How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner

Want a simple trick for cleaning grout in your shower, bath, or kitchen? This is the absolute BEST homemade grout cleaner; just baking soda and bleach!


Want a simple trick for cleaning grout in your shower, bath, or kitchen? This homemade grout cleaner works great and it only requires 2 ingredients: baking soda and bleach. If you want to see how easy it is to clean your grout, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the video!

When we moved into our apartment it wasn’t very clean. I already shared my 5 minute microwave steam cleaning tip, but another area that needed serious cleaning was the bathroom. The grout was disgusting! But after cleaning it with this homemade grout cleaner, it looks brand new again!

before and after collage of white tile with dirty grout and white tile with clean grout and text "2 Ingredient Homemade Grout Cleaner"

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There are tons of recipes out there for homemade grout cleaner, but I wanted an effective one that wasn’t too hard to make. I ended up with this grout cleaner recipe which only has 2 ingredients, and it worked great!

Want some other great cleaning tips?! Check these out!

How To Make Homemade Grout Cleaner

  • 30 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 15 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 45 minutes (total project time)

Tools For Cleaning Grout

DIY Grout Cleaner Ingredients

bottle of bleach, baking soda, and scrub brush sitting on the edge of a bathtub

Grout Cleaning Instructions

This is what the grout looked like when we moved in. Gross!!!

white tile wall with dirty black grout lines and orange hard water stains

Mix the baking soda and bleach together in the bowl until it forms a thick paste. Apply the paste to the dirty grout lines and let it sit for 30 minutes.

white tile wall with baking soda and bleach grout cleaner paste covering dirty black grout and orange hard water stains

The bleach will do most of the work just sitting there, but after 10-15 minutes, scrub it with your scrub brush to really work the cleaner deeper into the grout.

Wait another 10-15 minutes and then rinse the cleaner off. If you have a handheld shower head, use that; otherwise just use a damp rag and rinse it out often as you wipe the cleaner away.

Remember, grout does sometimes turn darker when it’s wet. So if you’re not totally impressed with how sparkling white your grout is right when you finish rinsing it, wait a few hours until it dries!

white tile wall with clean white grout and no orange hard water stains

I am so happy with how CLEAN everything is now!

before and after collage of white tile with dirty grout and white tile with clean grout

Just a few important notes:

  1. You’re using bleach. Make sure you are wearing old clothes or something you don’t care about. I figured it wouldn’t splatter so I didn’t change before doing this, and now my jeans have white spots all over them! There is a surprising amount of splatter, even if you’re careful. So just change first.
  2. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from irritation.
  3. Open a window or wear a respirator to protect your nose, mouth, and lungs.
  4. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from irritation.
  5. And if you use a washcloth or rag to wipe the cleaner off, make sure it’s something that’s okay to be bleached.

When we bought our house, I decided to clean the grout in the bathroom and the grout in the kitchen floor using this same recipe. Luckily the grout in the house wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been in the apartment, but it still needed a good cleaning. I put together a quick video to show you just how easy it is!

How’s the state of your bathroom grout? Or in your kitchen, if you have tile on the floor or in your back-splash? I’m really liking these make-it-yourself cleaning recipes because they work just as well and it means I don’t have 30 different types of chemical cleaners laying around! We have been using homemade borax free laundry soap for almost a year now and we absolutely love it! It’s cheap, non-toxic, and works better than commercial detergent!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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