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How to Make DIY Grout Cleaner

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Easy Way to Make DIY Grout Cleaner

Nothing can ruin the look of your clean tiles faster than dirty grout. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to get your grout naturally clean when you make this DIY grout cleaner.

Making a Homemade Grout Cleaner

While this DIY tile floor cleaner does a great job of making my tiles shine and this homemade tub and shower cleaner is one of the best natural mold cleaners I’ve ever found, I noticed that the grout between the tiles was starting to look a little dingy.

I wanted to avoid store-bought grout cleaners because I was afraid they were filled with dangerous and toxic chemicals. Sure enough, I was right.

Are Store-Bought Grout Cleaners Dangerous?

Before you run out and buy a product from the store to clean your dirty grout, consider what types of dangerous ingredients you might be exposing yourself and your family to.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives both Granite Gold Grout Cleaner and Tilex Tile and Grout Gel Pen an “F” grade because of concerns about cancer, asthma and respiratory issues, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and skin irritation and allergies.

Some of the dangerous ingredients included in these two grout cleaners include:

  • 2-Butoxyethanol– Concerns about digestive system effects, blood-related effects, cancer, nervous system effects, respiratory effects, and general effect on organs.
  • Sodium Metasilicate– Concerns about respiratory effects.
  • Sodium Hypochlorite– Concerns about aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, damage to vision, and skin irritation and damage.
  • Alumina– Concerns about respiratory effects and skin irritation and damage.

And these are just some of the ingredients in these cleaners. There are many others that can cause all types of health problems for you and your family.

Related: The Scary Truth About Toxins in Cleaning Products

How to Make DIY Grout Cleaner

So, now you understand why you should avoid store-bought grout cleaners. But you still want to get your grout clean.

Fortunately, you can easily make your own homemade grout cleaner that’s less toxic and less expensive than store-bought cleaners. Even better, you can make this DIY grout cleaner using a few simple and natural ingredients that you likely already have in your cabinets.



  1. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients until they’re thoroughly combined and become a paste-like consistency.
  3. Scoop the mixture into the small squeeze bottle.
  4. Squirt the mixture onto your grout and wait 10 minutes.
  5. Use a scrub brush to clean the grout.
  6. Use an organic unbleached cotton unpaper towel and some water to wipe the area clean.

Does Homemade Grout Cleaner Work?

While it’s nice that this homemade grout cleaner is so easy to make and use, I know what you really care about is whether or not it works. In this case, I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Dirty grout before using DIY grout cleaner
Dirty grout while using DIY grout cleaner
Clean grout after using DIY grout cleaner

As you can see, there’s a big difference in color between the grout I didn’t clean and the grout I did clean.

In fact, in this next picture, you can clearly see where I stopped cleaning the vertical line of grout and where I hadn’t yet cleaned the horizontal line of grout.

Grout cleaned with DIY grout cleaner

DIY Cleaning Products Recipe Cards and Labels

I love cleaning with natural products. But one of the hardest parts for me was remembering how to make each product. If you feel the same way, you’re in luck!

Natural cleaning recipe cards

This awesome DIY cleaning product bundle comes with over 25 recipe cards and labels for natural cleaning products you can use around your home. It also includes a guide on my favorite essential oil cleaning blends and a cheat sheet on the natural cleaning ingredients you should never mix together.

Thanks to this bundle, you’ll find it easier than ever to make your own DIY cleaning products and get your home clean the natural way!

Important Notes About This DIY Grout Cleaner

These two ingredients work wonders on dirty grout because the baking soda helps remove hard water buildup and tough stains, and the hydrogen peroxide helps cut through residue, remove discolorations, and clean and brighten.

I recommend using the small squeeze bottle because it makes this DIY grout cleaner simpler to use and easier to store. It also makes it easier to apply the grout cleaner to vertical surfaces, like a shower wall.

If your skin is sensitive to baking soda, I also suggest you wear a pair of rubber cleaning gloves to help prevent any irritation.

Are you wondering why I recommend only using organic unbleached cotton unpaper towels for cleaning? Then be sure to check out the important difference between cotton and microfiber.

More Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips

Now that you see how easy it is to make DIY grout cleaner, are you interested in even more excellent eco-friendly cleaning tips? Then be sure to check out some of these other popular posts:

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