How To Clean Tile Grout + Homemade Cleaner Recipe

To go along with my early spring cleaning/organizing I wanted to tackle my grout! We have quite a bit of tile in our home. The bathrooms, the kitchen, and the laundry room. The house is 8 years old and I’m not sure if the tile was just never sealed or if it’s just dirty after all these years. Either way, I was going to rid it of the yuckiness!

I came across a Pin that did not link but had a grout cleaner recipe pasted with the picture. I decided to give it a try. I figured if it didn’t work I would just go to Lowe’s and buy a real grout cleaner.

I am so happy that I gave it a try! It actually worked!! And all of the chemicals I used were kid friendly so my kiddos got to help too…which they thought was so much fun!

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We started in the kitchen

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…and then tackled the master bathroom floor

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Can you see the difference?!?! The grout looks as good as new!! I seriously was amazed!

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I’m going over the grout with this grout sealer that we had left over from laying travertine in our Georgia house. This was bought at Home Depot. Here is a link to what they currently have now: Grout & Tile Sealer.

How To Clean Tile Grout + Homemade Cleaner Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 7 cups water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (or ammonia – I am not a fan of this so I stuck with the lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or bucket
  2. Use a toothbrush to apply to grout and scrub clean
  3. Use a dry washcloth to wipe up excess

I’d love it if you would Pin this post if you found it helpful! May everyone who has tile have clean grout!!

Happy Cleaning!

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  1. You have no idea how badly I need this in my life!!!! My shower grout is beyond embarrassing. I’m bustin’ this out before the week is over for sure!

    • haha! Good Luck!!
      I cleaned my shower yesterday with Lime Away and decided to spray some on some grout in a different room. I used a toothbrush to scrub it…it worked but didn’t seem to get it as clean as the homemade mixture!
      Let me know how yours turns out!!

  2. Yikes I did something wrong, I saw this same formula and the person said let it sit an hour then wipe away…. I see no change. I notice yours says to scrub but I’m seeing buckets and wash clothes- true dummy here- did you spray directly on the grout or mop the floor by hand? Did you let it sit before tooth rushing it?

    • Hi Tiffany! I actually didn’t even spray it! I just got the toothbrush wet and started scrubbing! It did take some elbow grease and going back and forth over the same grout line a couple of times – but all in all it was super easy! I had a wash cloth beside me and just wiped up the realllly dirty water/formula from the grout! Best of luck! Let me know if you have any other questions! **I also was cleaning my shower one day with Lime Away and noticed a spot on the tile/grout that was dirty…so I sprayed that and scrubbed with the toothbrush and that seemed to work as well…just not kid friendly and could possibly stain the grout

  3. THANK YOU so much for this recipe. I used this recipe plus a good sturdy scrub brush on my 6 month old tile grout which is a light beige and my OLD floor which I think was white tile grout. It worked WONDERS!
    The old tile was in the house prior to us moving in 3 years agoand it looked dirty and nearly brown. It is now a nice white color!!! THANKS

    • Hi CJ!! I’m so glad it worked so well for you too!! My husband still thinks I’m crazy because I comment about how awesome our floors look every.single.day!! But I’m just so happy that they floors look new without replacing them!!

  4. i did this when my wife went on a business trip & she came in the door & thought i had painted the walls! i started doing about 4 square feet – went to bed & was amazed at the grout & the tile in the morning. i used vinegar not ammonia. i also used baking soda to get ink from an exploding pen out of a new dining room table.

    • Ohh that’s the best news! Congrats!! I’m so glad your wife was happy too! :-) I still admire my clean grout daily!! :-) It’s the little things in life! :-) *thanks for the tip about baking soda and ink!! I will definitely keep that one in mind should I have ink to get out someday!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  6. Figured I’d give this a try, mainly because I didn’t have any ammonia in the house. Amazing. I have a huge tiled kitchen and eating area. Did a little area to see how it worked. Ended up doing almost whole area. Great recipe; time for a nap. :)

  7. Thanks for the recipe! I did my whole entry way today and went through six toothbrushes! Thank goodness for the dollar store. I used lime juice, since that’s what I had, and scrubbed in extra baking soda (like a paste) on especially dirty grout lines. Think I’m going to be sore tomorrow, but my neat nick husband is THRILLED!

    More tomorrow….

  8. I unfortunately did not find this recipe to work well. It took a tremendous amount of scrubbing compared to putting a liberal amount of powdered OXI CLEAN in a bucket of hot water. Much less scrubbing needed with that.

