When you pick out the tiles for your home, either for your flooring, bathroom walls or backsplash, do you ever think about how hard it is to clean the grout? For some of you, it may be a loud yes, and for others, you might be asking, what is…grout?
Well, grout is the space filled with stuff to ‘glue’ two tiles together and to the wall or floor. They are usually made from a mix of cement, lime and sometimes, colour pigment to match the tiles or create a contrast between the tiles.
After a few months of moving into your new home, you’ll notice the grout of the places you frequent will experience a colour change – and that is because of the accumulating dirt. Stuff like stains, mildew, loud, dirt, and dust are easily trapped in the grout. To ensure your home is clean (and safe, especially if you have little ones learning to crawl), you must clean your grout weekly.
However, it can prove to be a tedious job that people tend to “leave for tomorrow”.
But we are here to advise you on some home remedies to clean grout.
If there is one cleaning agent you need in your home, it is the ever-versatile baking soda. To rid stains from the floor and grout, we suggest this concoction:
- ¼ cup white vinegar (only white please!)
- 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 3.5 litres of warm water
- Optional – a few drops of your preferred essential oil
Mix it all up in a pail and start mopping.
No, not for lemonade, but lemon does make a good cleaning agent. To clean grout off your bathroom tiles, shower curtain and shower head, we suggest this concoction:
- Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- Baking powder
Mix them in equal parts, put them in a squirt tube and squirt the mixture on the grout. Leave it for a few hours before washing it off.
Instead of corrosive chlorine, use hydrogen peroxide. It is a sustainable, more efficient chemical that is made out of two hydrogen and two oxygen compounds. If you didn’t know it, it has an extra oxygen molecule when compared to water. When it goes through the chemical process, the decomposition will create only oxygen and water, and hence, dubbed as the cleanest way to clean stuff!
One of the most effective ways to clean grout is by using this concoction:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Lay the baking soda on the grout until it is fully covered. Spray hydrogen peroxide on the bakin soda until wet. Leave it for 10 minutes. After that, scrub-a-dub-dub and wipe clean.
For coloured grout, you do not want to use anything too harsh. Therefore, this is a mild concoction that will help with stains and dirt:
- White vinegar
Mix equal parts in a spray bottle. Spray it on the grout and let it sit for 10 minutes. Later, scrub it off with a small brush or toothbrush.
Have you tried any of these home remedies to clean grout before? Instead of purchasing cleaners that may contain harmful chemicals, mixing up these readily available home products proves to be a cheaper and more effective way to clean grout.
So, back to you. Would you be interested in trying these concoctions? Let us know and share this article.