How to Clean Grout With Organic Cleaner

Grout can harbor mold, mildew, dirt and germs, especially when it's located in a humid environment. Many household cleaners, such as chlorine bleach and mold and mildew removers, are toxic to people and pets. Clean your grout with an organic cleaner like vinegar, baking soda, borax or hydrogen peroxide instead. The acid in white vinegar cleans, brightens and kills mold, mildew and germs without harsh fumes or skin irritation, while borax kills and prevents mold and mildew. Baking soda's mild abrasive properties help to scrub stains away, and peroxide cleans and disinfects with oxygen bubbles.

Vinegar

Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with full-strength white vinegar.

Step 2

Spray the grout thoroughly with white vinegar. Allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the grout with an old toothbrush or a grout brush.

Step 4

Rinse the grout with water from a shower head, or fill a cup with water and pour it over the grout.

Step 5

Dry the grout with a towel.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Step 6

Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide.

Step 7

Spray the grout thoroughly with the peroxide. Allow it to sit for 10 or 15 minutes to brighten the grout and kill any mold or mildew.

Step 8

Scrub the grout with a grout brush or toothbrush.

Step 9

Rinse the grout with a shower head or pour a cup of water over it.

Step 10

Dry the grout with a towel.

Baking Soda

Step 11

Fill a medium-sized bowl halfway with baking soda. Add enough water to make a thick paste, and stir it with a spoon until it's smooth.

Step 12

Apply the baking soda paste to the grout with an old toothbrush or grout brush, scrubbing gently to loosen any debris. Allow the paste to sit on the grout for five minutes, or until it dries.

Step 13

Rinse the grout with water from a shower head, or pour cups of water over the grout.

Step 14

Dry the grout with a towel.

Borax

Step 15

Add 1 gallon of hot water to a bucket, and stir in 1/2 cup of borax with a spoon.

Step 16

Dip a nylon scouring pad into the bucket, and scrub the grout with borax solution.

Step 17

Pour water over the grout to rinse, or leave the borax solution on the grout to prevent future mold and mildew growth. If you decide to rinse the grout, dry it thoroughly with a towel.