Cooktop Cove: 7 tips for cleaning bathroom tile grout so that it shines like new
By Jacinta M. Carter
If you have tile in your shower or around your bathtub, then you know how difficult it is to keep the tile grout clean. You try to clean it along with the tiles, but just can't seem to get all of the gunk out of those grooves.
Never fear! We've got a few tips to make cleaning your grout easier. Whether you're trying to scrub away stains or kill off some mold spores, we've got you covered. So grab your cleaning supplies, decide which tip works best for you and get scrubbing!
1. Scrubbing Bubbles
Make sure you start by getting rid of the top layer of soap scum by wiping over the tile with a damp cloth. Then spray Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bleach cleaner on the tiles. Use an old toothbrush or a scrub brush to scrub the grout between the tiles and then wipe everything dry with a towel.
2. Baking soda & vinegar
Combine a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray it all over your shower tile, leave it for about 5 minutes and then scrub the grout with an old toothbrush or a scrub brush. Rinse the vinegar away with warm water and then smear your grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub the paste into the grout before spraying the area again with your vinegar and water combo. Let the paste bubble up a little and then scrub some more. Rinse with warm water again and you're all done.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
If the grout between your tiles is stained, then hydrogen peroxide is your best option. The quickest way to clean with hydrogen peroxide is to spray it directly onto the grout, let it soak in for a few minutes and then rinse it away with warm water. For exceptionally bad stains, though, you should make a paste from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to scrub into the grout.
4. Borax & lemon juice
Combine 1/4 cup borax, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, and a few squirts of liquid soap. Mix them together until they form a paste. With an old toothbrush or a scrub brush, scrub the paste into your grout and let it set for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
5. Bleach & baking soda
If you're dealing with extremely tough grout stains and don't mind the inevitable smell, then you should consider bringing out the bleach. Mix 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of bleach until they form a paste, which you'll smear onto the grout and leave for 15 minutes. When the time is up, scrub the paste into the grout with a scrub brush, leave it for 15 more minutes and then rinse it away with warm water.
6. Limescale remover
When dealing with moldy grout lines, a little more scrubbing is required. To get rid of the mold, start by spraying limescale remover onto the grout. Then squirt a pretty good amount of Fairy Liquid onto the rough side of a sponge. By scrubbing your grout lines with this combination, you should be able to remove all of the surface dirt and any living mold spores.
7. Salt
Another way to get rid of mold growing in your grout lines is to dehydrate it with salt. Though it seems counterproductive, you need the grout to be wet when you apply the salt. Rub a damp cloth along your grout lines and then scrub coarse salt into the grout. Leave it overnight and then rinse it away in the morning.
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