Home Cleaning Tip - Cleaning The Grout

Dirty grout


I should be ashamed to admit this, but here it goes... My bathroom grout has gotten extremely dirty and black. We have lived in our Tremonton, Utah home for over seven years now. In that time I have never scrubbed my grout. The only way my floor even gets mopped is if my husband or kids do it. (Hey, thanks all!) I would say that out of all three bathrooms our master bathroom has got to be the worst. This girl loves her eye makeup and hairspray! LOL I am pretty sure they have been contributors to the color the grout has become.

I finally decided it was time to get scrubbing and make my bathroom grout look new again. I remembered seeing a grout cleaner recipe floating around on pinterest. I searched for it on my smart phone (who loves technology?! I do! I do!) and got ready to have a scrub-filled day.

Now, keep in mind this is not a quick and easy task. You must plan on working on it throughout the day, and be ready to put some elbow grease into it if necessary. If you do this in sections it will seem like less of a chore, and you will be able to see how well it is working every time you come back. It's hard to tell at first how great it is working because the grout is still wet after scrubbing. 

This recipe is just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in the house. Water, baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar. That's it! (See below for the amounts that were used of each). You need a big enough container to mix the ingredients. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle, and spray along the grout. You will then want to let it sit. The longer you let it sit the less elbow grease you will need. I set a timer for about 30 minutes. It may take less time or more time depending on the dirty. Once the 30 minutes were over I started scrubbing. I used the Ikea scrubber. (I bought a few of these scrubbers in different colors to use around the house. Love them!) While I scrubbed I also had a bowl of water to get the brush wet in case the cleaner got too dry. It seemed to help. I then used a towel to wipe up any dirty water left on the tile.

The results...

How to clean grout 

I did not clean the bottom right so that you can see the difference. As you can see, the grout is back to it's clean light color. I hope that you can see how dramatic the difference is. The tiles are large and the style of the tile tend to conceal just how dirty the floor might be. But either way, there you have it. I hope that you will find this homemade grout cleaner recipe as awesome as I do.

Homemade Grout Recipe

7 cups water

1/2 cup baking soda

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup vinegar


What have you tried to clean your grout with? Did it work well or was it an epic fail? Comment below to let us know! 

The above article Home Cleaning Tip - Cleaning the Grout was provided by Angela Duong. Angela can be reached at aduong2281@gmail.com or by phone at 435-225-5200. With over 10+ years experience, if you're thinking of selling or buying, I would love to share my marketing knowledge and expertise.

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Angela Duong

Hi there! I'm Angela Duong, a REALTOR® in Northern Utah with Coldwell Banker Tugaw Realtors. I am the owner of this website MADHomesUtah.com and I enjoy helping home buyers and home sellers through the process of buying and selling real estate. I have a passion for technology, marketing, helping people,  and creating informational content on this website. Please feel free to comment below, or share this article socially. 


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