Make Your Own Grout Cleaner

As much as we all may try, keeping grout looking like new can feel like an impossible feat. The porous surface inevitably absorbs tiny dirt particles left behind by daily living, regardless of how often you clean your floors, shower walls and countertops. These homemade cleaning solutions can help make the most of your scrubbing efforts, eliminating pesky grout stains once and for all.

Recipe #1

If strength is a major concern, skip this recipe because this is the mildest of all the grout solutions outlined. It’s included on this list because it can be used on all tile surfaces.

  • 3 parts of baking soda
  • 1 part of water

Mix the water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the dirty grout. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse clean. Scrub before rinsing for particularly stubborn areas.

Recipe #2

This recipe is acidic and should not be used on marble, limestone or travertine tile.

  • Dawn dish soap
  • White vinegar

Mix all the ingredients in a small container in equal parts and spray onto grout. Increase the strength of this homemade cleaner by heating the water in the microwave for 60 seconds before adding the soap. Let the solution sit for a few minutes, scrub, rinse with warm water and wipe clean.

Recipe #3

The alkaline ammonia used here makes this recipe stronger, so remember to ventilate the area you are cleaning. Also, do not use this solution on marble, limestone or travertine tile.

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup ammonia
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

Mix the ingredients and apply the cleaner to dirty grout. Let it sit for about 20 minutes then scrub. The increased strength of this recipe should clean tough grout stains.

Recipe #4

Only use this recipe on white or light colored grout.

  • ¼ cup bleach
  • ¾ cup baking soda

Mix the ingredients and apply the solution to grout. You can add water if you would like to dilute the strength of the bleach. Remember, the longer the solution sits, the more the grout is bleached. Use your own discretion to determine how long you’d like the solution to sit.

Recipe #5

Here is a homemade grout cleaner that is made with all natural ingredients. It may be ideal if you prefer to keep harsh chemicals away from your family. Even though the ingredients are natural, it is still an acidic solution so don’t use it on the same aforementioned surfaces.

  • Lemons
  • Baking soda

Mix lemon juice and baking soda to create a paste and apply it to grout. Let it sit, scrub and rinse with warm water.

Recipe #6

Mildew can be a particularly frustrating issue to eradicate. This is a great recipe to use for that problem, but be careful on colored grouts, marble, limestone and travertine.

  • ¼ cup bleach
  • ¼ cup alcohol
  • 1 cup water

Mix the solution and apply to grout with stubborn mildew. The bleach kills the mildew and the alcohol disinfects the area. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, scrub and rinse with soap and water. Again, remember not to let the solution dry out.

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