What Are the Best Ways to Clean Grout?

Grout is a porous material that often gets dirty from things like mold, mildew, and soap scum.

The texture of this material makes it difficult to clean because these items can get in between the cracks and crevices- but not for long! 

Here are some tips on how you can clean this household item with ease.

This method should work on most grout cleaning jobs:

scrubbing grout

1) Create a mixture of 1/2 cup bleach, 1 quart water and 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol then soak an old sponge or cloth.

2) Use the mixture to scrub all over grout lines then rinse off with warm water when done.

3) Sprinkle baking soda over wet tile where you want to remove tough stains (such as oil-based products).

4) Wait 5 minutes then wash the baking soda off with clean water.


If the grout is still dirty, try using one of the following: 

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  1. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

This is one of the easiest DIY cleaning recipes out there, and it works wonders for your grout! Just take equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, mix them together, and brush onto tile grout lines using either an old toothbrush or the scrub brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Leave for a few minutes, then come back and rinse off thoroughly with water.

  1. Use White Vinegar

White vinegar is not only great for cleaning out clogged drains, but it also helps clean grout as well! Just pour some white vinegar onto a magic eraser and scrub. It’s that easy!

  1. Baking Soda and White Vinegar Paste

Here’s another easy mixture you can make to clean grout – baking soda, white vinegar, and liquid dish soap. Just mix equal parts of baking soda, liquid dish soap, and white vinegar together until it forms a paste about the consistency of toothpaste, and then apply it to your grout. Leave for a few minutes and come back and scrub thoroughly with a toothbrush (ideally one that’s been run through the dishwasher), or you can also use an old toothbrush if you don’t have one. Rinse off any residue with water.

  1. Cream of Tartar

This is a great trick for getting rid of tough grout stains. Just mix equal parts cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide together, and put this on your grout problems areas. Leave for a few minutes, come back with a toothbrush, and scrub until they’re gone!

Chemicals can etch or damage grout over time, so using natural methods whenever possible is always a good idea.

These tips will help get your grout looking like new again- without any harsh chemicals!


If you need to remove stubborn stains on grout or just want your grout looking like new again, these tips should help. Using natural methods whenever possible is always a good idea because chemicals can etch and damage the material over time- but not for long!  Grout is easy to clean with household items when following our simple steps.