• July 16, 2024

How to whiten grout fast without white vinegar or bleach

Stained grout is something most households will experience if they have tile floors or tiled walls.

So why does grout get so dirty quickly? Well, as grout is porous, it means it can absorb moisture, dirt, and soap scum with ease.

Over time, this accumulation can lead to unsightly discolourations and potential mould growth. 

To restore grout, Jayden Copeland of Back Road Bloom blog has shared her “best DIY grout cleaner”.

She said: “I don’t like to be too dramatic, but this is a miracle. Okay that’s dramatic, but I just want you to know this homemade grout cleaner works well”.

She noted that she didn’t realise how bad the grout in her kitchen was and that she had even forgotten it used to be white as it was currently black.

Jayden claimed that a combination of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap is “the best homemade grout cleaner” as all of those ingredients work together to “clean, whiten, and brighten grout”.

Equipment needed:

  • Small bowl (for mixing ingredients)
  • A toothbrush or handheld scrubbing brush
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Washing up liquid 

Due to its abrasive texture, baking soda is “great at removing dirt and build-up”. It’s not too abrasive though so it shouldn’t cause any damage to your tile or grout.

Because of its whitening properties, hydrogen peroxide can be “helpful in whitening your grout” too.

Hydrogen peroxide is basically water, with an extra molecule of oxygen. This extra molecule oxidizes which is what helps hydrogen peroxide to “kill germs and bleach colour from porous surfaces”.

When it comes to washing up liquid, it works well to clean grease and grime off pretty much anything, so it’s a “great extra boost” in this homemade cleaner.

For this method, combine two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part baking soda. Jayden noted that she started with one cup of baking soda and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

Next, add two teaspoons of washing-up liquid to this and mix well. Work in a small area at a time. Use your hand or a spoon to add a little bit of the cleaner to the grout, and spread it along each line.

Let this sit for five minutes for the solution to get to work. After, use a scrubbing brush to scrub down each grout line. It should only take a few scrubs down each line before you start to see a difference and “you can literally see it whiten and brighten right before your eyes”.

Finally, finish it all off by using a cloth to wipe down the area, using a little bit of dish soap and hot water.

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