How to clean grout naturally

I am sensitive to traditional cleaning products. So it's not so surprising that cleaning my poorly ventilated bathroom was difficult for me. Once, while trying to clean the grout in my shower, I actually broke out in a rash and had trouble breathing after using a manufactured grout cleaner. The next day, I decided that all those bottled cleaners had to go. Since then, I've been using natural household products to do all of my cleaning - even in the bathroom. Thankfully, through some trial and error, I've found a pretty simple way to keep even the grout clean that only uses baking soda and white vinegar. Here is how I do it.

Supplies you'll need:

Baking soda

White vinegar

Spray bottle


White towels



Step one: Before you can clean with white vinegar, you need to dilute it in water. The simplest way I've found to do this is to pour about ¼ cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle and fill the remainder with water. Once the bottle is full, replace the cap and shake well.

Step two: I've found it's easier to clean the grout if I clean the shower tiles first. To do so, spray every tile with a light coating of the vinegar mixture. Allow the vinegar to sit for one minute and then wipe it off with a clean towel.

Step three: After cleaning the shower tiles, I use baking soda to scrub the grout. First I add about one cup of baking soda into a small bowl. Then I add just enough water to moisten the baking soda and mix gently to create a paste. Finally I use the toothbrush to apply a layer of the paste over the entire surface area of the grout.

Step four: You'll have to do a bit of scrubbing after applying the baking soda. I use the toothbrush to rub at the grout in a back and forth motion until the baking soda paste starts to foam. This usually takes about 30 seconds per tile. Repeat that for each tile you're cleaning. After you finish scrubbing, let the mixture sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step five: Finally, I spray the baking soda paste down with hot water. I've found just running the shower is enough to wipe off most of the baking soda. After I let the shower run for a few minutes, I wipe the grout down with a towel and viola - a clean shower without the use of a harsh cleaner.

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