‘Homemade solution’ that works like ‘magic’ on stained shower grout

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Cleaning hacks: How to clean grout with baking soda

Grout keeps tiles in the bathroom in place and stops water from getting into cracks, but it can be a nightmare to clean. Grout is porous so it stains, traps dirt and soap scum, and can grow mould and mildew. The bathroom is a place for relaxing and cleaning yourself, so households don’t want to be staring at mouldy or dirty grout while having a shower. After trialing out a few grout cleaning methods, one cleaning enthusiast took to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page to share a method that works like “magic”.

Posting before and after results of her shower grout, Stephanie Amber wrote: “Hi everyone. I have always had this horrible yellow tint on the shower walls and I have never been able to get them clean.

“Last night I decided to try spraying Elbow Grease and leaving overnight, however it still didn’t budge this morning. 

“Then I remembered reading somewhere (probably this page) baking soda and white vinegar works well on stubborn grout. 

“So I made a homemade solution of baking soda and white vinegar and started scrubbing. It worked like magic. Probably needs another scrubbing but I’m pleased for a first attempt”.

Taking to the comments section, group members were also fans of using baking soda and white vinegar to clean grout, whether it be to use them together or on their own.

Tina Powell said: “I love this combination. I coat the area with bicarbonate of soda then soak the kitchen roll with white vinegar on top and leave a while. Rinse well afterwards.”

Emma Bradshaw wrote: “Baking soda and white vinegar is a way better alternative to bleach and it’s so much safer to use.”

Rebecca Stevens commented: “My grout goes yellow. I just add baking soda mixed with water to it and leave for 10 minutes. Then all you have to do is brush it off with a toothbrush.”

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Sarah Hawkins replied: “I use baking soda on its own too, works perfectly well. Just mix it with enough water to form a paste and let it sit on the grout for 10 to 15 minutes. Then scrub the paste over the grout.”

Baking soda is mildly abrasive so it helps to remove the dirt that is stuck in the porous grout surfaces without causing any damage.

White vinegar is also an effective grout cleaner due to its acidic nature and should only need 10 minutes to work.

Bathroom cleaning experts at the Big Bathroom Shop claimed that “the best way” to keep grout looking in top condition is to spray down the shower with a one to one ratio of vinegar and water mix before stepping out of the shower. 

They said: “Label the bottle ‘shower spay’ and keep it in the shower enclosure. Simply spray two or three times a week for best results.”

To clean tile grout with vinegar and baking soda, fill a spray bottle with a one to one solution of vinegar and water. 

Spray the area generously and let the solution sit for about five minutes, then scrub with the grout brush or a scrub brush. 

A toothbrush is also ideal if households don’t have either of these. Rinse with clean, warm water.

After, take a small bowl and make a paste with the baking soda and water. Dip the toothbrush or grout brush into the paste and work it into the grout.

Spray the area with the vinegar and water solution. The vinegar causes the baking soda to bubble up and starts working away at the dirt and grime. 

Use the brush and get into all the grout lines to remove build-up. Apply more of the mixture letting it set again, if the grout is still dirty. 

Use a damp cloth or mop to wipe off the remaining paste. Finish the job by going over the entire tiled area with spray cleaner and wipe down with a clean cloth or mop. 

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