  9. Can this sit in a bottle for a day or 2 or does it have to be used right away? I want to try it at work but would rather mix it at home first.

    • Honestly, I’m not sure since I made it when I was ready to use it. But I’m sure that it would be fine to make ahead. Let me know how it turns out!! :-) Good luck!

    • Stephanie or Lynette have either of you stored any away since posting? I’m wondering if the mixture is something you can keep bottled to use as needed.

  10. Love the post Stephanie, especially how the recipe is kid friendly. The results is pretty clear in the photos, but I wonder now much scrubbing you had to do to get that result. A stronger bleach based product might have brought up a brighter color. Thanks again for sharing!

  11. Recipe left a filmy residue on my tiles even after mopping. Any suggestion on how to remove the baking soda residue from my tile?

  12. Hi there this worked wonders helping with grout cleaning especially in spots my dog enjoyed marking. Being pregnant made it especially hard for me to clean it because of the harsh chemicals in the products or how ineffective they were. This is my go to now :) thanks! Making my pregnant cleaning days extremely easy.

  13. I did not notice any difference using this. Our house was built just a year ago, so the dirt and mildew scum in the tiled shower is ALL NEW haha! I wish this had worked but it didn’t. I’m going on to OxiClean now.

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  15. Hi, Stephanie! My dad and mom are coming to visit for a few days during this Thanksgiving holiday and I couldn’t be more excited; it’s their first visit to my new home. But anyhow, you know what that means…… yes, a mad dash to get everything SPOTLESS!!! I saved the grout for last (as it is my LEAST favorite) but with this concoction I found it effortless!! I put it on, waited 5 minutes then ran an electric toothbrush over it. THANK YOU for the child/pet safe cleaner that actually works. :) Happy Holidays! The Hanks Family

    • Yay!!! I’m so glad it worked so well for you! Love the idea of the electric toothbrush!! I actually just threw away my kid’s old ones…maybe I need to go get those out of the garbage!! :-)
      Thanks again for such a sweet comment! (and I hear ya on the mad dash to get everything clean right before company comes…story of my life!!)

  16. This worked great but, how do you remove the white haze that is left after? I wiped with a sponge and re-mopped but still lots of baking soda on the tile.

    • Could you do a vinegar and water rinse? i know i use baking soda on my stove top and it leaves a film. Usually a little vinegar will cut it. Just a suggestion to try.

  17. We live in a rental house and the grout for our pretty, light terra cotta-ish colored tiles looked to be a dark gray… until I got down close one day to wipe up a spill and noticed the grout in this fairly unwalked upon area was a nice LIGHT gray! I’ve been on a mission ever since to get it all clean! I had great success with a 50:50 plain white vinegar & water mixture scrubbed in and wiped off and was very pleased with my efforts… except in our master bath. It looked like something had been spilled in the area most walked upon, right inside the door, between the first sink and the toilet room. My beloved vinegar/water did little more than make the stained area stick out even more with the surrounding grout now light and pretty! I was worried that something had been spilled and actually STAINED the grout. I whipped up a batch of this, toothbrush in hand, I sat on the floor, took a deep breathe, said a quick pleading prayer, and began to scrub. I use the term “scrub” very loosely here, it was more like just pushing the toothbrush back and forth, swirling in areas that looked ground in. The hardest part of this whole procedure was keeping my mini schnauzers from licking the wet floor or drinking from the bucket! This stuff smells like a delicious citrus soda! I just had to remember to keep myself between the wet floor and the eager pups and to put the lid on the cat litter bucket I used to mix when I stepped away from it. This was not surface dirt, so I didn’t get the muddiness you did, (my first plain viegar/water scrub a few months ago got the muddiness off) but the towel I used to wipe it did get dirty none the less. I noticed a film of baking soda on the tile, so I put a timer in for 30 minutes and then used my floor steamer on super high steam to clean the film off. The towel I ran over the floor while it was still wet from the mega-steam was CLEAN! And the bathroom floor grout now looks CLEAN! I left a few lines of grout unscrubbed for comparison (only a few because I got swept up in the excitement!). No lingering chemical smells, no dry hands, no broken back or sore atms/hands, not much effort at all! Hands down my favorite cleaning day EVER! Thank you so much for posting this!

    • YAY!!! I’m so happy it worked so well for you!!! We’re in the process of renovating our kitchen so my once clean floors are filthy again! :-( I can’t wait to finish the construction so I can give the grout a good cleaning again! :-)

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  19. I used this in my new home the groutwas black, not exagerating. This mixture got it back to white. The floors were gleaming! I will be doing this again yearly for spring cleaning thanks

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