DIY Grout Cleaner

Perhaps not my sexiest post, but what else isn't sexy? Dirty grout. This DIY Grout Cleaner will take grout from scuzzy to sparkling!
We've just had a bit of a bathroom disaster. What we thought was a small clog that shouldn't take more than a quick plumber's visit to fix, turned into a pipe nightmare, 2 holes in the ceiling and a shower floor that needed to be entirely removed and retiled. So, $3000 later, I'm highly motivated to keep these new tiles and grout looking spiffy! This recipe is one I created for Clean Eating Magazine several months ago and is super popular, because it works wonders!

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In this grout cleaner recipe, baking soda removes stains and acts as a mild abrasive to tackle mold. Castile soap helps lift away oil and grime while hydrogen peroxide is a biodegradable disinfectant with mild bleaching abilities, making it a clean choice for the environment. When making your own grout cleaner, it's important to avoid acidic ingredients like vinegar, which can cause grout to break down. Vinegar is okay on tiles themselves to remove soap scum and mildew, but it's not ideal to leave vinegar resting on grout or other porous materials. 

Grout Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp liquid castile soup
  • 40 drops lemon essential oil
 Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl

 Use a spoon to apply to grout and leave on for 30 minutes

Use a spoon to apply to grout and leave on for 30 minutes

 For stubborn stains, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub

For stubborn stains, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub

 Use a wet sponge, to wipe and rinse away

Use a wet sponge, to wipe and rinse away

Such an easy recipe, but it really works so well! Hope you love it as much as I do!

Note: Hydrogen peroxide will degrade when exposed to air or light, make only as much as you need to clean. 

To see the full post, visit Clean Eating Magazine. Photos by Meaghan Eady and Ellen Charlotte Marie.