Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Grout Scrubbing Time

While I'm not a particularly tidy person, I love me a clean bathroom!  Whenever my boyfriend or I start using a new toothbrush, I know exactly what my plans are for the old one.

Deep. Clean. The. Grout.

I'm not sure how often grout is supposed to be deep cleaned, but only two corners get visibly dirty and they seem to stay clean enough if I do it every time one of us replaces a toothbrush.

These are the two gross corners. Interestingly, the rest of grout remains remarkably white That being said.... these corners have been looking quite ahem... NASTY as of late. Case in point:

Oh the horror...

Baking soda and lemon (and the ol' toothbrush) to the rescue!

If you've never used baking soda and lemon/vinegar to clean before, pleeeease try it. You'll be amazed!
Here's how I did it:
  • 1/8 cup of baking soda
  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 old toothbrush
  1. Dip the toothbrush in the baking soda
  2. Rub the lemon half on the wall so it gets wet with lemon juice
  3. Scrub away with the baking soda-covered toothbrush in the areas you just wet with the lemon juice.
You'll see a nice fizzy action going on! The baking soda is abrasive so it really gets the dirt out and lemon leaves a very nice scent. Above all, you don't have to worry about any of this:

I kid you not, a few years ago my mom nearly passed out when she accidentally made mustard gas while cleaning the bathroom by mixing ammonia and bleach. Harsh cleaners just aren't worth the risk when products around the house do an amazing job. Lemon and baking soda also works very well at getting the bathroom fixtures all shiny!

 Here are some before and after pics of the bathtub corners:

Take that grout!


  1. Wow, that worked really well. I use vinegar for everything but haven't tried this method yet. I have to admit, I've bought CLR before and I think I've suffered permanent lung damage.

  2. Wow, I wasn't sure it would get THAT clean, but that is quite amazing! I loath cleaning my bathroom though :S

    With those kind of results it makes me want to get a new tooth brush all the sooner just to have the grout clean.

  3. Michelle, maybe you need to use an electric toothbrush hah (eww!)


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