By: Elizabeth Tran

November 20, 2021

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How to Clean Grout with Baking Soda (in 3 Easy Steps!)

Cleaning the dirty grout in your bathroom is a simple way to give it a facelift. Because grout may become dirty quickly, it’s critical to keep up with cleaning to keep your bathroom looking its best.

Cleaning grout with baking soda is an easy method to have this space shining again, whether you’re looking to sell your home or just want to brighten up your bathroom.

Below, we look at the 3 easy steps to follow, but first here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Soda water
  • Toothbrush

Step One: Mix and Scrub

Make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and water, then scrub unclean grout with an old toothbrush.

You can also save your elbows by using an electric toothbrush with an outdated head. Work it into the grout thoroughly.

Step Two: Spray Vinegar Over Paste

Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and squirt it over the bicarb mixture. It should begin to bubble up into a thick liquid that is ideal for grout removal.

Step Three: Scrub the Filth Away

Scrub the filth away with your toothbrush. Rinse well with water.


What to Do When You Have Hard-to-Clean Grout?

Sometimes the mixture above just won’t cut it. Sometimes it’s been so long since you’ve cleaned your grout (tsk tsk) that you need an extra strong solution.

If that sounds like you, then follow this recipe for heavy-dirty DIY grout cleaner.

Add 1/2 cup baking soda to 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide. Then add 1 teaspoon dish soap. Put that mixture over your dirty grout. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes for the cleaning ingredients to soak into the grout.
Then, scrub the grout lines with a brush or the rough side of a sponge. Remember, when cleaning grout, you want to scrub vigorously to agitate the grout and cleaning solution and loosen any stubborn contaminants.

Alternatives to Making Your Own Baking Soda Paste

You can also use third-party products instead of making your mixture paste.

Here are just some alternatives to using baking soda:

  • Grout eraser: Using a grout eraser is a less time-consuming – but more expensive – technique to get the same result. The JML Doktor Power Magic Eraser is one of our favorites. The filth peels off the grouting with a simple wipe. With this procedure, you’ll go through sponges very rapidly, so buy a few!
  • Mold removers: The HG Mould Spray effectively removes mould from grout and sealant, making them seem as good as new. Make sure you follow the instructions on the package. A grout pen can be used to remove difficult stains. The UniBond Anti Mould Grout Pen gets our recommendation. It doesn’t remove the grime, but it does cover it with a fresh white coat of grout, making it look brand new.
  • Vinegar spray: To maintain the appearance of your bathroom, use distilled white vinegar to restore the luster. You can either buy a ready-made solution or make your own with ease. Mix a solution of half water and half vinegar in an old spray bottle and spray down your shower walls several times a week. Just make sure you use white vinegar!


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