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DIY Grout & Tile Cleaner

Updated on April 1, 2015

If you’ve ever taken the time to study the amount of chemicals in products that we use daily, both on our skin and around our house, then it’s likely that your jaw is permanently dragging on the floor in disbelief and utter shock, and possible because it is stuck that way from all of the chemicals. (Joking!)

Really though, the vast majority of the chemicals on the market and in a countless number of products are not tested before being released, because they don’t have to be.

You’re probably wondering how a chemical would make it onto the market without being adequately tested for effects on at least our health; truth is, companies are supposed to report new chemicals to the EPA but don’t have to provide safety data, and it is the EPA’s job to disallow such chemicals within 90 days if they see a potential issue.

If nothing is done in that 90 day period, the chemical is ultimately allowed to be used in anything and everything. Scary, right?


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Now that you have been enlightened, you should really begin to take a closer look at the chemicals you use to clean your home, and the chemicals in your cosmetics and personal care items.

There is an epidemic of horrible health issues that have plagued the United States, but is anyone looking into chemical poisoning as a potential factor? Perhaps we need to begin taking a much closer look.

There is one thing that you can do for yourself and your family, and that is to switch your cleaners from chemicals to good, old-fashioned natural cleaners.

You will not only know what you are handling, but you will have the peace of mind knowing what you are using is not hazardous, costs much less, and is better on your health and the health of the environment.

What You'll Need

The purpose of this article is to provide you with information on an effective and natural homemade grout cleaner, but the recipe works well as a tile cleaner and all-purpose cleaner when used in different ways.

This is all you need:

  • 1 cup of baking soda

  • 2 cups of vinegar

  • 1 cup of water

  • Bucket

  • Scrub Brush (Or a deck scrubber if you’re feeling fancy!)

  • Toothbrush (if you’re only doing the grout)

Now, there are a few different ways you can do this, and it all depends on the job. If you plan on doing your entire tile flooring, this mixture is not recommended for tiles that have a polish sealant on them, nor is it recommended for travertine.

For a full tile floor, there are two methods:


Method 1

  • Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Sprinkle baking soda around the floor, you may need more.
  • Area by area, spray the vinegar mixture onto the area you are working on.
  • Use your scrub brush or deck scrubber to lift the dirt.

If the grout is extra dirty, consider more scrubbing, or getting down with that toothbrush!

Method 2

  • Mix all ingredients into the bucket, making sure the bucket is big enough so that the mixture doesn’t foam over.
  • Dip scrub brush or deck scrubber into the bucket and scrub away!

Sometimes when we clean our floors, we neglect the grout. Now, this won’t hurt anything skipping over it every once in a while, but if it becomes a habit, that grout can really look nasty!

If you were considering changing your entire floor, you might be surprised at just how nice and new it can look by simply cleaning the grout and restoring it to it’s original beauty. This is where the homemade grout cleaner comes in!

Homemade Grout Cleaner

  • Mix ingredients together, adding more baking soda to form a paste
  • Using a toothbrush, dip it into the mixture.
  • Scrub mixture into grout in fine, circular motions.

If you don't want to make your own grout cleaner, try TECH grout cleaner. It's made with no harsh chemicals and is odorless and 100% biodegradable!

Yes, it takes a lot of work and elbow grease, but think about how much cleaner and brighter your home will look! Not to mention that it was all accomplished without the use of harsh chemicals, doesn’t break the bank, and won’t affect your health! Be your family’s own Environmental “Protection” Agency.

How to Clean Grout


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