DIY Apartment Grout Cleaning
It doesn’t matter how much you scrub your bathroom or kitchen, if the grout is stained, it never looks quite clean enough. There are tons of grout cleaning products on the market today. Some are much more expensive than others and most all contain extremely harsh chemicals. These chemicals are suspected to exacerbate breathing disorders. You can create you’re a gentler DIY apartment grout cleaner in your own kitchen.
Gentler May Not Safe
Homemade cleaning recipes are usually less expensive and not as harsh as those commercially manufactured. You should still be cautious when dealing with any chemicals. Be sure to grab yourself a couple pairs of latex or rubber gloves before beginning.
Warning: Read the fine print on each ingredient label and familiarize yourself with all safety precautions.
You’ll know exactly which chemicals were used to make your grout cleaner if you concocted it in your own kitchen. Many chemicals are approved by the FDA but may also destroy your tile or finish.
Federal regulations mandate that all ingredients be clearly labeled on food products. These regulations don’t necessarily apply to commercially manufactured products such as household cleaners and hygiene products. In fact, companies can label certain combinations as propriety blends. This applies to herbal supplements as well. For those, manufacturers are required to list all ingredients, but not necessarily proportions.
Simple, Inexpensive Grout Cleaner
It’s really a personal decision whether you make enough for your current grout cleaning project or to last for the next several. If saving money is your only goal, a simple mixture of bleach and baking soda can do wonders for your grout. Bleach is a harsh chemical and caution should be employed while using it for anything. It’s also been said to cause issues for those with breathing disorders.
- 1 ½ Cups Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Bleach
- Clean, Lidded Storage Container
- Ergonomic Scrub Brush
- Mix together to form a paste.
- Apply cleaner to grout and allow to penetrate for about 15 minutes.
- Use a brush to scrub the grout and wait another 15 minutes.
- Rinse clean and allow to dry to examine your handy work.
- Keep in mind, it may be difficult to see the results immediately.
- The color of the grout will lighten as it dries.
Stubborn Stain Solution 1
- ½ Teaspoon Dish Washing Liquid
- 2 Tablespoons Hydrogen Peroxide
- ¼ Cup Fresh Baking Soda
- Combine the ingredients and apply to grout.
- Allow to sit for 10 minutes and rinse clean.
Stubborn Stain Solution 2
- ½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- ½ Cup Baking Soda
- Cover grout thoroughly by sprinkling it with baking soda.
- Spray baking soda covered grout with hydrogen peroxide until wet.
- Allow to rest for 15 minutes and scrub.
- Rinse or wipe clean.
Mix thinner versions of these and use the solution to spray grout as a preventive measure. You can save money and avoid harsh chemicals with other recipes. If you’re on a cleaning mission, check out our tips for toxic a gentler carpet cleaner or one of our spring cleaning articles.