Make a DIY Grout Cleaner Out of Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda


How to Clean Grout: DIY Grout Cleaner

Learn how to clean grout naturally with a DIY recipe! After many tries, this homemade grout cleaner is the best way to clean between tiles.

Prep Time
20 minutes
Sit & Scrub Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 20 minutes
1 floor
Estimated Cost

How to maximize the effect of homemade grout cleaners

  • Let the solution sit if needed. Rapinchuk’s general rule of thumb is not to let any paste mixture sit and harden or discolor the tile. Instead, spread on the paste, scrub immediately, then rinse with hot water. The exception is if you’re using hydrogen peroxide (or a thin solution) to lighten grout — or if you’re treating mildew — let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
  • Use hot water. When you rinse your solutions after scrubbing, the water should be steaming hot. Rapinchuk recommends as “hot as you could stand.”
  • Tailor the mixture to the room. Your bathroom, shower, and kitchen may require different grout treatments.”If I’m using a paste, it’s going to be in a shower where I can easily rinse that down,” she says. “If I’m cleaning the kitchen floor, that’s a larger area that’s harder to effectively rinse away a paste, so I’m going to probably do a steam method for that — or soap and water with a floor mop.” And if you’re going for a deep clean instead of a light one, using a paste mixture will remove the most dirt.
  • Seasonal upkeep goes a long way. While Rapinchuk advises mopping floors every week to sustain the grout cleaning, you only need to scrub your grout two to four times a year, depending on how dirty it gets.


The Best Homemade Tile Grout Cleaner

There’s plenty of fancy homemade grout cleaner recipes out there, but they are not all created equally! Some might be effective, but they require 6 or more ingredients and take time to measure and mix.

Nope… no-one has time for that! I want a grout cleaner that is quick, easy and effective.

As I mentioned above, I’ve tried so many different homemade store-bought grout cleaners. Some of them were good, some of them were a complete waste of time and money!

This DIY grout cleaner is by far the most effective and easiest to use!

It’s super easy to make. I just mix it up in a bowl or jug when I need it and pour/spread it into the grout lines.

The grout cleaner is made from the following:

  • 1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 Part Baking Soda
  • A few drops of Dish Soap

Let’s talk a little about these ingredients and why they are such awesome grout cleaners!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing cleaning product that you can use all over your house (I use it to clean mattress stains!). It’s a great alternative to bleach, it brightens, sanitizes, and breaks down the yucky stuff!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common component in homemade cleaners and there’s a good reason for that! It’s a great abrasive cleaner! Together with your scrub brush, it will help absorb and lift the dirt from the grout lines.

Dish Soap

This is an optional ingredient, but it is especially helpful for kitchen tile floors. The dish soap helps to breakdown and release any grease and grime in the grout lines.

DIY Cleaner Home Remedies for Dirty Grout

Home remedies are often the best solutions for getting rid of the mold and bacteria that grow around the grout. Some effective substances that are probably in your home include white vinegar, water, dish soap, and various scrubbing tools.

One of the best ways to prevent grout mold with a home remedy is by using chlorine bleach. Here’s how it works:

  1. Using a wide scrubbing brush, dip it into a solution of one part bleach to 4 parts water. 
  2. Scrub the solution all over the grout, let it sit for about half an hour, and wipe it down with a damp rag. 
  3. Don’t forget to dry it off when you’re done.

Blood Stains

If you get a bloodstain on your clothing or bedding, having a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy is a quick and easy fix. Once a bloodstain sets in it’s really hard to get out, so always deal with it ASAP. As soon as you notice a bloodstain, remove the garment, pour a little bit of hydrogen peroxide onto the area, and you should notice almost immediately that that bloodstain starts to dissipate. You might even notice some bubbling—that’s a good thing! Let this sit for a minute and then rinse it off with cool water. Repeat this until the stain is gone, then launder the item as usual.

4. Homemade Tub, Tile Grout Cleaner Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

As time goes on, it’s only natural for grout

As time goes on, it’s only natural for grout to change color from exposure to dirt and dust. It can, unfortunately, make even the nices of floors look poor but all that can be fixed by simply mixing 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.

Recipe via mycleaningsolutions

For milder stains: Castile soap

According to Rapinchuk, if your shower grout is only moderately dirty, Castile soap is a simple solution to scrub and rinse. “It’s plant-based so it’s not going to give you any soap scum,” she says.

Makeup Sponges Blenders

For those of us who wear makeup, we know that we have to clean our beauty tools on a somewhat regular basis. If you’re someone that uses sponges to apply your makeup, these can be really hard to clean. What I would recommend for that is to, first and foremost, clean them with soapy water. Then, you can do a soak for about 10 minutes in a 3 to 1 solution—3 parts water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for about 10 minutes. This is going to help kill any acne-causing bacteria that you definitely want to get rid of. Now, for brushes, you can clean those in soapy water as well, and then you can spray them with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide, leave it for a minute or 2, rinse, and dry.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide Oven Cleaner Recipe

I love to bake. It can be 12 am and if the craving

I love to bake. It can be 12 am and if the cravings hit, you’ll find me in the kitchen whipping up some cookies or even a pizza. But, I hate cleaning the oven. It’s a catch 22 situation for me. Thankfully, mixing hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, dishwashing soap, and lemon makes a badass cleaner that’s second to none for cleaning ovens.

Recipe via popsugar

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