Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Savings Experiment: Homemade Grout Cleaner

Homemade Grout Cleaner

I have something to admit-- My husband and I moved into our house about one year ago. I thought that the grout in our kitchen was gray... Little did I know it was just FILTHY! I spent about one week completely cleaning the entire kitchen, hallway and bathroom floor. I originally used Tilex and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It was SO expensive. I also was concerned about Tinkerbell who seems to lick the floor even when we try to train her not to. So I turned to the homemade method.

The Recipe:

1/2 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Baking Soda

Mix it together to form a paste
Place the paste on the grout and wait about five minutes.

Use a stiff bristle brush. and scrub.

The Results

It cleans the grout perfectly! Although it takes a little elbow grease to get your floor to sparkle it worked very well and the best part is it is NON TOXIC.

The Cost Analysis

Vinegar 1 Gallon $3.49 $o.22 per cup
Baking Soda $1.49 $0.60 per cup

Tilex 32 oz $4.49 Walmart $1.12 per cup

The numbers speak for themselves!

It is also a much safer method for cleaning if you have children or pets at home.


Practically Spent said...

I LOVE these two products....together and separate. I use vinegar for almost all my cleaning. Do you choose Heinz too? I like it because it's not distilled with petroleum.

Mary Catherine said...

I choose it for the same reasons! I am a vinegar junkie! I am buying it by the gallon for all my cleaning projects!

Frugal Finds 4 Frugal Minds said...

Hi Mary Catherine!
I love this! Do you have before & after pictures of your grout?? I would love to see it!!