Knowing how to clean grout with baking soda can mean that you will be able to brighten your home naturally while protecting your family and the environment from toxic cleaning products. Since the average American home currently uses 25 gallons of toxic chemicals per year, it is important to spread the word about green cleaning products, for the sake of our families and the planet.
According to Carolyn Washburn of the Utah State University, baking soda is safe and effective for cleaning.
“A commonly available mineral full of many cleaning attributes, baking soda is made from soda ash, and is slightly alkaline (its pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air. Sprinkled on a damp sponge or cloth, baking soda can be used as a gentle non-abrasive cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks, bathtubs, ovens, and fiberglass. It will eliminate perspiration odors and even neutralize the smell of many chemicals if you add up to a cup per load to the laundry. It is a useful air freshener, and a fine carpet deodorizer.”
How To Clean Grout With Baking Soda
For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on how to clean grout with baking soda. If you have tile and grout in your home, you know what a pain it is to keep clean. The grout just seems to attract dirt and stains, and hold them in. However, cleaning grout with natural products is possible, and we’re going to show you how with a few effective recipes. This list outlines a few homemade grout cleaners that can restore the shine to your kitchen floors, countertops, shower falls, and more.
This first homemade grout cleaner is a relatively mild recipes and can be used on all tile surfaces. It can also be used as a poultice to remove stains from grout and natural stone.
- 3 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup of water
Mix the baking soda into a paste and apply to the dirty grout. Let it dwell for 10 minutes and rinse clean.
This recipe uses vinegar and thus should not be used on marble, limestone or travertine tile.
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup vinegar
To clean floor grout, mix the ingredients together in a small container and apply. Let the solution dwell for 20 minutes and make sure not to let the it dry out. The solution can be scrubbed once it has dwelled for the appropriate amount of time, then rinsed thoroughly with warm water.
When brewing up homemade grout cleaners why not go with truly natural cleaning products like lemon and baking soda? This recipe is acidic so don't use on marble limestone or travertine tile.
- Baking soda
Mix lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and apply to the dirty grout. Let the mixture dwell, scrub and rinse with warm water.
This recipe uses the cleaning power of hydrogen peroxide, which can bleach, so don't use on colored grout. Test first on marble surfaces.
- 3 parts baking soda
- 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda into a paste and apply to dirty grout lines.Let dwell, scrub and rinse with warm water. This mixture works great, and can also be used a poultice for natural stone.
Professional Cleaners Can Help
Knowing how to clean grout with baking soda can protect your family and the environment, along with saving you money. However, if you have crazy amounts of tile and grout to clean in your home, then it may be time to spend a little money hire a professional cleaner.
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