DIY Tile Grout Cleaner


I thought my house was kept up pretty well until one day my world came crashing down on me. I had house guests coming to stay with us, so I went into the guest bathroom to make sure the bathroom was stocked with all necessary toiletries. I hardly ever go into this bathroom and when I walked in this time, it hit me. I saw how clean the grout in the tiles looked compared to the rest of the house. My entire
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1 Large Spray Bottle
1 Cup Water
½ Cup White Vinegar
¼ Cup Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
Soft Bristled Scrubbing Brush
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Add the water, vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda in the bottle. Shake well. Spray the grout with the mixture. Allow to set for two minutes.
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Using the brush, gently scrub the grout. I was shocked at how much dirt and grime came up. I also noticed that some of my tiles need to be re-grouted.
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You can see the difference already. When all of the grout is scrubbed, use a mop to get up the remaining liquid.
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  • Susie Watson
    on Jan 17, 2017

    I thought I read somewhere not to use vinegar on grout or tile?

    • Tony Carter
      on Aug 13, 2017

      Bleach will not eat the grout. Grout is a portland cement. What bleach will do is eventually strip your sealant off of the grout causing your grout to be able to get stained easier. Vinegar will also do the same thing unless you use less than 25% vinegar to 75% water solution. A great practice is to do a very heavy cleaning at least once every 2-3 years and wait 3 days and then re-seal your grout. With the sealant on the grout, cleaning it will be much easier than if it wasn't sealed.

  • Will this damage marble?

  • Mary from the Garden
    on Jul 30, 2018

    my grout along back bench by tap seems to have mould built in...I cant move it...left apc and baking soda (NO LEMON THO)

    on all night another time jiff all night still all mouldy...

    • Krafty Mrs.K
      on Aug 1, 2018

      Soak paper towel with bleach or whatever cleaner and roll it up over the moldy grout and let it stay soaking in the cleaner for a while. If Bleach or Hydrogen peroxide doesn't work you might need to scrape it out and regrout.

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  • Linda Holland
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I use Vinegar and Baking in my drains once a month. Also use Vinegar in a glass dish, oven overnight and next morning it melts almost all the greasy stuff. a few burned on spots you may have to use some steel wool on them.. oven racks I put in big garbage bay, with vinegar in a glass dish!! The racks stay shiny too..

  • Sally Alter
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Try Oxyclean (powder in a tub). Just dilute it with water, spread it all over the tiles and grout, leave for a while (instructions on tub) then mop it up. No scrubbing involved.

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