Grout is used to fill in the gaps between tiles, helping to hold them together and protect them from moisture. Shower tile grout is susceptible to mildew, dirt and soap scum and must be cleaned regularly. Commercial grout cleaners can be expensive. Save money and get your shower tile grout clean by using a homemade grout cleaner.
Things You'll Need
- Empty spray bottle
- 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
- Old toothbrush
- 1/4 cup chlorine bleach
- Baking soda
- 2 tbsp. borax powder
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
Peroxide Grout Cleaner
Fill an empty spray bottle with 1 cup water. Make sure that the spray bottle has been rinsed out thoroughly prior to mixing your grout cleaner.
Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to the water. Shake the bottle lightly to combine the ingredients.
Spray the solution onto the dirty grout. Let the peroxide remain on the grout for several hours. There is no need to rinse the peroxide from the grout. Use a toothbrush, if necessary, to scrub the grout if it is really dirty.
Baking Soda and Bleach Grout Cleaner
Fill a bowl with 1/4 cup chlorine bleach. Add 3/4 cup baking soda to the bowl.
Stir the ingredients with a spoon to form a paste.
Use a rag to rub the paste onto the grout. Allow it to sit for about five minutes.
Scrub the grout with a toothbrush to loosen tough buildup and dirt. Rinse the grout clean with plain water.
Borax and Ammonia Grout Cleaner
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon warm water. Add 2 tbsp. borax powder and 2 tbsp. ammonia.
Stir the ingredients with a long-stemmed spoon until the borax has completely dissolved.
Wash the shower tile grout with a rag, scrub brush or toothbrush dipped into the solution. Rinse the grout with plain water.
Vinegar, Ammonia and Baking Soda Grout Cleaner
Fill a bucket with 7 cups water. Add 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup white vinegar.
Stir the ingredients with a long-stemmed spoon. Make sure the baking soda has dissolved completely into the liquid.
Scrub the shower tile grout with a rag, scrub brush or toothbrush dipped into the solution. Rinse the grout with plain water.
Tips & Warnings
- Test the grout cleaner you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the grout to check for any changes in the color of the grout.
- Never mix bleach and ammonia or products containing these ingredients. The results could be toxic.
- Wear rubber gloves and old clothing that covers your arms and legs when working with bleach or ammonia. Work in a well-ventilated area.
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