Saturday, November 2, 2013


How to clean grout
1-2-3 Clean Your Grout!

The BEST Grout Cleaner 
So are you ready to FINALLY get your tile floors and grout lines cleaned?  I have tried a few different products over the years, ranging from homemade mixes that I found on the internet to expensive grout cleaners.  All of them worked a little bit, but I always found something I didn't like about them.  Some were very expensive and you needed several bottles to complete one floor, some had a very strong odor, and others required a lot of time and scrubbing.  In the end, I always wound up only completing a small section of the floor before I got totally bored and frustrated.  One day, while desperate to clean my shower and having nothing on hand I thought i try the only cleaner I had in the house; Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach.  To my surprise it worked quite well on the shower and gave it an instant cleaning.  I then started to think "well, what else can this stuff clean".  I immediately thought of the dirty grout lines on my tile floor in the kitchen.  I tested it on a small section and couldn't believe how fast and easy it cleaned the disgusting grout lines in my kitchen.
So I decided I would finally commit to cleaning the kitchen floor!
So began the 1-2-3 Grout Challenge!
1 product, less then 2 hrs and a total cost of under 3 dollars!!!
So gather your supplies and lets begin!
There really is no trick to doing this.  I simply took my Clorox cleaner (its a gel, so it poured perfectly into the grout lines) and started to pour the cleaner onto about a 3 foot by 3 foot section of tile floor.  I then let the gel cleaner sit on the grout lines for approximately 10 minutes.  I then took my hard plastic bristol brush and lightly scrubbed the cleaner into the grout lines.  I found that it really didn't take a lot of effort, the cleaner really did most of the work.  I then let the scrubbed in cleaner sit for approximately another 5 minutes.  Next I took a wet mop and cleaned up the cleaner.  I then moved onto the next section and repeated the above steps.  The only warning I would give is to be very careful while walking on the floor until you mop up the solution.  The floor will be very slippery!  I was scared at first thinking that the floor was going to stay slippery, but once I mopped the whole floor when I was done and it dried the floor was perfectly fine.  The original color of my kitchen grout lines were a very light sanded gray.  I also did my bathroom tile which has bright white sanded grout lines (I wish I took before and after pics because the difference in there was unbelievable).  Sorry I do not have dark grout lines anywhere in my house, so I cannot tell you how the Clorox cleaner will work on those.
So thats really it.  One bottle of Clorox gel cleaner, one plastic hard bristol brush and a couple of hours and you will have professionally cleaned tile floor and grout lines!
Even though my kitchen floors get mopped every day, the grout lines were just disgusting.  This kitchen floor is about 15 years old and this is the first time I really cleaned the grout lines.  It's hard to believe looking at these pictures that the grout lines were that dirty.  It truly looked like a new kitchen floor when I was done!
Hope you take the 1-2-3 Challenge and finally have the clean kitchen or bathroom floors that you always dreamed of!!!


  1. I've done this and it works beautifully!

    1. Was your tile white? Mine is beige with beige grout, I was wondering about discoloration.

    2. Thanks Tiffanita....I couldn't believe how well this stuff worked also!

    3. Hi fluffyslippers....The tile in my kitchen is white with light grey sanded grout lines. I also did the tile floor in my bathroom and that tile is blue with white grout lines. The bleach cleanser did not discolor the blue tile at all. I can not tell you for certain that it would not discolor your tile since I did not try it on beige tiles or beige grout, but as I mentioned above it did not discolor my blue tiles or my grey grout. Maybe you can test it in a hidden spot to be certain. Good Luck if you do try it and thanks for the question!

  2. I am on this so fast I cant believe it. Trying for years with way too much work

  3. You should use a grout sealer (available at hardware stores) once its clean and it will stay cleaner longer

  4. Bartenders Friend also works AND teeth whitening mouthwash, too!!!!! (using a toothbrush!)

  5. Well ladies...I'm in!
    I will be doing this, as I too, have wasted many many hours to only get it a 'little clean'...and way too much work!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Charlotte from AZ


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