7 Ways to Clean Bathroom Tiles

Cleaning the grouts and tiles in the bathroom isn’t anyone’s favorite household chore. If you don’t clean the tiles for a while they will lose their shine and get hard water stains and limescale spots. The grouts, which are supposed to be white, turn yellow or even black. Luckily there are a few tricks that really help and will make your life (a bit) easier and less frustrating.

1. Fabric Softener


Put a splash of fabric softener in a bucket with warm water and scrub this mixture over the bathroom tiles. Don’t forget to rinse the tiles with lukewarm water afterward. Fabric softener also helps remove limescale. So with this method, you only have to clean everything once.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda has the same effect as strong cleaning products – but it doesn’t expose you to hazardous fumes. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda (or: bicarbonate) with water until you get a thick paste. Rub it on the grouts between the tiles in the bathroom, get your hard brush, and scrub away. Let it soak for about 30 minutes and rinse it off.

3. Lemon

You can also make your own (natural) cleaning agent with lemon, dish soap and borax. Mix 75 mg borax with half a teaspoon of lemon oil and add dish soap until it becomes a paste. You can use it for the grouts, but it’s also a good cleaning product for the tiles. Leave the paste on for a while and rinse the tiles with warm water. Use circling movements for a better result.

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4. Coke

A can of (regular) coke is another great way to clean dirty bathroom grouts. It sounds weird, but it really does. This is what you need to do: rub some coke on the grouts, let it soak for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a clean tea towel.

5. Baking Soda, Water & Vinegar

If baking soda alone didn’t do the trick, try this: After you covered the tiles with the baking soda paste, let it soak, and prepare a mixture of natural vinegar and water. Rub the mixture on the tiles, and let the baking soda and vinegar mixtures soak for about half an hour. Once the 30 minutes are passed you can rinse it off with lukewarm or warm water.

6. Chlorine

If the tiles and grouts are discoloured, chlorine is your only solution. Make sure to vent the bathroom properly and only use it for the bathroom tiles and grouts. Put the chlorine in a spray bottle, mix it with water and spray it on the discoloured places. Let it soak and rinse with warm water afterwards. If you only want to clean the grouts: spray it directly on the grouts, and rub it in properly with an old toothbrush.

7. Candle

Everybody wants to prevent moldy and dirty bathroom grouts because let’s be honest – this is nobody’s favorite chore. Here’s what you need to do: buy a long candle and drag it across the grouts that get dirty. Do this a few times, until there’s a thick layer. This wax layer prevents mould from getting on the grouts. After this, you only have to check the candle wax layer every now and then.