How to Clean Tile Grout
Cleaning tile grout is not usually a fun thing to consider doing. There are many natural substances, as well as cleaners which can be purchased for this specific purpose. Tile grout is an area of most homes that needs to be cleaned more often that it is usually cleaned because of the sheer drudgery of this chore. Cleaning tile grout need not be such a chore, since there are several ways to clean it. Natural ways to clean the grout are the items to be covered here. Natural substances which can be safely used to clean tile grout, and kill germs and make the grout white again.
Lemon Juice and Salt
Lemon juice and salt are great cleaners for tile grout. By soaking the grout areas in between the tiles with lemon juice, it will kill the mold and bacteria that tend to invade grout between tiles. This method for cleaning the tile grout is great for kitchens so that there is no danger of chemical contamination of food preparation areas or direct contamination of foods. The first thing to discuss is that a lemon concentrate, such as a real lemon type product or if desired fresh lemons or lemon juice can also be used. If using a bottled lemon product, pour lemon into an empty spray bottle or put in a bowl and either spray, brush or sponge lemon juice onto the grout areas to be cleaned. If using fresh lemons, the lemon can be squeezed and put into a bottle or bowl or other small container, (use plastic due to a reaction which could happen if using metal) or the fresh lemons can be cut in half and and rubbed into the grout areas to be cleaned. pour or squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl of standard table salt. If using fresh lemon, a lemon half can be dipped into the salt directly and then used to rub the stubborn stains from the grout. If using a concentrated or bottled lemon juice, use a toothbrush or other small brush to dip into the salt paste made from the lemon juice and salt. Rub or scrub with brush until clean and then rinse well with warm water on a wash cloth or cleaning cloth.
White Vinegar and Borax
White Vinegar and Borax is a great way to clean tile grout. Just spray or sponge vinegar onto the tile grout areas which need to be cleaned. Make a paste from in a plastic bowl or small bucket or other plastic container from borax and pour enough plain white vinegar into the borax to make a stiff paste. Use a toothbrush or other small, stiff brush, (a nail brush would work well) into the borax and vinegar paste and use to brush or scrub tile grout, the majority of germs and dirt and mold should come off with the vinegar alone, but use the borax paste to get stubborn stains removed. Rinse well with warm water on a cloth or sponge. This method would be great for bathrooms or other areas such as laundry rooms, or tile floors.
Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
Lemon Juice and baking soda is another great cleaner for kitchens tile grouts. The reason it is great is because these substances are edible and will not contaminate food or food preparation areas. Prepare and use lemon as used above in the Lemon juice and salt. Either bottled lemon or fresh lemon can be used in this method as well. Put lemon in spray bottle or use a small plastic or glass bowl and a sponge. (Never use metal, as the metal can react with the lemon juice.) Saturate the grout with the lemon juice, by either spraying or by sponging onto the grout. If using fresh lemons, rub the grout areas to be cleaned with the half lemon. The half lemons can be used to scrub with, as well. Make a paste from about 1-2 cups of baking soda in a bowl or other plastic container and just enough lemon juice to make a thick paste. Using a toothbrush or other small brush, used this paste to scrub stubborn spots from the grout which the lemon alone did not clean. Rinse with warm water on a cloth or a sponge.
These methods are all natural. All items can be purchased at any grocery or convenience store. Borax can be purchased in the laundry area of any grocery store. Borax is a natural substance which has been used for cleaning for many years. Whether using the lemon juice and salt method, or the vinegar and borax method or the lemon juice and baking soda method, the time it takes to clean the grout will be well spent and easy to do. Using natural substances to clean is also better for the environment, and many times cleans more effectively than chemical cleaners.