Cleaning grout ranks as one of my least favorite chores ever. Scrubbing in between the cracks of the kitchen floor or backsplashes and then having to do the same thing in the bathroom is not only a drag, it’s hard on the back and the knees! And yet the idea of walking barefoot on nasty tile or staring at a goopy backsplash is far less appealing.
If you want to get your grout really clean without collapsing from inhaling tons of chemicals, check out a few of these handy tips.
1. Make your own grout cleaner
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and then 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a squeezetop bottle. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, then put the lid on the bottle. Shake it up to mix everything. Then use your squeeze bottle to apply the mixture exactly where you need it. Allow the soap/vinegar/baking soda mixture to set in the dirty grout for about five minutes before rinsing it away Bob Vila recommends.
2. Vacuum grouted floors
Regular cleaning of grouted floors is essential. One step you can take that doesn’t require the use of any chemicals is to vacuum tiled/grouted floors once before you mop it once a week. The suction of your vacuum will pull up excess dirt you may not be able to get with your broom.
3. Scrub with borax
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