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2 Ingredient Grout Cleaner

Updated on April 30, 2015

Who likes cleaning things the hard way?

Not this girl. Anything that makes cleaning something easier and faster gets this girl's attention. Now, raise your hand if you have grout in your home, and you hate trying to clean it... {{raises hand}}. And who really cleans it as much as they should? Let's be real. A lot of us don't.

My grout is especially difficult to keep clean. First off, when I moved into my house, it was pretty apparent that the grout had never been cleaned. Also, the tile is on my countertop, making it almost impossible to keep clean. I spill something on it, and if it isn't cleaned up right away, I have another stain on the grout. Especially with having 2 children who LOVE to drink red juice, and spill it....oh man, it is never ending.

I bet a lot of people who have tile and grout in their homes hate how hard it is to keep clean. Because honestly, if the grout looks dirty, the tile looks dirty. You can spend hours cleaning it, and it never gets any whiter. Well, I always felt this way, that is until I found this great recipe for a 2 ingredient grout cleaner. I already had both items in my cupboard! And even if you don't already have them, both items usually cost under $1 each.

What you'll need

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Something to apply the mixture with
  • A container to stir the mixture in
  • 1 hour of waiting time

My tile

One particular reason that I am a fan of this grout cleaner, is because I suppose it is considered "green". Baking soda is a very common ingredient in most cleaners but it is also something that is safe to consume. Hydrogen Peroxide could be considered a little more harsh, but it is something that we use to clean cuts and scrapes, so I would say that it is definitely not as harsh as using a typical cleaner.

Now, my tile is actually on my kitchen counter, which means it gets dirty VERY easily. This mixture works on grout no matter where it is placed though. Below is a photo that shows what the grout looked like before I used the mixture on it. Please ignore the spot where the grout is actually eroding, as I cannot seem to get the stains out of the creases.

Lets get started!

How much you will need of each ingredient will depend on how large the area is that you're trying to clean. I only used about a half a box of baking soda, and perhaps 1/3 of the bottle of hydrogen peroxide. (Side Note: Please check out my blog called Fumeless Oven Cleaner, which is also a "green" cleaner)

Pour the baking soda into the bowl or container that you're using. Then slowly add the hydrogen peroxide, I usually ad about a TBSP at a time, until a medium-thickness paste has formed. The paste needs to be thick, but not so thick that you cannot easily spread it, and not so thin that is more of a liquid. The coarseness of the baking soda in a paste is a major help when you're scrubbing the tile.


Now, take whatever tool you are using to apply the mixture to the tile, and start spreading the mixture onto the grout. I like using silicone brushes because I feel like they make it the easiest to "paint" the mixture onto the grout, without getting it all over the tile. The silicone bristles are really easy to maneuver and control, and they can be easily picked up at the dollar store. The grout should look something like the below photo when you're finished.

Time to wait!

The mixture should sit on the grout for just about an hour before you start cleaning it. I love that about halfway through, the mixture starts to turn color because it is getting all the grime off of the grout. It's also kind of fun to watch the hydrogen peroxide bubble up because then you know it is working (hehe).

When the hour has passed, it is time to scrub the tile. And I say that very lightly. You have to put very little elbow grease into the scrubbing. When scrubbing the grout, be sure to use the rough side of the sponge. Like I said before, the coarseness of the baking soda really helps with the scrubbing. It really only takes me about 5 minutes to do the whole countertop.

When you're finished scrubbing the grout, just wipe the mixture off. This takes a little bit of time because of how thick the mixture is. I usually wash it off with water about 4 times and then use a spray cleaner to clean the countertop for good, to make sure the baking soda is totally off.

And that's it!

The finished product

Below is my "after" picture. I honestly feel these pictures do not do it any justice. The grout is so much more white! And now, I can move on with my day.

I usually attempt to clean my grout every couple of weeks, so that any stains do not set in.

You're done!

That's it! Easy enough, right? What do you think? Have you ever seen a cleaner like this before? I really hope that this mixture works for you!


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    • Ashley M Olsen profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashley Olsen 

      3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Yeah, there's something strangely satisfying about watching the grime bubble up from the peroxide :) good luck!

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Totally cool... I've used baking soda but not with peroxide. I'm going to try this.


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