Cleaning with Baking Soda & Vinegar
I’ve seen some fabulous ideas on Pinterest. I shared 5 baking soda uses with you. But there was one I wasn’t completely sold on. No matter how many times I saw it pinned on Pinterest. Even before and after photos couldn’t convince me. I didn’t believe that I could see such amazing changes in my tile grout by cleaning with baking soda and vinegar.
Giving Tile Grout New Life
All I did was grab the baking soda and vinegar out of the cabinet. We already have both and usually do. That’s what makes this an easy and natural way to clean. So I mixed up a little paste and chose a spot in our miles of kitchen and laundry room tile to give it a go. We have a lot of tile and I knew it was dirty. I’m not in denial of that.
So there it is. A tiny stretch of tile in the center of our kitchen. We clean! We really do! It was like this when we bought the house last year. The house is over 40 years old and while I don’t think the tile is quite that old, it’s definitely not brand new. So I knew the grout was dirty. I didn’t think that grout was usually dark gray.
I put some of the baking soda and vinegar paste on the grout and let it sit. I had read some directions online about letting it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. It didn’t mention scrubbing at all. I will admit that I did do a little bit of scrubbing with an old toothbrush. I just couldn’t resist.
I knew some cleaning was happening because the paste turned a little bit darker. It started turning gray. Something good had to be happening!
Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar Works
Do you see that photo? It’s a bit embarrassing to see just how dirty the grout was but I am so thrilled with how well the baking soda and vinegar worked! I was skeptical but the proof is in the pictures! The before is at the top of the shot and then after is from the middle down to the intersection of grout. It’s a completely different color!
Now my next step is to figure out how I can clean all of the grout in my kitchen and laundry room. I don’t think there is enough time in my life to do it all with a toothbrush and a little bit of paste. So I’m working on that plan now.
Oh and I also discovered another great use for baking soda and vinegar that I will share with you next week!