Read on to find out how to clean your own grout (without scrubbing!)
I’m a little embarrassed to show you all these “before” photographs… They’re a bit disgusting.
I tried scrubbing the grout and using various tile cleaners (both eco-friendly varieties and the standard high-chemical stuff). I’ve tried a few “spray-on” cleaners as well. No matter the cleaning or scrubbing, I just couldn’t get the grout back to a white-clean.
After some research (thanks pinterest!), I decided to try a home remedy that worked wonders!
So, without further ado, here are the awful photos of my dirty grout (on two separate tubs/showers)
So what to do?
Once again, the answer is …::drumroll::…
Bleach + Baking Soda
(“once again” because this was the same answer for how the heck do I make my porcelain sink look clean again? And this mixture made it look like new! Click here to view that post.)
I experimented with both chlorine-free bleach and standard chlorine bleach.
Unfortunately, the chlorine-free bleach did not work as well as the standard bleach, but it DID make an improvement.
I have included a photograph further below for you to see the difference.
- Make a paste with the bleach and baking soda. You want the paste to be pretty thick, so be careful in adding the bleach, a little goes a LONG way.
- If the bleach is not thick enough, it will not stay put on the grout where you place it and instead will drip down the tile.
- Paint your grout with the paste mixture. Yes, this part is quite time consuming (but at least you’re not scrubbing!)
- Wait 2 hours.
- Rinse the paste mixture off (I still used a sponge, just to be sure I got in the cracks well)
- Voila! Clean, white grout!
Remember you’re working with BLEACH!
- Do NOT wear any clothes you like while doing this, you could easily get bleach stains on them.
- Be sure to ventilate the area well while you’re working.
The photographs below illustrate the paste after application:
And then after rinsing:
This (above) is from the attempt with chlorine-free bleach.
It’s cleaner than it was, but no where near as clean as it got with the chlorine bleach.
Try it for yourself!
If you have some left-over paste, why not go ahead and clean your white porcelain sink too?
And while you’re cleaning your shower, you might as well get that grime off of your shower head.
Or if you just want something completely different, click here.
- Have you tried the baking soda + bleach method to clean anything? What did you think? Have your own solution? Share below!