup of baking soda, this should make a paste. Apply the paste to the offending grout and scrub with a toothbrush or other scrubbing tool. Wearing rubber gloves is a good idea for this project. Once the grout is cleaned, rinse with water.

- Mix 1 gallon of water with ¾ cup of bleach. Dip a toothbrush or scrub brush into the bleach solution and scrub. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with water. Do not let it sit for any longer as you run the risk of having the bleach solution have too strong of an affect. We recommend professional home cleaning services for those based in Australia for those unsure and not wanting to take the risk of doing home cleaning themselves: Cleaners Sydney: Domestic & House Cleaning Services.

- If your grout is in good condition but just needs a little freshening in certain areas, rub a freshly cut lemon half over the area. Squeezing some fresh cut lemon juice into a cup of water and scrubbing with a toothbrush will also whiten the grout.

- Pour vinegar over dirty grout and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. This works best for colored grout. Rinse with water.

- Pour hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle onto the grout. Let sit for ten minutes and scrub. Rinse with water.

- Use a pencil eraser to erase dirt from between tile.

Dull, dirty grout can dull a stunning tile display. Why not try one of these safe and inexpensive tips to keep your tile looking bright and fresh?

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