How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner

Want a simple trick for cleaning grout in your shower, bath, or kitchen? This homemade grout cleaner works great and it only requires 2 ingredients: baking soda and bleach!

When we moved into this apartment it wasn’t very clean. I already shared my 5 minute microwave steam cleaning tip, but another area that needed serious cleaning was the bathroom. The grout was disgusting! But after cleaning it with this homemade grout cleaner, it was brand new again!

How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner - The simple recipe is just baking soda and bleach!

There are tons of recipes out there for homemade grout cleaner, but I wanted an effective one that wasn’t too hard to make. I ended up with this grout cleaner recipe which only has 2 ingredients, and it worked great!

Homemade Grout Cleaner

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How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner - The simple recipe is just baking soda and bleach!

Mix the baking soda and bleach together in the bowl until it forms sort of a thick paste. Then apply the paste to the dirty grout lines and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

The bleach will do most of the work just sitting there, but after 5-10 minutes, scrub it with your toothbrush to really work the cleaner deeper into the grout.

Wait another 5-10 minutes and then rinse the cleaner off of the grout. If you have a handheld shower head, use that, otherwise just use a damp rag and rinse it out often as you wipe the cleaner away.

Remember, grout does sometimes turn darker when it’s wet. So if you’re not totally impressed with how sparkling white your grout is right when you finish rinsing it, wait a few hours until it dries!

How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner - The simple recipe is just baking soda and bleach!

I am so happy with how CLEAN everything is now!

Just a few important notes:

  1. You’re using bleach. Make sure you are wearing old clothes or something you don’t care about. I figured it wouldn’t splatter so I didn’t change before doing this, and now my jeans have white spots all over them! There is a surprising amount of splatter, even if you’re careful. So just change first.
  2. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from irritation.
  3. Open a window or wear a respirator to protect your nose, mouth, and lungs.
  4. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from irritation.
  5. And if you use a washcloth or rag to wipe the cleaner off, make sure it’s something that’s okay to be bleached.

How’s the state of your bathroom grout? Or in your kitchen, if you have tile on the floor or in your back-splash. I’m really liking these make-it-yourself cleaning recipes, because they work just as well and it means I don’t have 30 different types of chemical cleaners laying around! We have been using homemade borax free laundry soap for almost a year now and we absolutely love it! It’s cheap, non-toxic, and works better than commercial detergent!

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  1. I found that 3 parts baking soda to 1 part bleach was too thick to use.

  2. Can’t wait to give this a try, I also live in a tiny apartment with a puppy so my grout is dirty from previous tenants and my puppy having accidents! I feel like this will definitely give it the deep cleaning it truly needs! Thanks for posting this, looking forward to more hoe improvement tutorials.
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  3. What’s even better is to spray Lysol all over the shower after cleaning it and mold won’t grow on it any more.


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