How to Clean Tile Grout Naturally

Tile grout is a magnet for dirt and grime, and a common target for spring cleaning. Cleaning tile grout naturally requires only common household items, however. Vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can effectively remove even the most stubborn dirt and stains, and erase days, weeks or years of grime. Using these ingredients, safely, quickly and easily remove tile grout stains without resorting to expensive, store-bought cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Old toothbrush
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Plastic spray bottle


    • 1

      Dampen the tile grout lightly with water. Don't leave standing water; just make sure the area is slightly moist. Apply water with a sponge for best results.

    • 2

      Sprinkle baking soda over the dampened tile grout and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes. Pour pure white vinegar over the baking soda and wait for it to finish fizzing.

    • 3

      Scrub the tile grout with an old toothbrush for several minutes to remove any remaining dirt and stains. If an old toothbrush is not available, use a scouring pad or scrubbing brush to clean tile grout.

    • 4

      Pour hydrogen peroxide, full strength, into a plastic spray bottle, if stains are still visible. Spray directly onto the tile grout and allow it to sit for an additional five to 10 minutes before wiping clean. Use rubbing alcohol instead, if you prefer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean tile grout can be preserved after this treatment by wiping with vinegar on a weekly basis.
  • Do not use hydrogen peroxide in conjunction with bleach or cleaners containing bleach when you clean tile grout. This can cause a toxic reaction.
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