1. Baking Soda
For regular light cleaning of water spots, minimal product residue and dust, the gently abrasive action of baking soda may be all you need.
- Dip a damp sponge into a bowl of pure baking soda and use this to scrub down tiles, grout and other bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
- Rinse thoroughly or wipe well with warm water.
Among natural cleaners, vinegar is one of the most versatile and effective. Its acidic nature means it creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and some bacteria. It’s also fantastic for cutting through soap scum, mineral deposits, water spots and more.
- Mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a bottle and spray it generously onto tiled surfaces.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or sponge.
- Extra tough stains may require the combined action of baking soda and vinegar.
Vinegar also works as a daily preventative agent so be sure to spray this mixture on tiles and glass surfaces before you get out of the shower.
For the next step up in cleaning power
- Mix together ¼ cup of borax, ½ teaspoon lemon oil and enough liquid soap to form a bathroom tiles cleaner paste.
- Using an old toothbrush, scrub this paste into the grout with circular motions before rinsing with warm water.
For deep-rooted discoloration and grime, bleach might be the only answer. First ensure your bathroom is well ventilated and the bleach will only be used on white grouting.
- Dilute bleach with water and spray across the grout.
- Using an old toothbrush, scrub in between the tiles and rinse when finished.
This naturally-occurring mineral is a product of the seasonal evaporation of salt lakes. It is highly alkaline (with a pH of 9.3), which is why borax is so effective at cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing.
Use borax in the same manner as you would baking soda
- Dip a damp sponge into a bowl of borax powder (such as this one from Pure Organic) and scrub until your tiles and grout shine.