Natural Tile and Grout Cleaner

Making the switch to natural cleaners for tile and grout is incredibly easy and very inexpensive. You likely already have all the things you need, and they are more effective, in my opinion, than store-bought alternatives. You also don’t have to worry about your kids bathing in a chemical cocktail after you clean the tub, or a toddler crawling around on a floor covered in carcinogens.

For cleaning tile or tub:

Light cleaning of water spots or dirt- Get a damp sponge, dip in a bowl of regular baking soda and wipe down tub or tiles. Rinse with warm water.

Tough stains or set in dirt- Use a damp sponge in full strength white vinegar to wipe down entire surface. Immediately scour with baking soda and a brush or sponge.

Really tough stains and spots- Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 2 TBSP of washing soda and 2 TBSP of borax. Add 3 TBSP of Liquid Castille soap and stir (if you don’t have liquid castille soap, you can use liquid dish soap). Pre-wipe with full strength white vinegar and scrub with baking soda mixture. For tubs, wipe with white vinegar, sprinkle with mixture and let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub with heavy-duty brush and rinse.

Moldy Grout Stains- For mold on grout make a mixture of 1 part Hydrogen Perozide (3%) and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray on grout until saturated. Wait 45 minutes and wipe down with sponge and rinse well.

Reader Comments

  1. Amy R says

    I hope this works, we just re-tiled our kitchen countertop recently, and I didn’t realize it was going to be so hard to keep the little stains like coffee and tomato sauce from staining the grout.

  2. No! says

    Neither peroxide nor vinegar clean off black mold. I use peroxide in the shower all the time for sanitizing and I can tell you it does nothing on black mold. I use vinegar all the time too and it is terrible at cleaning soap scum, mold or glass (without streaking). My idea of a great cleaner is one that just does the job WITHOUT the “elbow grease”. The instant I have to put my back into it, then whatever it is really isn’t any better than hot soapy water.

  3. Lauren Fuller says

    This saved my sanity! We moved into a house 3 years ago with dirty grout in our kitchen tiles. With plans to remodel eventually, we never really bothered with it, but it was really starting to bug me. So I was dealing with VERY old, VERY stubborn stains. Pretty much solid brown grout that should be white. I was going to break down and try a chemical cleaner, but thought I would give this a try first. I used the “really tough stains and spots” directions. I did add more water to the baking powder mix to create more of a paste. It did take lots of elbow grease, probably about 30 passes with a scrubber in each spot, but my grout is now magically sparkling white! I wish I could show you the before and after. I am SO pleased with the way my grout looks now!! Thanks for sharing this!

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