Tile grout naturally attracts mildew and mold colonies. Its semi-abrasive texture holds moisture more easily than actual tile, creating the perfect environment for unwanted soap scum. Not only are buildups of soap scum unattractive, but they can also increase the risk of respiratory illness and infection. This is why it’s important to clean them on a regular basis. But just how are you supposed to clean the hard-to-reach grout areas between the bathroom tile? Keep reading for some simple and effective solutions for cleaning tile grout.
One of the easiest and arguably most effective ways to clean bathroom tile grout is with diluted vinegar. This highly acidic solution will eat away at even the most stubborn soap scum colonies. And best of all, vinegar is incredibly cheap and should only cost you a couple bucks from your local grocery store or supermarket.
Start by mixing a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water. Some people may use 100% vinegar, but this really isn’t necessary. Even at 50%, diluted vinegar is still strong enough to eat through soap scum, mildew and mold. Thoroughly mix the vinegar and water into a spray bottle and generously apply it over the tile grout. You may need to spray it directly in front of the grout so the diluted vinegar actually goes down into the cracks and crevasses.
Allow the diluted vinegar solution to sit on your bathroom tile grout for about 5-10 minutes. Once this amount of time has passed, use a dish cleaning sponge or pad to wipe it down. Depending on how much of the solution has dried, you may need to reapply additional vinegar. Continue wiping down the tile grout until it’s thoroughly cleaned. Don’t worry about the somewhat pungent odor of the vinegar, as this will go away.