Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar: Grout Saver (Mom Made Easy)

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Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar - Grout Saver

Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar

I’ve seen some fabulous ideas on Pinterest. I shared 5 baking soda uses with you. But there was one I wasn’t completely sold on. No matter how many times I saw it pinned on Pinterest. Even before and after photos couldn’t convince me. I didn’t believe that I could see such amazing changes in my tile grout by cleaning with baking soda and vinegar.

Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar

Giving Tile Grout New Life

All I did was grab the baking soda and vinegar out of the cabinet. We already have both and usually do. That’s what makes this an easy and natural way to clean. So I mixed up a little paste and chose a spot in our miles of kitchen and laundry room tile to give it a go. We have a lot of tile and I knew it was dirty. I’m not in denial of that.

Cleaning Grout with Baking Soda & Vinegar

So there it is. A tiny stretch of tile in the center of our kitchen. We clean! We really do! It was like this when we bought the house last year. The house is over 40 years old and while I don’t think the tile is quite that old, it’s definitely not brand new. So I knew the grout was dirty. I didn’t think that grout was usually dark gray.

Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar in the Kitchen

I put some of the baking soda and vinegar paste on the grout and let it sit. I had read some directions online about letting it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. It didn’t mention scrubbing at all. I will admit that I did do a little bit of scrubbing with an old toothbrush. I just couldn’t resist.

I knew some cleaning was happening because the paste turned a little bit darker. It started turning gray. Something good had to be happening!

Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar After Shot

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar Works

Do you see that photo? It’s a bit embarrassing to see just how dirty the grout was but I am so thrilled with how well the baking soda and vinegar worked! I was skeptical but the proof is in the pictures! The before is at the top of the shot and then after is from the middle down to the intersection of grout. It’s a completely different color!

Now my next step is to figure out how I can clean all of the grout in my kitchen and laundry room. I don’t think there is enough time in my life to do it all with a toothbrush and a little bit of paste. So I’m working on that plan now.

Oh and I also discovered another great use for baking soda and vinegar that I will share with you next week!

Have you tried cleaning with baking soda and vinegar? What did you clean?

Comments

  1. says

    Ok, to be honest, I didn’t think your floors were that bad and didn’t expect to see much of a difference in the before and after photos. But WOW, what a difference!!

    You need one of those large pushbrooms, you know, like you would use to sweep out your garage or something. Mix up a whole bunch of paste in a bucket, poor it on, and use the pushbroom to push it around and scrub. You could probably do it with a mop as well, but it wouldn’t have as much scrubbing power as something with bristles! Good luck!
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    • Mariah says

      Thanks for the great tip, Brandi! I really didn’t want to do the entire kitchen and laundry room with a toothbrush. But I love the difference so I want to clean it!

    • Brenda says

      I just tried it and it is the biggest mess EVER I think I will have baking soda grit on my floor forever. And the grout is still not perfectly clean.

  2. says

    Great post! Yes, I like cleaning grout with vinegar and baking soda, because first of all, it is natural, no chemicals . which means its free of harsh odors that sends us into choking spells. It also saves money, because we have these ingredients in our kitchen, and there’s no need to buy a commercial cleaner from the store. Most importantly, it disinfects and kills germs, whitens the grout, and makes it sparkling again. Thanks for sharing your post!
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  3. joe says

    White vinager and baking work great in fiberglass showers too. Spray walls and floors with a even mix of hot water and vinager, sprinkle on baking soda and let sit for 10 min. then scrub.

  4. cherylb says

    I don’t even make a paste. I squirt the vinegar on the grout and then sprinkle the baking soda on and stand back and watch it work! I guess you could rub it lightly with a bigger brush to help it out :)

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