4 Cleaners, 1 Success Story: Getting Tile Grout Clean

When we moved into our apartment five short months ago, we hit the ground running with decorating our new digs. But lately, it seems we've been paying closer attention to the little things. Take for instance our bathroom floor (white tile which is classic and goes perfect with our decor). Unfortunately, the dirty grout is trumping our style.So we set out this weekend to attempt to clean it with supplies we already had on hand. Initially, we tried our homemade green cleaning solution without success. While it smelled nice, we were left with a shiny floor--but still dirty tiles.

We next stepped up our game with Comet with Bleach but it was too messy for our liking and didn't offer results much better than our green cleaning formula.

A little frustrated, we rummaged under the sink to find a spray bottle of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach. We liked the fact that we could control where the spray went and it seemed to really work (with a little elbow grease and an old toothbrush). What we couldn't stomach was the strong bleach smell and decided to go back to the drawing board.

Our last ditch effort was a bottle of Soft Scrub--which worked really well. No strong smell, the gel was easy enough to control and clean the grout with our toothbrush. And afterwards, a clean wipe down with a damp towel and our grout looks (almost) new.

Apartment Therapy readers--what have you used with success in getting your grout to look new again?

(Images: Beth Zeigler)

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