How To Clean Grout: DIY Remedies For Pristine Tile

When you know how to clean grout, your tile surfaces will last longer. Grimy white grout isn’t hard to clean. In most cases, to clean grout, you’ll need to apply a DIY solution and minimal scrubbing. When you keep your grout clean, you protect your home and family. 

How To Clean Grout

It takes elbow grease to clean most types of grout. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know there are a few cheap methods for cleaning tile grout. For those unfamiliar, you can make DIY grout cleaner out of natural ingredients, and that’s what we’ll cover here.

We’ll show you three remedies. Each solution will help you remove stubborn stains from light, medium, and heavy tile or grout problem areas.

Each solution uses all-natural ingredients that you likely already have. The cleaners can also help tackle any inconspicuous area that might be hard to reach. 

DIY Natural Grout Cleaner Materials

Best DIY Grout Cleaning Tips

Here are the best natural grout cleaners and the tools you’ll need to keep your tile fresh and clean.

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Super washing soda
  • Borax
  • Liquid dish soap 
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Sponge, rag, small brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mixing bowl
  • Toothbrush 
  • Spray bottle

How To Clean Grout Tiles

Let’s explore three effective and affordable DIY tile solutions. 

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Water And Baking Soda

If you have water spots or light soil stains on your grout, the best way to clean them is with a sponge, baking soda, and water. This is another non toxic solution to clean your bathroom floor stains, for example. Finally, scrub away the stains on your grout using a scrub brush.

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This method requires a clean sponge and hot water. 

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Soak your sponge in hot water. Next, dip the sponge in baking soda. 

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Scrub the soiled tile and grout with the sponge. After the area is coated, rinse your sponge and wipe away any excesses with warm or hotter water.

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For heavier stains on white grout, use a stiff brush to remove stains from grout. After you’ve finished scrubbing, wipe clean the tile surface This is a great way to keep your grout and tile looking fresh and clean. 

Vinegar Grout Cleaning Solution

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When you need to clean dirty grout, a vinegar solution. It works great when you need to clean shower tile grout. Dirty grout is a health hazard. You should never allow dirt to build up in the grout lines on bathroom tile or a kitchen floor.

Grout maintenance is an essential component of proper home care. Fortunately, vinegar is not only effective but also a cheap solution.

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When cleaning grout lines in a shower or a tile floor that has heavy dirt or grime, try a vinegar and baking soda mixture. 

First, soak your sponge with distilled white vinegar.

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Wipe your tile floors and grout surfaces with vinegar.

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Sprinkle baking soda over the grout and start scrubbing. To remove heavy dirt stains, you might need a toothbrush. If you have an old toothbrush, you can use it, which will help save time.

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This cleaning method is effective around toilet areas, but you can also use it to clean your kitchen floor.

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Thoroughly rinse your sponge or use a clean damp rag to wipe away the excess baking soda. 

Baking Soda Cleaning Solution

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Tougher stains require more elbow grease. Such stains require borax and super washing soda.  

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Mix a 1/4 cup of baking soda with one teaspoon of super washing soda.

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Next, add one tablespoon of borax and stir.  

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Add 1-1/2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap. If you wanted to turn things up a notch, add a few drops of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

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Stir the ingredients until a paste forms and let the mixture sit for several minutes.

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Soak a sponge in undiluted distilled white vinegar. Squeeze the sponge so it’s not dripping wet with vinegar.

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Wipe the stained area thoroughly.

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Apply more paste to the grout.

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Follow the grout line with the paste, sponge, or cleaning brush, scrubbing it well into the grout.

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Rinse your sponge thoroughly with warm water and wipe away the remaining grout cleaner. You’ll need to repeat the process a few times. The grout solution also works well on vertical surfaces. 

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We hope you enjoy using these natural methods to make your tile shine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Can A Cleaning Bot Remove Grout Stains?

There are a few cleaning robots available today that can vacuum, mop, clean windows, and scrub toilets. Although tests have been conducted with grout cleaning robots, a model has yet to be unveiled to the public. 

What Is The Famous TikTok Clean Grout Solution Video?

In 2021, a video of a cleaning product went viral on TikTok. The product was Zep Grout Cleaner and Brightener. The cleaner retails for $7 and is available online and sold at most hardware stores.

How Much For A Professional Tile Cleaner?

It depends on the job. A bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned in a few years and is covered with grout will cost more to clean. On overage, a cleaning professional will charge you between $300 and $500 per room.

How Long Should Grout Dry Before Cleaning?

After you apply grout to a surface, let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes and wipe away excess grout with a grout sponge soaked in water.

Can I Use A Steam Cleaner To Clean Grout? 

You can use a steamer to clean your bathroom walls. If the grout needs a deep clean, then a steamer would be most effective. When you use a steamer, you can turn a three hour job into a 30 minute job. 

A steamer is effective as it heats water over 200 degrees Fahrenheit and uses nozzles that direct steam onto the stained grout. 

How To Clean Grout Conclusion

Cleaning grout is one of the cheapest DIY home improvement projects you’ll find. You can use household items like hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, chlorine bleach, and oxygen bleach.

If your bathrooms and shower walls are high traffic areas, and time is an issue, steam cleaning grout is the fastest option. You can rent steam cleaners at most home centers and they can also clean cement grout. The devices come with step by step instructions and are easy to use.

However, for low traffic areas, the only thing you might need to buy is a grout brush. If you have an old electric toothbrush, you can use it to clean grout. However, to clean stained grout, often you won’t need more than plain water and a damp cloth.