One of my biggest projects each year is cleaning grout.  All of mine is white so it  shows dirt fairly easy.

I have used different solutions that I purchased to clean my grout, but was never totally satisfied with the results.

I found this recipe for a homemade  mixture on the internet and it is amazing!!  (  

* 7 cups water

* 1/2 cup baking soda

* 1/3 cup lemon juice

* 1/4 cup vinegar ( I use white)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or bucket.  Apply to grout with a toothbrush.  Scrub.  Wipe up excess with a dry cloth.  I actually let it set about an hour and then scrub the floor with clear water.  When it dries it continues to become more white.

grout cleaningCeramic tile with white grout in my hallway.

cleaning groutPorcelin tile with white grout in my kitchen. 

cleaning grout I also have this in 2 bathrooms.  This solution even cleans hairspray off the tile in the bathroom.

As I stated, the commercial products that I have previously purchased did not give me the results I was looking for.  This homemade solution seems to be mild on the tile flooring and cleans so well.  As with any product, please test it on a small area first. 



  1. I am going to try this – I have some pretty dingy looking grout in my bathrooms that could use some help. And all the commercial cleaners always seem to give me a headache. Sigh. But now I will not have an excuse not to clean…………….

    1. It really does work great and smells good. There can surely be another excuse not to clean. Your new grandson!!!

  2. I am excited to try this. I have a hard time getting the grout in my shower to look clean. I am also dissatisfied with commercial solutions. The recipe looks easy and your floors look amazing.

  3. Thank you, Pamela! I have a large area of white tile in my kitchen and front foyer – and many pets! I’ve been trying various solutions and have not found one that’s satisfactory. The ones that come close do contain vinegar and baking soda, however. Your floors simply sparkle! I’m going to try this recipe this week! THANK YOU!

    1. I’m not sure but there has to be some other projects. I’ll be thinking on this as work thru my spring cleaning!

  4. Your kitchen is absolutely stunning! I’m so glad you found something that works for you and you even know what it is in it! I bet it would work well on the grout on my kitchen counters even though they aren’t white they could sure be cleaner!

    1. I bet it would work on your grout too. Let me know how it goes if you try it. I just finished doing my last floor today and I am so wiped out!! Getting too old for this I guess. Have a good weekend.

    1. Please let me know how it works for you. My grout is white so I get great results. In one room my tile & grout is about 18 tears old (foyer). My kitchen & bathrooms are 6 years old. It is time consuming and hard on the knees but so worth it. Good luck. What color is your grout?

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