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How to Clean Tile Grout on a Budget

by Teresa Whitney 11/08/2021

If you have tile in your kitchen or bathroom, you’ve likely had to contend with stained or dirty grout. While tile itself is easy to clean, the space between the tiles requires more effort. However, you don’t need expensive chemicals or cleaning services to make the grout look brand new again. Here is how to clean grout with household items.

Supplies You’ll Need

Dish soap
Baking soda
White vinegar
Warm water
Stiff scrub brush or toothbrush
Cup or small bucket
Spray bottle
Grout sealer (optional)

Step by Step Grout-Cleaning

This DIY grout cleaning strategy has multiple steps to maximize the effectiveness of your tools. Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill a cup or small bucket with warm tap water and a few drops of dish soap.

  2. Add a tablespoon or more of the baking soda and mix thoroughly.

  3. Fill your spray bottle with vinegar for easy application. Then, wet the grout lines by spraying the vinegar. This will give you just the right amount of vinegar without covering the entire floor and causing a hazard.

  4. Take your soap and baking soda mixture and carefully pour it onto the grout lines where you added vinegar.

  5. With a scrub brush or hard-bristled toothbrush, scrub the combination of ingredients into the grout. Begin by working in a small area to determine the effectiveness of the mixture with your grout’s level of staining. This will help you figure out whether you need to opt for a stronger commercial cleaning agent instead of your DIY mixture early on, before you attempt to clean the entire room or wall.

  6. After giving the grout lines a good scrubbing, let everything sit for 5 minutes.

  7. Scrub the grout a second time after you’ve waited for the mixture to work its magic. You should hopefully already notice some of the staining coming up from the grout.

  8. Use a sponge to wipe up and absorb any excess vinegar and water. Try to get the surface as dry as you can.

  9. If you have grout sealer, you can apply it along your freshly cleaned grout lines once everything has dried. You’ll need to let the sealer dry for another few hours—consult the included instructions for specifics.

  10. To get rid of any leftover vinegar scent, do a light cleaning of the tile with your normal household cleaning products or with warm water. Now you should have fresh-looking grout lines in your wall, backsplash or floor without need for harsh chemicals.

As with all DIY cleaning projects, your success depends on many factors. Try this strategy first and move on to stronger solutions if you need the extra help.

About the Author

Teresa Whitney

Hi! My name is Teresa Whitney. I’ve listed and sold many properties in Arizona cities over the years. My success is based on positive referrals. I have earned the respect of my clients by simply being available. I will be the same for you. Having worked in the legal field for 30+ years, I pride myself on my thinking outside the box when it comes to facing hurdles (very common in both the legal and real estate venues) many of which most people do not expect to happen, or want to deal with it if it does. Thus, preparation and research is very important and familiar territory for me to reach that accomplished result based on needs and wants. It is the key to customizing those needs and wants of a client. This is where I come in strong. Being detail-oriented I am a great listener! I understand and work well with both Buyers and Sellers. My passion is real estate is to strive to personalize all of my clients’ needs and wants in the real estate market!