We are going to talk about how to get your tiles and grout clean using natural products that are not only effective but cost saving too!
For those of you who have been around this site for a while, you’ll know that both Em and I try to use natural products where we can.
We recently got asked how to clean white grout and tiles using natural products.
White grout can be a pain to clean as it is porous and will easily discolour. It’s incredibly frustrating if you like to keep things looking clean and like new. Recently, I retiled my kitchen with white subway tiles and opted for black grout to specifically avoid this issue. Plus, the contrast looks great.
However, I do have light coloured grout on my bathroom and laundry floors. I’m really kicking myself as I re-grouted these areas about 2 years ago and just used the same light grey colour that was already there. I should have chosen a darker colour as the floors are high traffic areas and get incredibly dirty, especially through winter. Lesson learnt.
So, to clean floor tiles you’ll need the following:
- Liberally sprinkle the bicarb onto the floor – don’t be skimpy
- Add a little water (just enough to make the bicarb into a paste)
- Scrub with a broom. If you have a big area to do, like the kitchen or living space then do this in sections.
- Now, add a splash of vinegar to your bucket and fill with water. Mop the area with the solution – you may need to go over this a couple of times as the bicarb can leave a residue behind if not cleaned up properly. You can also add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to help cut through the grime.
My bathroom area is quite small so I love using an all-in-one solution. This I pop into a spray bottle and I use this to clean the whole bathroom.
The solution is:
dishwashing liquid (I use Earth Choice as this is the safest for my septic system)
In the spray bottle, I add a splash of vinegar, a small squirt of dishwashing liquid and top up with water. I then spray the floor with the solution and use a scrubbing brush to give the grout a good clean, then mop over as normal.
The solution above is great and is what I use to clean my whole bathroom (sink, bath and shower).
The biggest tip I can give you to keep your grout clean, especially when it’s a light colour, is to clean it regularly. As the grout is absorbent, leaving dirt and grime over the surface allows the grout to take in the discolouration, making it harder to clean. So, a light clean more often will help reduce staining, at least once a week, and it’ll stay looking clean and fresh.
If your tiles/bath/shower are super grimy, you’ll need to give them a deep clean first. After they’re cleaned thoroughly, you can just use the light cleaning solution above to keep on top of things. So, for a deep clean you’ll need:
whole lemon (fresh, cut into halves)
Sprinkle the bicarb on the lemon half and scrub the tiles. The acid from the lemon and the abrasiveness of the bicarb will lift and remove any grime build up and will smell nice too.
Pour over some vinegar and watch it bubble, then give the whole area a good rinse with water to ensure that you have removed all of the bicarb. The vinegar smell shouldn’t linger once it’s dried, but you can add a few drops of essential oils to give the area a nice fresh smell if you like. Oils like lavender, lemon, eucalyptus or tea tree are great, and can usually be purchased from the supermarket. But it’s totally optional.
If you’ve tried everything to get your floor tiles and grout clean and nothing has worked, then it is possible that they were not sealed correct (or at all) when they were laid. You can fix this by sealing them now after they’re thoroughly cleaned and dried, but they only work on certain tiles. Here’s a link to Bunnings website with a few different sealers you could try. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
I hope that you give this eco-friendly, budget saving, cleaning option a try. For more tips on cleaning green, check out our post Green Cleaning.
If you have any other questions, or want to know an easy and more natural way to get things cleaned around your home, then please leave a comment below. We would love to help.
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