How to Quickly Clean Your Grout

Sometimes on the weekends I do really cool awesome things…. and sometimes I do really boring “have to” things – like laundry and moping. Every week I mop our tile in our laundry room and every week it just gets dirtier and dirtier. For seven years our grout has been collecting dirt – to the point where I told Spencer we were ripping it all up because it was so gross. I had NO idea what to do about it and was frustrated that nothing I had tried really worked – and that we made a HUGE first mistake – we picked a really light grout. But then the Heavens opened and I stumbled upon a cure – Cue angles singing in the background – and today I am here to tell you I found out how to quickly clean your grout!!! {Hallelujah! Hallelujah!!}

How to Quickly Clean Your Grout

Supplies you Need:

White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Dawn Dish Soap
Wash Rag
Old Toothbrush

Before you begin, mix Water and White Vinegar with a 1:4 ratio in a spray bottle. Mix in 2 tablespoons of Dawn.

I was almost hesitant to post this – because I am a tiny bit embarrassed by how nasty my grout was. This is one of those things that I look at and think “why didn’t I do this sooner!”

This area probably has the highest traffic in our house. There is a door to the garage, the basement and the laundry room + bathroom all in this area. So when the kids (and the husband) come in all muddy – this is where they go! So here are a couple before photos – keep in mind that the grout “should be” an off-whiteish color.

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Gross right?

Let’s clean it up – the easy way!

First, take your wet wash rag and wipe down the grout lines.

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Sprinkle/spread baking soda in your grout lines. I just got down and dirty and used my hands!

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Next, spray the baking soda with the water/vinegar/dawn mixture.

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The baking soda will fiz up. Let it sit for a few seconds – like maybe 20 seconds. I let it sit a few more seconds for the “dirtier” areas.

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Then simply scrub the dirt off with your old toothbrush! You don’t even need that much elbow grease – the baking soda and mixture do the trick!

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It seriously is so fast and so easy and leaves your grout looking awesome! Here you can see where I had already cleaned and where I needed to clean.

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Crazy right? and a little bit gross. I cleaned the bathroom, the laundry room and the entry way to the garage in about an hour and a half – and somewhere in there I fed my three little kids some mac n’ cheese! I’m tellin’ ya – it is really easy and seriously look at the difference:

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I had debated calling in a grout cleaning company but I am so happy I tired this first. My tile/grout looks brand new and now I don’t want new tile quite so badly – (it’s still on the to-do list – just further down the list now!)

If you haven’t cleaned your grout in a while – hurry up and buy some vinegar and baking soda! You will LOVE the results!


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  1. Awesome! I need to do this asap! Would love for you to link this to Friday Favorites this Thursday night! Best part- I have the “ingredients.” laura
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  2. Wow the difference is amazing! I need to clean our kitchen and bathroom grout sooo bad! I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Helen Brooks says:

    Really great idea! I have never tried to clean grout this way but I’ll definitely do! Green solutions are just lovely! Thanks for sharing! Greetings!

  4. Can this only be used on white grout? I’d love to try it!

  5. How did you clean up the excess liquid?

  6. Sharon Axelrod says:

    I have a question regarding this ratio.

    Before you begin, mix Water and White Vinegar with a 1:4 ratio in a spray bottle. Mix in 2 tablespoons of Dawn.

    Is the first number water or vinegar?

  7. Oh yeah I tried this. It works, somewhat BUT….getting the baking soda off the tile is a chore from hell. I finally had to use a wet bath towel to get it off the floor. I had a pan of water during the cleaning but rinsing and wiping was not enough. I am going to try something different next time.

  8. The before and after pictures of your grout cleaning are amazing. I really hope to be able to clean up my old tile to make it look decent again. I had no idea that such simple products, like vinegar and baking soda, could make such a big difference. Thanks!

  9. Just did my grout and am amazed at how well this works! I think we have the same tile and my grout was just as dirty. I started with a toothbrush but changed to a nail brush which was sturdier. Thank you so much for the post.


  1. […] I settled on the method where you sprinkle baking soda on the grout, and then spray a mixture of water, vinegar, and dawn dish soap on the baking soda. Then you wait 20-30 seconds and take a toothbrush to scrub the grout lines. This is where you need some muscle! After scrubbing with the toothbrush, I took a wet towel and wiped any excess grout cleaning mixture off of the floor. Here is where I got my inspiration for the mixture: Grout cleaning mixture. […]

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