Tile is a timeless and classic choice for bathrooms and kitchens alike, and many Chicago apartments feature it as a primary material thanks to its non-porous surface and ease of maintenance. However, the grout that fills the spaces between individual tiles does require some routine attention to stay clean and mildew-free. If you're not a fan of harsh or expensive tile cleaning products, these three DIY methods will help you keep your space sparkling clean with less work.
Mix Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap
The best and safest combination of home ingredients for cleaning grout is baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide. This creates a soft scrub texture that lifts dirt without damaging the grout or surrounding tile. There are no harsh chemicals or reactions between the ingredients. Combinations of vinegar and baking soda reduce the effectiveness of both ingredients, while bleach shouldn't be mixed with any other cleaning products. Mix about 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon dish soap at a time for an all-natural grout cleaner.
Grab a Power Scrubber
If toothbrushes and sponges are leaving you with sore wrists and hands as you chase down dozens of feet of grout lines, try a power tool instead. A small handheld power scrubber with a rotating head works great in conjunction with the above cleaning mix to quickly lift years of stains and dirt. You can find these tools at your local hardware store or from many online retailers.
Try Gel Bleach for Stubborn Stains
When encountering a dark patch of grout that won't yield its stains to all-natural cleaning products, choose gel bleach for its sticking ability to quickly whiten the grout. Gel bleach can be applied in very small amounts to avoid any fading or damage to surrounding tiles or other materials like countertops that are below the tile backsplash. The gel is unlikely to drip or run, keeping the chemicals right where they're needed until the stain disappears. Don't mix bleach into any of your DIY cleaning products since it can react with so many ingredients.
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