The bathroom being the wettest room of the house is always at risk of mould growth. The first and most visible place it shows up is in the grout. Bathroom grout is porous and typically light in colour which means mould and dirt gathers in the crevices discolouring and effecting the overall clean look of your bathroom.

It’s important that you clean your grout to prevent dirt accumulating but by using a lot of harsh chemicals you could be damaging your grout and your family’s health.

Here are some tips to get your grout back to it’s former glory without breathing in toxic chemicals and would likely save you some money:

 1. Basic tap water

Start by using warm tap water with a stiff bristled brush and scrub the grout in circular motions. This will loosen the build up between the tiles and make the rest of the cleaning process easier. If you have a steamer you can use this on the grout to further loosen up the dirt.

 

2. Vinegar and baking soda

Combine two tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Scrub the paste into the grout with a bristled brush. Once you have covered the grout in the paste,  spray a 50-50 mixture of water (or hydrogen peroxide if you want a more intense clean) and white vinegar and let it bubble for at least half an hour. Repeat this process if you like.

3. Lemon and borax

Mix ¼ cup of borax, ½ teaspoon lemon oil and enough liquid soap to form a paste. With an old toothbrush scrub the paste into the grout in circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

 

 

 

 

Maintenance

Once you have done the hard work, it’s now up to you to ensure that your bathroom maintains its pristine condition.

 

 

1. Keep your bathroom dry
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are used during and after a shower.
  • Ensure that you have a bath mat handy for when you exit the bath/shower.
  • Wipe up big splashes.
  • Keep windows open as much as possible for fresh air to ventilate the bathroom.

 

2. Treat stains as they appear

As soon as you see a stain, rub it off with a bit of toothpaste so it doesn’t worsen over time.

 

3. Pencil eraser

Rub stubborn spots with a white eraser for a quick touch up.

It's amazing how these seemingly little detail such as a clean grout can lift the appearance of your bathroom!