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DIY Grout Buster

Cleaning stubborn grout stains is no one’s idea of a party. Luckily, it’s easy to make your own grout cleaner that’s safe, earth-friendly and effective.

In this grout cleaner recipe, baking soda removes stains and acts as a mild abrasive to tackle mold. Castile soap helps lift away oil and grime while hydrogen peroxide is a biodegradable disinfectant with mild bleaching abilities, making it a clean choice for the environment. When making your own grout cleaner, make sure to avoid acidic ingredients such as vinegar, which can cause grout to break down.

LEMON CASTILE GROUT CLEANER

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp liquid castile soup
  • 40 drops lemon essential oil
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1. To a small bowl or jar, add all ingredients and stir to combine.

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2. Using a spoon, drizzle cleaner onto grout lines and let sit for 30 minutes.

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3. Use a sponge or rag to wipe away cleaner from lightly soiled area. (NOTE: For tougher stains, use a toothbrush to scrub grout, then wipe away.)

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4. Use a wet sponge to clean off any residue.

NOTE: While hydrogen peroxide is safe to use, it can sting cuts. Inhaling large amounts can also irritate the lungs. Wear gloves and a mask when handling.